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Stingers at the Bee   2 comments

beesignAlthough The Broadmoor Hotel is a five-star resort, with its multiple restaurants boasting accolades from various sources, not everything merits high praise. Recently, for example, the Golden Bee lacked the culinary chops of the resort’s other dining facilities, but out distances the pack when it comes to fun.

beebeerNot only was the food lackluster, but several missteps were surprising: a dirty fork and a gummy drink menu. Yet. Yes yet, we had a very enjoyable time.bees

The Bee is meant to evoke an English pub. The setting is beautiful and newly remodeled to accommodate a larger crowd. Some things remain, happily, the same, including the sticky bees thrown onto diners’ clothing and the yards of beer. Two of our sons ordered half-yards.

The piano, next to our table, contributed the evening’s success. Bud, the versatile pianist, struck up a conversation, and soon our youngest son, an accomplished player, was performing in his place.

In keeping with the pub theme, my husband ordered the Fish and Chips and was disappointed. Two of us ordered the Cottage Pie, beef tips with vegetables in a rich gravy beneath a golden biscuit-like crust. The vegies were inconsistently cooked and the crust was dense. The same was true of the Chicken Pot Pie. The winning dish of the night was the Bangers and Mash. A sherry sauce with onions served over the sausages created entrée-envy among us.

Nonetheless, we could not have asked for a better environment in which to consume our mostly uninspired food.

Golden Bee
The Broadmoor Hotel
Three Plates
Corner of First Street and Lake Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colo.

Pub Snub   Leave a comment

A brewery should be known for its beer. On that point the Breckenridge Brewery doesn’t disappoint. Even the pub fare is above average. The shortfall is the service. A cold, rainy late summer afternoon found people looking for places to stay warm and dry, so perhaps the lunch crowd was larger than usual. I suspect it wasn’t. Our server started off by asking if we wanted shots. Duh. Beer was the drink of choice. He took our order and that was the last we saw of him until he dropped off the check long after we had finished eating.

I was intrigued by the Green Chile with Andouille Sausage, but I wanted more information. The server’s response was “If you like green chile you’ll probably like this.” Despite his uninspired response, I ordered it. Typically, pork is the meat that has been stewed with tomatoes, green chile and onions. The sausage worked surprisingly well. There was the right amount of kick to help raise my body temperature, but only enough to enjoy the flavors without a chaser. My son ordered a Bacon Cheeseburger topped with crispy onion rings. This two-fisted burger packed a messy punch of juicy flavor.

Although we weren’t in a hurry to go back out in the rain, we waited (and waited) for the check. When the server finally dropped it off, he only had one thing to say: “Do you want any shots?” It wasn’t a question I expected before or after a meal in a brewery.

Breckenridge Brewery
600 S. Main St.
Breckenridge, CO