It has been the talk ‘of the town’ for a few weeks, so what better way to the start of a long weekend by checking out the Bent Spoke Brewery. Master brewer, Richard Watkins and partner Tracy Margrain (both formerly of Wig and Pen) have hit the ground running with their brewpub in Braddon.
On Friday night, after and short line-up to get in (to be expected on opening night) I was happy to see the industrial style decor did not overpower the venue and was blended perfectly with raw timber inclusions, such as the beer taps (room for up to 18 tap in the future). The high ceilings, abundance of glass and large silver vats provide a striking and unique feel to the pub that feels understated and not at all ‘over the top.’
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Not being a beer or cider drinker myself I questioned whether I would bother checking out the Bent Spoke, however I am glad that I did because although the venue is a ‘beer-lovers paradise,’ I was pleasantly surprised to see that there is a selection of wine available and was even happier when I noticed that it had been sourced locally. It appears Watkins and Margrain have catered for a wide variety of people in their planning.
If online reviews from the weekends’ trade are anything to go by the venue will continue to draw crowds, however, the one criticism that appears to have been discussed online is the disappointment of the food and portion verses price. Being the opening weekend perhaps there were a few teething problems in the kitchen, however I’m sure it will be a matter of ‘watch this space.’
Overall, what a relief to see a Canberra venue that does not look and feel the same as other bars/pubs in Canberra, which are all starting to look very much alike! Watkins and Margrain have definitely found a niche in Canberra and it is not difficult to see why Canberra’s newest ‘hot spot’ has been received so well in its’ first few days.