By Eric Arnett
The Stonegate Pub Company, the owners of the Miller’s Tap, have decided in their infinite wisdom, that the shabby vibe is hip and happening.
The Miller’s Tap is perhaps known best for showing huge sporting events such as Anthony Joshua’s boxing match, or the Six Nations rugby tournament. With a split level floor and large and very vibrant artwork on the walls, the decoration is in the shabby chic style with an effective use of industrial lighting, so that the mood is subdued without being gloomy. An extensive range of well kept craft ales certainly surpasses any other bar or pub in the Uxbridge area.
The menu contains many healthy options such as smoked haddock fishcakes and shawarma chicken nachos as well as the usual suspects of burgers, pizzas, and mac n’ cheese. The wagyu beef burger was extremely tasty and to be recommended. The staff are friendly and efficient and although the visit was on a busy Wednesday evening, service was fast and none of the customers waited a long time for their drinks or food. One pays when ordering the food, a bit like Nando’s.
The burger only took about ten minutes to arrive and with a pint of American IPA, I still had a lot of change from £20. The multiple screens show sporting events from the Super Bowl to Premier League Football. Refreshingly, seats around the screens can be pre-booked via the website meaning you don’t have to turn up and hope that a table might be free. Two unique and special tables are provided with built in beer taps (giving the establishment its name), which are perfect for groups of friends or colleagues.
The atmosphere is very lively and a perfect atmosphere for a large group, however it would probably not be the venue to choose for a first date. The Miller has craft beer in spades and, to give credit where credit is due, they manage this aspect of their operation extremely well indeed. What’s more, it is located opposite the Civic Centre, which is handy for buses from Brunel.