Philharmonic Dining Rooms
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Good Pub Guide Recommended
Just right for a pre-concert meal and with a smashing choice of beers, this magnificent marble-fronted late Victorian building is filled with astonishing period details. The centrepiece is the mosaic-faced serving counter, from which heavily carved and polished mahogany partitions radiate under the intricately plasterworked high ceiling. The echoing main hall has stained glass depicting Boer War heroes Baden-Powell and Lord Roberts, rich panelling, a huge mosaic floor, and copper panels depicting musicians in an alcove above the fireplace. More stained glass in one of the little lounges declares 'Music is the universal language of mankind' and backs this up with illustrations of musical instruments. Two side rooms are called Brahms and Liszt, and there are a couple of plushly comfortable sitting rooms. However, this is no museum piece and it can be very busy. The fine choice of around eight real ales on handpump might include Andwell Spring Magic, Dent Golden Fleece, Ilkley Wit Marie, Liverpool Organic 24 Carat Gold, Long Man Old Man, Moor Raw, Rudgate York Chocolate Stout and St Austell Nicholsons Pale Ale. Also, several malt whiskies and quite a few wines by the glass; quiz machine, fruit machine and background music. Don't miss the original 1890s Adamant gents' (all pink marble and mosaics); ladies are allowed a look if they ask first.
Good Pub Guide Food
As well as breakfast (served till noon), the fairly priced food (available in the bar or from table-service in the grand lounge dining room) includes sandwiches (until 5pm), sharing platters, piri-piri chicken wings with blue cheese dressing, Gloucester Old Spot sausages with mahs, vegetable and brie pancakes topped with cheese sauce, various burgers with different toppings, chicken breast with ginger beer and barbecue sauce, bacon and cheese, lamb shank pie, gammon and eggs, salmon steamed in a paper bag with herb oil and pak choi and puddings such as double chocolate cheesecake with a rich salted caramel suace and key lime tart.