Student-friendly pub with a large beer garden to the rear, located in the heart of Crookesmoor.
My advice to the new tenant would be to turn off the speakers in the garden, otherwise they will illicit unhappiness from their local residents, especially past 11:30pm.
Tried to ring to gently nudge you but unable to get through and couldn't be bothered to walk up the hill!
Good luck with the venture... big boots to fill... don't annoy the neighbours.
Just found out that landlady Heather is leaving. All I can say is someone will have a big pair of boots to fill. As a regular I cannot praise Heather and her team enough. She always goes the extra mile for both customers and staff, and she will be missed by all. Thank you all at the Springvale for always making us so welcome. Kerry and Andy.
Just been to the Springvale pub up on Commonside for a surprise birthday party with old friends and family (i.e. my two sons). A really nice surprise. Everyone behaved very well, no noisy drunken behaviour or rowdiness. I don't drink any alcohol and haven't done for about four years. It was a lovely quiet get-together.
The landlady asked my fifteen-year-old son to leave the pub because it's against their policy to have under-age persons on the premises after 10pm, so we all decided to sit outside on a table and chairs facing the main road (i.e. pavement). Not a problem at all with that, but the landlady came outside and told my son he's not allowed to sit there with us although he wasn't even having a drink or doing anything remotely wrong. OK now Mrs or Miss know all said he's not even allowed to talk to us otherwise she could lose her licence. Now please bear in mind he's doing absolutely nothing wrong and he was on the public highway but still she said he's not allowed to talk to us.
If you visit this pub don't expect to be served without first having to wait until either of the two young staff have finished using their phones. One male one female.
Secondly, don't interrupt them when they are on their phones, as this is met with utter contempt.
Thirdly, you may have to wait if they are having a tiff and/or kissing and hugging behind the bar. I made the mistake of telling the young female that someone was waiting to be served when she was either texting or playing a game. This situation, which is know one of many I have witnessed, was acknowledged with complete derision. I was made to feel as if I was being troublesome. The young male laughing behind my back, as witnessed by my wife, and the female continuing to use her phone.
This pub used to be really excellent, with warm friendly lighting, and is still good in terms of the real ales, comfortable settees, wooden panels, and beer garden.
However, recently some changes have been made that are clearly a step in the wrong direction.
When last I visited (2 weeks ago) it had changed in a most unpleasant manner. The lighting was bright and harsh blue-ish white in colour, reminiscent of a police line up.
We did find one snug bit in a corner and sat down, only to find a gigantic TV screen descending onto our heads.
It's such a shame to see a beautiful old-fashioned pub like this being turned into yet another noisy sports pub with tasteless lighting and bright white walls.
I can see that there is a laudable attempt to use low energy lighting, but I would suggest to the owners that they might invest in some lampshades to mute this harsh colour. Fluorescent lighting has no charm at all.