Featuring torched wood walls, cobblestone stamped floors and a Union Jack ceiling, this Tampa pub has spared no expense in creating a unique customer experience.
Formerly called Yeoman’s Road Pub and located on Davis Islands, the pub has been moved and re-branded to take advantage of downtown Tampa’s dynamic growth and improving nightlife options.
Yeoman's Cask & Lion is a British-style pub, both inside and out — Photo courtesy of Yeoman's Cask & Lion
After taking over the new location, owners gutted the space down to the studs and rebuilt from scratch, incorporating both the old and new into the space.
The true test of a British pub, however, is not found in the elegance of its interior, but in its selection of beer. In this area, Yeoman’s Cask & Lion comes up big, featuring over 100 local and international beers, 20 on tap and two cask ales for real authenticity.
For the curious, cask ale is much different than the draft beer commonly found in the US. Cask ale is unfiltered and undergoes carbonation and some fermentation in the cask, from which it's eventually pumped without CO2 at an ideal temperature of 55 degrees.
The result is a less carbonated beer with a fuller and more complex taste.
In addition to the beer selection, there are also two fully stocked liquor bars with no skimping on gin varieties, plus a decent number of good wine options. Prices are pretty good for downtown Tampa, especially during their daily happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and their extra special happy hour from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., aptly called "London Fog."
A great spot to stop in and cheer on your favorite sports teams (especially soccer), Yeoman’s is also known for its live music. Every Friday night there's live, local entertainment from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and every Tuesday is open mic night, a popular hold-over from the old location.
Sunday afternoons are really special, though, with live acoustic music from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., accompanied by all-you-can-drink mimosas and bloody Marys for $9.95.
The menu offers plenty of British and American standards, as well as a few surprises. The British part of the menu is found primarily in the main course dishes and includes the classics of shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash.
Though surprisingly extensive, the rest of the menu is composed primarily of sandwiches and appetizers.