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photoblog image Cold one at the Colbar

Cold one at the Colbar

Today situated in Wessex Estate, Colbar is a quiet and, some say, nostalgic hideaway, serving from a menu that is a remainder from the British era. Air-conditionining has not made its entry here yet. The early Chinese cooks for the British were mostly immigrants from Hainan in China, and were taught to cook British staples. Today the food is best described as Hainanese-style British fare. In addition to local coffee, Colbar serves a variety of bottled beers and cider. While the value for money is nothing to wax about, the rustic ambience and tranquility are most welcome. 

 

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Cold one at the Colbar

Today situated in Wessex Estate, Colbar is a quiet and, some say, nostalgic hideaway, serving from a menu that is a remainder from the British era. Air-conditionining has not made its entry here yet. The early Chinese cooks for the British were mostly immigrants from Hainan in China, and were taught to cook British staples. Today the food is best described as Hainanese-style British fare. In addition to local coffee, Colbar serves a variety of bottled beers and cider. While the value for money is nothing to wax about, the rustic ambience and tranquility are most welcome. 

 

photoblog image Tanglin-walkMay2016-14.jpg

comments (15)

I will have the Scottish Ale, please.
Ayush Basu: Not a bad choice, Michael.
it looks very humble inside of the Colbar Ayush... but the beer looks nice and cold....petersmile
Ayush Basu: It was certainly refreshing after my walk outside, Peter. And humble, but it was a serene and quiet place, which I value more.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 15 Jul 2016, 06:20
This is an amazing survival, Ayush
Ayush Basu: It sure looked like it did not have shortage of customers, Lisl.
I'd definitely meet up with you there for a cold one, Ayush. Actually, we'd have to meet up several times because I'd like to try everything I see. HA!
Ayush Basu: I am with you on this, since this selection is rather unusual to me (British and Irish cidars and ales), Ginnie.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 Jul 2016, 06:47
The last corner of Empire exposed
Ayush Basu: In plain sight, Chris.
  • Ray
  • Not United States
  • 15 Jul 2016, 07:46
What is the approx price of a bottle, Ayush?
Ayush Basu: They are in the range of 11 to 14 SGD, Ray. I had a pint of bitter which I thought could have been colder.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jul 2016, 08:07
Now I'm sure the lower shot would appeal to Ray. Good to see some elements from the British Empire remain. I can just imagine a decent Sunday roast being served.
Ayush Basu: And it did appeal to him and me too. I have to say this selection is very unusual to me and I intend to visit this place more.
This place looks fantastic Ayush, I like the tables and chairs. Great sporting pictures on the wall too.
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Chad. It used be set in the middle of Army folks (not ranking officers and such) and in earlier days, there were sporting events on the greens not too far from here.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Jul 2016, 09:23
Looks very much like little has changed. I wasn't even aware that Belhaven were still brewing!
Ayush Basu: Oh, so perhaps the fortunes of some of these brewing companies have changed a bit I suppose. I am not at all familiar with all these ciders and bitters.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Jul 2016, 14:20
I am partial to India Pale Ale.
Ayush Basu: In Singapore, especially after a long walk outdoors, I think you will find it all the more satisfying, Louis.
I'd love to have a meal in this place, washed down with Fullers India Pale Ale.
Ayush Basu: That sounds like a plan and it is something I have done only on one instance, Brian.
I have sampled a few of those beers Ayush!
Ayush Basu: I am not too familiar with British ciders and ales, Bill. I had a Bombardier bitter once, and another bottle but I cannot recall the name of the second! tongue
We in Raleigh are far too snooty for this... smile
Ayush Basu: Haha, I like your comment, Larry.
That's a pretty good selection of British beers!
Ayush Basu: And most of them new to me, Tom.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 16 Jul 2016, 04:59
i'm having a cold one myself... and being glad i'm not under those flourescent lights!! makes for an interesting shot tho!
Ayush Basu: Well, I suppose the idea was to leave this place just as it was earlier, to the maximum extent possible. But I like the cold ones too - much to explore in there, Elaine.

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