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Colbar @ wessex Estate

Postby JR8 » Tue, 07 May 2013 11:33 pm

Just had dinner and drinks out their tonight. Most strange, like a Boy Scout camp on on a hill-side, with one of the more impressive beer fridges* I've seen in a long while.

* I had an Old Grumpy, and an Old Growler. Not cheap about $11 each, but a real treat...choice - maybe 40 British bottled beers, most very classy looking!!

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Postby Barnsley » Wed, 08 May 2013 9:54 am

JR8 wrote:Just had dinner and drinks out their tonight. Most strange, like a Boy Scout camp on on a hill-side, with one of the more impressive beer fridges* I've seen in a long while.

* I had an Old Grumpy, and an Old Growler. Not cheap about $11 each, but a real treat...choice - maybe 40 British bottled beers, most very classy looking!!


I like to have the Liver and Bacon there :)

They do have a good selection of beers thats for sure.

I think they are cheaper by a dollar or two than The Good Beer Company which is in the Chinatown Food Court.
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Postby the lynx » Wed, 08 May 2013 11:31 am

JR8 wrote:Just had dinner and drinks out their tonight. Most strange, like a Boy Scout camp on on a hill-side, with one of the more impressive beer fridges* I've seen in a long while.

* I had an Old Grumpy, and an Old Growler. Not cheap about $11 each, but a real treat...choice - maybe 40 British bottled beers, most very classy looking!!


Ah, just when I thought that no one would discover Colbar. Pretty lovely place, albeit very secluded and definitely a nightmare for those who relies on public transport (there is only ONE bus!). I live nearby and I've only been there once.

Too bad I wasn't aware of the beer selection, or I'd have sampled some myself!

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 08 May 2013 1:47 pm

Been 20 years since I've been to the Colbar! :o

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 08 May 2013 6:34 pm

Curry, rice, chips and beer...yum! :lol:

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Postby curiousgeorge » Sat, 11 May 2013 6:24 pm

Still one of the best places for English Breakfasts...

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Postby x9200 » Sat, 11 May 2013 8:00 pm

Never been there but sounds good. Is it worth to consider for some future E.Gathering or taking into account our throughput too pricey?

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Postby nutnut » Sat, 11 May 2013 8:04 pm

x9200 wrote:Never been there but sounds good. Is it worth to consider for some future E.Gathering or taking into account our throughput too pricey?


THIS! SMS, how about we try this (or Cider Pit in Joo Chiat) as they have a great selection of beers!

Actually, there are a few coffee shops popping up with decent selections of beers nowadays, George at East of Avalon Wines must be raking it in!
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Postby Brah » Sat, 11 May 2013 9:03 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Been 20 years since I've been to the Colbar! :o

It has moved since then.

But you still get a thumbprint in your sandwich if the old guy makes or serves it.

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Postby Brah » Sat, 11 May 2013 9:05 pm

x9200 wrote:Never been there but sounds good. Is it worth to consider for some future E.Gathering or taking into account our throughput too pricey?

It's more of a day place, at night I think it would be a mosquito feeding frenzy. Also a bit out of the way.

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Postby JR8 » Sat, 11 May 2013 10:02 pm

curiousgeorge:
Still one of the best places for English Breakfasts...

JR8:
I can imagine... 'Sausage, bacon, egg and spam, with spam, spam, eggs, sausage and spam'.


Nut:
Never been there but sounds good. Is it worth to consider for some future E.Gathering or taking into account our throughput too pricey?

JR8:
Possible, and a different location. Getting there en masse might be an interesting puzzle. I saw Heinken 660ml bottles too etc., and as you see it isn't swish or chic, so I can't they're more than at a central/East food-court. The joy though was just seeing that amazing range of beers and ciders, and having a couple I've never had before...


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Been 20 years since I've been to the Colbar! Surprised
It has moved since then.
But you still get a thumbprint in your sandwich if the old guy makes or serves it.

JR8: Yes they moved it, for a road-widening I think. But it no pastiche at all. It really feels like a boonies-old-barracks. Not quite Seletar-boonies, but still feels genuinely heritage...


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Never been there but sounds good. Is it worth to consider for some future E.Gathering or taking into account our throughput too pricey?
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It's more of a day place, at night I think it would be a mosquito feeding frenzy. Also a bit out of the way.
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Had nil issues with mosquitoes (despite being fresh meat), but yes it's out on a limb (I hear it is on a bus route though). It is pretty quiet and isolated. Perhaps a couple of others should give it a go for a late lunch/early dinner or something... and see what they think. It is a genuine historic throwback, so nothing to be lost checking it out...



p.s Note: we were out there from c7.30-10.30'ish. So yes it's quiet in the pm, but it's by means just a lunch place.

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Postby x9200 » Sat, 11 May 2013 11:19 pm

Interesting to find something like this in the place like that. A bit further North, after crossing N.BV Rd there is the Rochester Park cluster, all the white houses restaurants with weight on the wallet varying. I like the ambiance very much (more than food in fact which is ok but nothing to die for). From the photos, Colbar (interiors) looks a bit like the coffee shop just outside the Seletar Airport. BTW, there are some stalls in regular coffee shops with very decent choice of beer. I am aware of one at Bukit Timah Market and Food Centre selling stuff like the Chimays in 0.75l bottles.

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Postby Travailes » Sun, 12 May 2013 6:05 pm

Chicken Curry is very good. Beers a bit generic but makes a change.
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Postby nutnut » Sun, 12 May 2013 6:43 pm

Cider Pit is good, it's owned by George who owns the beer shop on Joo Chiat too, he imports and sells from Aus and UK, loads of Ciders (as you can imagine) loads of ales and everything else, they also do a very good cooked breakfast, sounds like it may be similar to the Colbar.

Beers in Cider pit tend to be around $10-$13 for a half liter bottle, I am desensitized to paying this now, so I'm ok with it cause its stuff I haven't had in SG before.
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