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.
A typical Wetherspoon's I suppose - cheap food and drink, and all that goes with it. The food is exactly what you'd expect, but the steak night is incredible value.
The beers are regularly changed but not the best kept in the world, and on a weekend eye candy bar staff pull you an indifferent pint with more head than The Mekon. They do, however, top it up without too much fuss. Noisy youngsters and crowds getting half cut before heading "into town" can be annoying when trying to find a seat, but I've never witnessed any trouble there. Perhaps the police station directly across the road acts a suitable deterrent.
A truly great-looking pub, close the city centre. And when the bar isn't crowded and the staff can be bothered to tear themselves away from the conversation they're having with their friends, the beer is usually pretty good.
I've not eaten here but the food does look nice.
The decor hasn't really changed for the last, well, ever. It could do with a good clean, too.
Expect lengthy waits for service on busy days, as the bar is tiny and crowded with the bar staff's friends.
I've visited this place on and off for the last few years, as I live nearby. It is currently being refurbished, so hopefully it will appear better than it did.
It's a shame it's not a better place to go, the landlady is wonderful. She's helpful and friendly, and doesn't let the idiots who congregate there en mass every weekend get out of control. This, however, is the problem. The clientele are the roughest lot from around and, as a pub, it gets a fair share a Police visits. Although in the last 12 months this has got much better, by which I mean less.
The drink selection is below par and if you want hand-pulled, go somewhere else because there isn't any.
It's a great old building, in a good place, spoiled by the Batemoor, Low Edges, Jordanthorpe residents who use it as a landing point before heading down the Wetherspoon's.