WHILE many expat pubs in Bangkok take their inspiration from the traditional watering holes found in villages in England, and aim to recreate the same rustic aesthetic by filling their shelves with antique jars, dog-eared novels, rusty second hand instruments, and more history-infused bric-a-brac, The Pintsman takes its cue from the UK’s inner-city pubs where modernity rules supreme. Venture down the steps into the pub’s basement setting (at the United Centre, Silom Road) and you may feel like you’ve been beamed into a pub in the heart of London, Leeds or Manchester. The walls, devoid of any countryside-kitsch, are painted a minimal mix of grey and black; drinking and dining is done at well-polished mahogany tables (always a traditional Brit-pub touch); big screen TVs show a variety of sports; and a pool table and stage take up opposite corners.
Just a few of the highlights on offer include Chicken wings (B190), Fish and chips (B350), Lamb shank (B420), Australian Sirloin Steak 200g (B550), and German pork knuckle (B390). Of these the lamb and pork knuckle are particularly impressive – eye-popping in size yet also full of flavour. For local dishes, try the Plaa Salmon (B240), which is fresh and herby with a nice spicy kick; and the Spring rolls laab moo (spicy minced pork. B160), which make for an excellent snack alongside a pint or two.
The pub is open daily from 10am till late. Daily lunch sets start at B190.
B Floor, United Center Building, Silom Road Tel: 02 234 2874 www.facebook.com/thepintsman