The Plumbers Arms is brought to us by the owner of Scallywags (Gili Trawangan) and The Beach House (Echo Beach.) This quintessential English pub, located on the busy road to Canggu opened its doors in March and quickly earned a reputation as the place to go after work to have a pint (for those of us who actually work here on the island!) A combination of a classic, wood panelled pub-style interior, sidewalk tables, and a spacious outdoor seating area in the backyard have proved to be a winning combination. A big screen playing beloved English football and other sporting events adds to the popularity with expats living in the area. Following the great English tradition, a hearty Sunday Roast is also available weekly.
The soundtrack is Brit classics, and the place is decorated with vintage wooden stools and matching tables. On one side, the wall is covered with English newspapers while the others feature framed pictures of famous plumbers, like Ozzy Osbourne, and random British paraphernalia. "We make the prices inclusive of taxes so our customers don't need to do any math after the third or fourth pints," explains the manager, Ketut. "Understandable," we say. A special mention need to be made of their excellent beer crate and food delivery service, available for the surrounding areas.
We begin our light drinking session with a pint of extra cold draught Heineken, and when we say extra cold, we mean proper extra cold – in a chilled glass. Next, a refreshing locally made cider, Albens Fine English Cider with a clean, semi sweet taste and a hint of apple aroma. We will definitely go back to The Plumbers Arms just to have another bottle of this cider – which is also the perfect companion for our Fish and Chips, a generous serving of battered deep fried snapper, home-made chips and tasty tartar sauce. To close this intoxicating evening, we go for the Plumbers Mate Mojito, a classic drink that just can't go wrong. Whether you are living here, or just on holidays and craving an icy cold pint, this pub should definitely be on your list.