A Creative Menu Awaits at Pub 25

This casual bar and restaurant offers more than just bar food.

There is not too much remarkable about the exterior of Pub 25, which is located in Plaza South, just south of Sand Hill Plaza. But after stepping inside, the ambiance is warm and welcoming, with wood accents and a huge river rock fireplace anchoring the dining space.

In warmer weather, the front "wall" of windows opens similar to a garage door to incorporate a small outdoor dining area.

After opening in 2011, in Connecticut Magazine for Best Pub Grub in Fairfield County.

The menu is more diverse than I was expecting, with items such as Oyster Shooters with Bloody Mary and Vodka, Lobster Roll with Drawn Citrus Butter and Cajun Tuna with Wasabi Drizzle.

Some appealing comfort food included Organic Meatloaf, Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese and Fried Double Stuf Oreos with dip.

But it was lunch and I was craving a burger, so I ordered the Pub 25 Burger with cheddar ($11.20). The burger was huge, arriving with speared fried dilled pickles atop a delicious roll. For sides, there's a choice of sweet potato or regular fries, both of which were served fresh and salty.

Although fried pickles seem more of a novelty than something I'd enjoy eating, the burger was cooked perfectly (medium well), with the roll substantial but not overwhelming. The flavor of the beef is the star of this menu item, whereas the other burger on the menu was flavored with blue cheese and bacon, which sounded good but too rich for me.

My friend tried the grilled veggie sandwich ($10.75). The French bread was grilled, spread with aioli and stuffed with a variety of grilled vegetables. She opted for sweet potato fries, which were served hot with a sprinkle of salt.

We both enjoyed the ambiance at lunch time and thought the food was good, although a bit expensive. The service was pleasant but very slow, which wouldn't matter unless we needed to be somewhere, which we did. We only had an hour for lunch.

I imagine the long and well-stocked bar is busy and possibly noisy at night, but I will visit this spot for lunch again, if only to try the small plate of Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue ($9.25).

Pub 25 is located at 266 South Main Street, Newtown, 203-270-3425.

Have you been to Pub 25? Let me know if you tried the fodue (or the fried oreos).

Daniel Patti February 25, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Great burgers, geat atmosphere and great staff !
Curly February 26, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Love the all you can eat peel and eat shrimp 4:00-6:00 weekdays, and second drink $.25! The lobster Mac is excellent, the oysters always fresh! Service could be faster, but these days, it's nice to have to slow down and actually enjoy a meal and conversation!
Bill Smith March 01, 2012 at 03:58 PM
The excellent food is matched by equally gret service. Best wings any where north of Mason Dixon line.
aVisitor March 06, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Surprised no one has mentioned that when busy it gets extremely loud in Pub 25, meaning you have to yell to to talk anyone across the table from you.
Clare January 06, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Went there last night for dinner. It was a Saturday so we had to wait about 20 minutes for a table which was not unusual. The food was very good, the service was excellent and the prices were high. Nobody tried to hurry us out which was very nice. The biggest problem was that the four of us had to yell at each other to be heard. They really need to do something about the ultra high ceiling with no way to control the noise. It got exhausting! If we go back, we might try on a weeknight but not a Saturday night again.


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