The Tap Room

While paging through House and Leisure this month I spotted an opening of an establishment by the Devils peak brewing company.    A new place to drink craft beers – who can refuse so this Saturday we went to try it out.

It is located at 95 Durham Road in Salt River and to be honest is what one would call a hidden gem after we drove up and down the road and eventually found the non-descript hole in wall entrance at the back of a big brick building.  I’m sure the signage is on its way (hopefully).

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The magazine offered pics of an industrial style space of brick and painted cement flooring and  with a wooden bar and copper draft taps.  The actual venue delivered so much more – a panoramic view of Devils peak (how apt) and an amazing array of eclectic décor.  A friend of ours described it as their interior designer going and buying the entire Milnerton market and finding place for it in the Tap Room.  Yet, somehow, it all works brilliantly and makes you feel instantly comfortable and proud of yourself for finding such a divine hipsterish joint.

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The devils peak craft beers have been around for a while and the labels are expertly designed giving you a feeling that they came straight out of Game of Thrones and offer a story behind each one.  Iconic names such as The Cape Woodhead Amber Ale and Silvertree Saison promise a taste experience which you can embark on by having a tasting board experience of mini glasses.  By the look of it though, they weren’t so mini and they’ll probably have you sorted for a fair while.

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Currently the Tap room is open from Wed – Sat from 12 – 10 but on a Saturday the license expires at 6.  I’m not sure if they are looking to extend this but I can imagine many a Saturday evening dying to be enjoyed here. The menu is classic pub food with a touch of style such as a cheese burger and hand cut chips as well as a pulled pork roll that uses one of the craft beers in the recipe.    We just had some snacky bits such salami sticks and cheese boards.  Surprisingly, however, the clear favourite was the bright green flash fried broccoli served with mayo.  Healthyish bar snacks – is that possible?

I loved this place – we’ll definitely be back.

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