the place is authentic with beer selection second to none. the food is also really good...not bar food..way better. best part about the place...by far...the british bartender...if that doesn't add authenticity i don't know what does. and on top of that...she's hands down the most beautiful girl in this town..maybe country...worth going just to get served by her!!
In addition to the unparalleled (largely English) beer selection, the British Pub fare is jolly good too, Ol' Chap. Undeniably the best Fish and Chips in town, the Gubbins Chicken sandwich and Turkey Reuben are also excellent. For the quintessential hangover food, try a Scotch Egg: boiled egg encased in sausage, breaded/battered and deep fried, served with great spicy mustard. On a recent visit my companion & I attempted to count all the scotches 'The Mile' offers: 76, and that is just the bottles we could see. Likely a few more hidden in the rail we couldn't see. Over time I'm attempting to sample all the beers on the menu, although a visit is never complete without at least one 'Old Peculier' Yorkshire ale- one of my favorites. Thankfully the beer list is substantial enough I'll have to make many more trips to this great British Pub. Cheers!
M and I are frequent patrons of the Royal Mile, especially during the patio months. The food is good: we love the fish and chips, rueben egg rolls, and the Scotch egg.
The draft beer selection is great. M goes for Fuller's London Pride, while I tend towards Bottingtons.
Negatives: it can get pretty smokey, and patio service has been slow the past few times we've visited. S
um... not a true english pub. not owned or run by a true englishman. no H.B. sauce anywhere. good try tho. but not, and I mean not, real.
At first the menu seems a bit sparse, but when you're food comes, you won't be disappointed. Everything on the menu seems to be done well. Probably better Scottish food than you'll get in Scotland. One warning though, this is a bar (a great one) with a sit down area upstairs. May want to keep this is mind when considering what time to eat out. Overall, something different that won't disappoint.
I'll echo what others have said...authentic feel, authentic food and a great beer selection. There's a great vibe in this place. I'd give it five stars, but they have seriously got to get some better smokeaters. Even as a casual smoker, I get smoked out of this bar on busy nights. It can get unbearable. Bring your Visine! :)
Great place! Fish and chips rock as does the Guiness Pie. Awesome atmosphere! Makes you feel like you're back in jolly ole' England.
My favorite place in Des Moines. Great fish and chips (with malt vinegar). Steak pie is pretty sweet too. For an appetizer try the Scotch Eggs.
I go there for the draft beer - Beamish, Harp, Guinness, Bass, Newcastle, Badger Paw, Boddingtons, Strongbow (cider), ESB, London Pride, Fullers Porter, McEwans, John Courage, Tenants, Youngs Double Chocolate just to name a few! Loads of interesting bottled beer as well.
Nice mix of people at the Mile.
First off, these guys have done their homework. Named after the road that leads to Edinburgh, Scotland, this Pub is the closest thing to a true british pub that I have seen in the states. They do have a mean fish and chips as well as curry chicken egg rolls. Great selection including Woodpecker Cider on tap. Cheers.
I love this place. They have tons of beer options from all over the world, they have a patio and the food is good to boot. I would suggest the fish and chips they are delicious. Service could use a pick me up, but I think that is because everytime I have been there it has been busy.
There is an alternative group of youngsters that hang on the patio in the summer time, great people watching. It's just fun!!
My favorite bar in Des Moines, by far. Try an Old Speckled Hen!
Have yourself a Hobgoblin English Ale or an Old Speckled Hen Ale (on tap) You won't be sorry!
The Beefeater: half pound burger, roast beef, corned beef, fried onions, and Fuller's cheese sauce. For the gastronomically adventurous only, but delicious, oh yes.
Ask for Eric and order a Johnny Jump Up!
Bowl of Guiness Stew is only $4 and it's fantastic
Reuben rolls rock.
A nice chill place to have a drink.
OMG, the Oatmeal stout. Order. Now.
Be sure to check out the upstairs for Belgian beers at The Red Monk
Ask bartender Moe about scotch.
Hobgoblin English Ale. Try it now, thank me later.
Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Order a shot of Zwack Unicum, the national aperitif of Hungary, with a beer back.
The fish and chips are my wife and my favorite!
I've enjoyed fish and chips across England & Ireland. The fish and chips here are quite good; easily the best I've had in the States.
Scotch Egg is delicious. Try one!
The Earl of sandwich and a black/tan. Good lunch or dinner combo
Great place to sit with friends after work and drink hard cider!
A tip for The Royal Mile: offer food later than 9, especially on weekends...
Best Reuben ever!
The Beefeater sandwich was so good I might leave my wife for it!
Best chips ever! Make sure to give them a try.
This bar has the best scotch selection in the midwest
Arguably the best bar in Des Moines. Pick a mid level scotch at random and enjoy!
The grilled duck breast and Guinness stew over mashed potatoes are both phenomenal!
Now on tap boulevard tank no7. Yummy
Come visit the wall 'o' whiskey and try the rueben egg roll thingies
Go to The Royal Mile and ask for a "surfer on acid" shot. Tell em Cali sent you ;)
Fish and Chips!!! mmmmmmmm
The Royal Mile is a true english pub with lots of warmth and plenty of character. It's decorated in dark wood, lots of European wall hangings, and even has a fire place.
They offer an extensive selection of imported beers, both on tap and in bottles (including Boddington's and Strongbow Cider on tap). They also have a ton of jagermeister and over 30 single-malt scotches.
Though the average age at the Royal Mile seems to be mid 30s, the crowd seriously ranges from all ages - you'll find grandpas, kids in their 20s, and everything in between.
We haven't tried the food yet, but apparently the fish and chips, and pork loin medallions are great.
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