Argyll is a region of Scotland that was known hundreds of years ago for sheep farming. Fast forward to 2014 and you’ll find yourself in steeped in tradition at Argyll Whiskey Beer in Uptown Denver.
After taking a brief hiatus away from the original Cherry Creek location which closed in 2011, Argyll Whiskey Beer opened on 17th and Downing in June of this year. Argyll remained true to its British roots with hearty dishes like their highly acclaimed fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and bangers & mash. But their brunch must be taken just as seriously.
The morning menu, served Saturday and Sunday, seamlessly mixes sweet and savory bites in the form of small dishes, breakfast and entree plates. You cannot go wrong waking up with Chef Broening’s Scones. They are buttery, flaky, and soft yet crunchy around the edges. The delectable scones are finished with raw sugar and a drizzle of salted caramel sauce. Snacks like the traditional Scotch Egg and fresh Oysters on the Half Shell keep you satisfied as you anticipate your entree’s arrival. The house-made charcuterie plate features stellar meats like Beef Tongue, Duck Liver Mousse, Pate, Boudin Blanc, and Cranberry Kiehlbasa. (The bangers and mash plate lets you choose two freshly made sausages from the in-house program – keep that in mind.)
Heartier brunch dishes like the Fish & Chips have already made a name for themselves around Denver. (The fish & chips is available all day long.) The crispy cod is served with minted mushy peas, triple cooked chips, and a malt gastrique. The Corned Beef Hash is a nice surprise when comparing it to traditional hashes. It isn’t overly meaty offering a seamless complement of potatoes to corned beef. The hash is topped with a poached egg and drizzled with tangy whole grain mustard sauce. Argyll’s Buttermilk Pancakes are made plain or with sweet morsels of chocolate chips. The fluffy flapjacks come with a side of bacon, ham or sausage and lots of maple syrup and marmalade.
Brunch couldn’t be complete without a little hair of the dog. Argyll’s sunup cocktail menu is thoughtfully crafted with a specialty drink for every cocktail lover, no matter what your poison is. The Working Man’s Breakfast is just what it sounds like – a strong pour of Ancient Age Bourbon served with Carlsberg Lager – perfect for the working man. The Scottish Tea for Two is a clever concoction of Dewars 12 year blended scotch, hot black tea, honey, lemon, and spices served in a darling tea pot with adorable tea cups and saucers; a proper way to enjoy a cuppa with your meal. Traditional Irish Coffee is a great way to end your meal alongside a sweet treat from the dessert menu. Watch the freshly whipped cream layer slowly melt into the mixture of 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey and piping hot black coffee sweetened with brown sugar.
Argyll Whiskey Beer, 1035 E 17th Ave, is open for brunch weekends starting at 10am. Lunch is offered on the weekdays and Dinner every night. Check all details and menu items online.