A run-o’-the-mill pub in the heart of Bridge of Allan was injected with a healthy dose of individuality when, just a few months ago, the new owners turned it into The Crook Bar – a charming new spot, which already boasts a large loyal following and steadily increasing buzz.
The authentic Spanish tapas dishes served here are bold and delicious, the atmosphere is very homey, and the staff are attentive. It also hosts regular live-music events, offers special occasion set-menus, and is dog-friendly.
Tapas is obviously created to be shared, and this is the perfect setting for it – the vibrant wooden interior serves as a great location for both friendly group gatherings and intimate soirees.
Our group of four got two tapas boards to share and were genuinely impressed with the flavours, particularly of the chorizo and the different olive varieties. The portions were generous and everything was incredibly fresh.
On a separate occasion, we tasted the scallops and the squid, which were equally enjoyable. Paired together with a good wine or ale, this makes for a great meal out. ‘Wine & tapas-tasting’ events are also a regular thing, so make sure to sign up for the next one for a unique match-set of an eight-course meal paired with a variety of wines.
So, if you want to treat a special someone to a great Valentine’s Day evening, or you and your friends just need a warm place with delicious food to shorten these long, gloomy winter days, The Crook Bar is definitely the place to go.
It’s super casual, really cosy, and the prices are reasonable. Whether it’s for a meal, a coffee or cocktail, or a bit of live music, the authenticity and atmosphere of the place will probably make it your regular haunt.
Thumbs-up to the owners, as this colourful, mellow low-key spot is a warming breath of fresh air for Bridge of Allan.