The Chatham Tap is an English style pub and is well appointed with soccer and rugby décor. There’s a nice bar, which separates two dining rooms. There are no pool tables or dart boards that I recall, but there are plenty of TVs and a small stage where they occasionally host live music and other events.
This Fishers location is family friendly and non smoking, which is a HUGE plus in my book. Very young children might not feel at home here, but teens and older seem to really enjoy the atmosphere. Part of our dining party this particular night was a father and his teen age daughter, and it’s a great place for parents with older children to enjoy an evening out.
The menu is actually quite varied. There are all kinds of sandwiches…some quite unique, as well as burgers, pizza, and more typical pub fare. The TVs are on, but the sound is turned down to a comfortable level, so conversation is easy, another big plus in my book. I like the atmosphere here quite a lot. It’s nice and comfortable.
Even with such a varied menu, I had no problem choosing what I wanted….a breaded tenderloin. They advertise theirs as a “garlic pork tenderloin”, available dressed as you like it, and served on a Brioche bun.
The breading was tasty enough, but, sadly….I couldn’t detect much, if any, garlic in it. It was nice and crispy, but, I expected more from the breading. Yes, it was good, but there was really nothing outstanding about it.
The meat was tasty and moist, certainly well above average. Again, I couldn’t detect the taste of garlic in it, which would have really pushed this sandwich over the top.
All in all, it was a good sandwich, certainly above average, but it feel short of being a great sandwich. I’m going to give it a 3.5 out of 5 bites. It’s good, but with such a varied menu, I’ll get something else next time.
For her dinner, Holly chose the Portabella and Smoked Gouda “burger” – a meatless burger option. It’s a sautéed Portabella capped topped with gouda cheese, garlic mayo (which, she claimed, was also lacking in the garlic department) and avocado served open faced on parisien bread. Despite the fact that it wasn’t as garlicky as she was anticipating or enjoys, she said this was still a stellar sandwich. It is served with your choice of one of their standard side dishes for $7.99.
The Chatham Tap is located at 8211 E 116th Street in Fishers. You can find them online at http://www.chathamtap.com