Ambience★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Service★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Food★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Once you’ve got your drink in front of you, apply yourself to the smart bar snacks to soak it all up. Options that hit the mark are flash-fried broccoli, sesame-beef short-rib and Korean chicken lollipops. We opt for chilli poppers, which arrive fat, golden, hot and suitably creamy inside.
Burgers are the perfect size to eat with your hands – satisfying but not gargantuan – and come on boards with regular fries, but you might want to upgrade to truffle-parmesan fries here. They’re crisped up with finely grated parmesan and a hint of truffly aroma – highly recommended and delicious with a pint of Devil’s Peak lager. After our meal has arrived we spy delicious-looking puffy onion rings on someone else’s burger board. Something to enquire about next time, as they are nowhere to be found on the menu.
The Green Chilli burger option is a tangy and not-too-hot affair with pickled jalapeños nestling in white cheddar atop a gorgeously smoky-flavoured patty. It’s super tasty, with soft and slightly sweet buns buttered and toasted on both sides to add extra yum factor and crunch.
Vegetarians might like the chickpea burger patty, else they could opt for a salad (butternut, beetroot, lentil and goat’s cheese sounds like a winner) or the porcini-and-gruyère risotto.
If you have space after all that deep-fried everything, try some churros with hot chocolate sauce or throw caution to the wind with a Banoffee Mess.
Some menu items aren't always available, so don't set your heart on things before chatting to the wait staff.
Devil's Peak beer is on tap, with tasting notes to guide you. You can also go to see the glistening taps up close and ask for some advice from the friendly bartenders. If you’re not a beer drinker, don’t despair – the menu has some promising wines, hard tack and a solid selection of local gins, some of which are made in the neighbourhood.
Staff are very sweet if a little inexperienced and vague. The tables and menus are rather grubby – but you’re in a Woodstock brewery taproom after all. You get the feeling a firm hand on the management side of things could really make a good space into a great one.
Devil’s Peak Taproom has cleverly transformed the front half of a brewery warehouse-type space into a bar and eatery. High ceilings can make it feel a bit cavernous and noisy, but the reward is huge windows looking over onto the urban scene, with some bar stools and counters along the road-facing section, and a balcony that must pump in summer. The industrial feeling is softened somewhat with beautiful blue wooden chairs and pops of proteas in old wine bottles.
A few TV screens dotted around make this a good place to watch sporting events with a rowdy crowd. (LS)
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