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.
A shame this once lovely pub has been blighted by rising prices and the encroaching idiots that spoil a good night out. The ever present stench of weed smoking in the beer garden ruins the lighter and warmer evenings for those of us who don't partake. Then again at least the rowdy football fans have gone now.
Inside, the toilets are amongst the worst in the city, the stench is quite appalling. The staff are pretty good and cope well with the crowds that gather but be careful where you sit or you could be in a regular's seat and suffer the baleful dagger stares all night. Pretty grim for a weekend in the sun.
A great old fashioned bar, lovely "olde worlde" rooms and panelling and a good selection of well-kept hand-pulled beers. Live music, too. What could be better than that? Friendly and helpful staff, that's what. And this place has them, too. A really good night out. Highly recommended.
I don't really know where to start. There was an attitude as soon as we walked into the place. The atmosphere wasn't very nice. We waited ages at the bar before being served by the woman behind the bar who didn't look like she wanted to serve anybody. It was shocking to learn later that she was the manager!
We sat down to eat. We had reserved the table for 3:30PM. No one came with any menus. After we searched the place we finally found some. When we went to order the food they had no beef or pork. When the person I was with pointed this out, we were met with a grunt and an extremely rude response.
We should have left then. But I informed my party and they changed their order. We also asked if they could prepare a slice of cheese on toast for a child. They refused, saying they didn't have a grill.
When I spoke to my friend about the attitude and rudeness of the staff, I was challenged by the woman with bad attitude. When I told her that her response wasn't in anyway good customer practice, she told the bar staff to cancel my order and told me to leave. So our party of 7 left, including two children.
Never again will I set foot in this place. Apparently she is known for her bad attitude and some of the people when we were leaving said they were not surprised.
This historic pub serves good beer and lovely food. I called in with my walking club last Sunday, when they were very busy. I accidentally left my purse on the bar, and did not realise it until the end of the walk. When I phoned them that evening, they had found the purse. As I live in Doncaster about 40 miles away, they kindly agreed to post me the £15 in notes that were in the purse; I was not bothered about the coins.
However, they have actually posted me the purse including the contents!
I am very impressed that they did that, when they are so busy.
This is a great welcoming pub. Chris and Lisa have been there for about 7 years and they are very welcoming.
They decided to have a selection of cask ales to offer last year and the quality is wonderful. Chris has done a great job of keeping them, which ensures a first-rate pint every time. They currently have a selection of 5 casks to suite all tastes but have keg beers and lagers as well if you prefer.
There doesn't seem to be another pub in the Intake area that is up to this level of quality and service. Well done Lisa and Chris.