Been today, 21st August 2014. After half hour wait, the two meals were very disappointing.
OK, two for £6. But usually use Peacock (Stannington), Old Horns (Bradfield), are really good value. Large meals, too much sometimes.
But the liver meal, and pork dinner, were disgusting. My husband's pork was fatty and greasy, my portion of liver was 3-4 strips. One roast potato. Hardly any gravy on pork. Will not be using this pub again.
As a drinker for some time we tried a meal, very disappointing, found the food less than mediocre & not sure we could recommend it. Service could have been better, don't think we will be doing it again.
The beer is always excellent, as is the food. But I always find the atmosphere a little subdued, almost to the point of being funereal. To be honest it's time for a complete rejigging of the downstairs bar areas.
Now I know this will be heresy to the bearded pilgrims who sit chatting in hushed, reverent tones, but I'm sure the bar staff could use a little room to work in rather than looking like a rag week stunt to cram as many people into a telephone booth.
Also, getting served at a tiny hatch from where you can't see the pumps is very tedious!
Since the smoking ban, having two separate rooms is no longer necessary. Open it up and let the dogs see the rabbit.
You never know you, just might cheer the place up a little.
Recently refurbished and re-opened as a sports bar with a selection of screens and a range of sports to watch. Three hand-pulled beers are available (previously none for almost a year) and serving food all day.
Traditional bench seating has been added to replace the high tables and stools, and also a fireplace, which makes the pub feel more homely.
Very good Sunday roast lunch for two of us. Beef & pork lunches good. Reasonable prices. Excellent choices of real ales for such a pub. Very friendly, excellent service. Entertainments look quite a good selection. Thoroughly recommendable.
An odd pub that pulls the older crowd, shall we say. Midweek it's pretty quiet but it gets a little louder on weekends with live music, usually the same terrible 1980s DJ playing the same songs every week without fail.
The beer is not good though. Hand-pulls are usually brackish and old, keg stuff tastes like the lines have not been cleaned in an age. I suppose regulars have built up an immunity to it but beware casual traveller you will feel the wrath in the morning.