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Are Brewhouse & Kitchen taking over the Riverbank?

Rumours are rife that national chain Brewhouse & Kitchen is taking over the Riverbank on Trent Bridge, after its sudden closure last month. So, if the word on the street is correct here’s a sneaky peak at what the future might hold for the former independently-run venue on the banks of the River Trent.

Last month the Post reported how the Riverbank Bar and Kitchen had been sold and closed with immediate effect, to the shock of regulars.

If the family-friendly chain takes over, we can expect classic pub grub, matched with ales, beers from its own microbrewery, and beer-related activities such as quizzes and tastings.

In other words, beer is a big deal.

Brewhouse & Kitchen, which has 16 sites from Bristol to Wilmslow, describes itself as a British pub, offering a menu of classics such as burgers, fish and chips, pasta and Sunday lunches.

Brewhouse and Kitchen’s Ridiculous Burger, matched with beer of course.

Riverbank, which used to belong to Tom Browns Brasserie owners Adam and Robin Perkins, was famed for its cocktails, which made it a finalist in the best drinks venue category of the 2015 Nottinghamshire Food and Drink Awards.

Brewhouse’s extensive drinks puts the spotlight on beer. As well as bottled craft beers from around the world it also brews a range of “core, seasonal and intriguing Brewer’s Choice beers” in its own microbrewery which are unique to each pub.

Each pub has its own unique range of beers brewed by the microbrewery.

There is a little compensation for cocktail lovers with three on the menu – plus three ‘beertails’ mixing spirits and liqueurs, and you’ve guessed it, beer.

The Brewhouse Iced Tea is concocted out all the usual suspects – vodka, gin, rum, tequila and triple sec – and finished off with the house bitter. And instead of an Espresso Martini, customers can order an Espresso Brew, a mix of coffee, Tia Maria and Dry Stout.

Brewhouse and Kitchen in Cheltenham

The stand-out dish is the Beer Can Chicken – named after way it’s roasted over a can of beer – which feeds between two and four people. The chicken is infused with the Brewhouse’s own beer and served with a mountain of fries, corn on the cob and coleslaw.

Other items with a beery twist are sausage rolls, filled with pork and ale sausage and served with spicy beer ketchup, and a pasta main course, aubergine parmigiana, made with beer and cheese bechamel.

As well as cooking with ale, dishes are paired with beers. The stout-cured salmon is matched with IPA while the New York Burger works best with English Style Ale.

This is how Riverbank could look if taken over by Brewhouse & Kitchen.

There’s a special menu of gluten-free options with a choice of starters, mains, sides and desserts such as peanut and caramel tart or Bramley apple pie.

Kids are welcome and have their own menu offering home-made fish fingers, chicken burgers and mac & cheese.

Brewhouse and Kitchen in Cheltenham

The beery theme continues with masterclasses and ale-related quizzes but there’s no mention music, so the live bands and DJs that used to frequent the Riverbank, might have had their final gig there.
Original post by ‘Nottingham Post’

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