Herald on Fork & Brewer

June 16th, 2013 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

The reviews the Fork & Brewer in Wellington:

Tucked away in a former pizza joint just off Wellington’s Willis St, this pub presented me with something of a problem when I first found it. Having been to an event where the troughing and grazing were top-notch, the stairs were a struggle for me.

However, that was the only struggle I had as I found an absolute gem of a bar at the top; a haven for those who love not just great beer but exceptional food as well.

The place is large enough to accommodate both a generous bar area and a quieter dining area, despite having a brewery slap in the middle of it. With 40 beers on tap, you need to give yourself a bit of time when you visit.

The beer selection is nicely democratic, offering mainstream as well as craft versions, which allows the customer to decide what to drink. Among the craft beers are some stand-out drops, like Renaissance Stonecutter Scotch Ale, Yeastie Boys’ Pot Kettle Black and Fuller’s London Pride among many others. The bottled selection is strong, with a nice choice of beers from around the world.

The wine list is well thought-out and handily priced, while the spirits selection is great.

The service is great, too, with attentive, knowledgeable and, best of all, chatty and genuinely funny people behind the stick, making it the sort of place where even a solo drinker can linger.

The food is simply divine. Chef Anton Legg loves beer and it shows in how he uses spent grain from the brewery as an ingredient in his cuisine. He also makes his own vinegars, which are sensational. If you order the glorious hand-cut, spent-grain-slated chips, make sure you request some of the pale ale vinegar to dip them in. Try the spicy chicken wings, too.

I can thoroughly recommend the chicken wings also!

Wellington is packed with great beer bars (something Auckland should be taking note of) and this is a one of the better ones, taking a simple concept – good beer and good food – and turning it into a real art form. Go there, and enjoy, but make sure you don’t have anything on afterwards because you won’t want to leave.

Scores

Service: 5
Menu: 5
Drinks: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Overall: 5

You can’t complain about a review like that.

is my favourite bar in that area of town. Not only does it have great beer, food and service – it also has power plugs at every table for laptops!

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16 Responses to “Herald on Fork & Brewer”

  1. Left Right and Centre (2,910 comments) says:

    What a wonderful world….

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  2. Viking2 (11,346 comments) says:

    yep, luv eating out with my laptop.

    As bad as walking with the iphones in ears.

    You will destruct before you get old. :lol:

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  3. Black with a Vengeance (1,770 comments) says:

    So a beer, chips and chicken wings would set you back the weekly household budget of a working poor family of roughly how many ?

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  4. nasska (11,095 comments) says:

    ….”the weekly household budget of a working poor family of roughly how many ?”….

    With or without RTDs, Kentucky Fried & Lotto tickets Polly? :)

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  5. bc (1,364 comments) says:

    The place sounds awesome! Almost worth going to Wellington for :)

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  6. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    nasska, do you think they allow angry darkies with a chip on their shoulder at the Fork & Brewer ?

    I was thinking of shouting Sooty With An Attitude, to cheer him up a bit :)

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  7. nasska (11,095 comments) says:

    The hosts may put down an umu if you ask them nicely Kea. It might put a smile on Polly’s sad socialist face. :)

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  8. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    nasska, do they still eat you white fellas ?

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  9. nasska (11,095 comments) says:

    Don’t think so Kea….the high testosterone levels in white man’s flesh is a little off putting for most Fa’afafine. :)

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  10. Grendel (991 comments) says:

    its an awesome venue. its a pity that the guys who owned it when i ran the pub that was there did not have the foresight that the current owners do.

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  11. hmmokrightitis (1,580 comments) says:

    +1.

    And several others worthy of mention. Hashigo for its beers, Malthouse same, and their food isnt too shabby. AFAIK Auckland has a couple (Galbraiths and Brew on Quay are a couple of standouts, BoQ is a tad pricey) but well worth making the trip our Helensville (awful name that) to Hallertau. Buy a couple of their big bad 750 bottles – the Stuntman will put a fire in your belly, cant beat a good IIPA :)

    Thank me later :)

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  12. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    nasska, my blood ancestors have a long involvement with cheeky darkies. We managed 100% employment on various civil projects and other tasks as required. This achievement has never been repeated.

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  13. nasska (11,095 comments) says:

    The pyramids Kea? :)

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  14. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    nasska, yeah pyramids and lots more. It all got messed up when they became unionised though ;)

    I am going to take a lady friend to the Fork & Brewer. She is from a communist country but is less of a commie than my mate sooty.

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  15. Left Right and Centre (2,910 comments) says:

    Ah right, now I know the place after looking it up online. Been a bar for years and years with various name changes and incarnations.

    Places like that provide reasons why I wouldn’t want to work in general freight. Had to one-man 50 litre kegs up around 18 steps up to the second level at the back of the kitchen. Shit of a place to try and park too. Back-breaking stuff. And they’re too busy to sign consignment notes of course. You’d be waiting there all day for a signature. Try to go there after they’ve opened for the day too…. heh

    Used to be called I think The Loaded Hog… and more of an out and out nightclub in the wee hours. That’s going back some.

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  16. Black with a Vengeance (1,770 comments) says:

    Your ancestors were black, kea, ya fucking moran!

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