I recently made the trip to the Earl Marshall with my friends. Not a regular by any means but it always seemed a safe bet to pop into for a drink when in the area. But after my last trip I won't be returning and will be making sure to tell others not to go there either.
Upon arriving it was karaoke night and the (resident?) DJ repeatedly felt the need to go on about how he needed a "p**s" so would be back soon. Strange but not that big a deal. Upon returning, however, he felt the need to introduce his friend to the microphone as an old friend of his who "hates P***s". I literally laughed in disbelief and looked around and then at my friends in the hope that I had misheard, but sadly I had not.
We soon finished up our drinks to leave, bringing our glasses and bottles to the bar to save them the task, politely said thanks and goodbye to the barman who had been fine, and stepped out. At which point I heard someone shout "the fags have gone". I don't know what caused them to shout that. None of us are homosexual but even if we were homosexual I don’t see why that would have been an issue? Wishful thinking on their part maybe? It was obviously used in a derogatory way, as they celebrated us leaving.
I again don't know why, as we kept to ourselves, and politely made an exit. Nobody said anything to our faces as we walked past them, so I can only speculate that they were offended that non-regulars dared go drink in the same place as them. But don't worry, as it won’t be happening again.
It is sad to see such blatant racist and homophobic language is still going unchecked in 2017 and I would like to think something would be done about this, but I won't hold my breath. I work in a bar myself and wouldn't tolerate such behaviour myself, so I can only assume these thoughts reflect the same as the management.
To anyone who has read this far I can offer you the good news that all this happened on a Saturday evening (what should be a busy time) and the place was as close to empty as possible. With any luck places like this will shut down soon enough, leaving the hateful people without anywhere to say such stupid things and then the human race can advance.
At the end of the day everyone deserves respect regardless of their race, class or sexuality. What if we had been homosexual or minorities? Would you have taken our money still? We certainly would have left feeling a lot more offended and shocked than we were. If you can't show respect to paying customers then I can't imagine how these people act or think in their day-to-day life.
Earl Marshall? You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
P.S. Your tables are always sticky, so sort them out too.
Going down hill fast, lost all its welcome, staff not interested. Chairs put on tables at 11:30pm, main door locked. Had to exit via a fire door. Outside lights turned off, so had to negotiate the courtyard to the car park in pitch dark.
Lots of regulars already found new "local". We'll be joining them!
Just had kebabs, salad, rice and yoghurt and was very disappointed. The chicken was fatty and when we left it and were asked how it was, we explained about chicken. We were told we should have said something earlier. So why ask?
We have been here numerous times and food has been excellent. Shame that first time it isn't we are ignored and not even got an apology.
We are off now to purchase a pudding elsewhere. Not giving them another penny!
The Greyhound is now under new management, has real ale back on -
currently serving Farmers Blonde and Doom Bar. There are two large beer gardens. The toilets have been refurbished. Lovely, lively pub again.
Great little pub. Lovely landlady and staff that makes you feel welcome. Good range of drinks at reasonable prices and lovely traditional Sunday dinner. Brilliant beer garden to the rear of the pub that's child friendly. Highly recommend it!