I'm a regular drinker in the brothers. Went in last Monday afternoon and was told that I was early instead of being greeted in a friendly fashion. The bartender, named Pete, was playing head banging music loudly (it's supposed to be background music).
After two hours of the same album being played over and over again I asked him if he would put something different on. He replied arrogantly "no!" and that I only wanted my own way. I ordered another pint and was so angry with his attitude I slammed the money down on the bar, only to be told that I was being petulant.
When he finished his shift the same album was still blasting out, two-and-three-quarter hours of it. Fortunately, the barman who came on did change it.
I love that pub but I'm thinking twice about going in again.
Recently reopened after being shut for about 2 months. Stancill Brewery took it on and gave it a lick of paint and some new flooring but neglected to give attention to the bar. Tatty old furniture, too. Still looks grubby on entry... first impressions and all that!
Bar staff are tops, but time'll tell. Good luck and hopefully the Grindstone will be a great pub again.
My husband and I came to the Red Lion today 03/02/2019 and both ordered beef Sunday dinner. The beef had not been cooked at all and had only been seared. We called the waitress and my husband requested a change, as he cannot eat raw meat and ordered chicken instead. When the meal came it was gammon but my husband ate it. I can eat rare meat but the total rawness had me beaten and was left on my plate.
When clearing up the waitress asked if everything was OK and we told her about the wrong meat, she blamed the kitchen, even though it was her that had taken the order.
We were not even offered a cup of coffee as an apology. Needless to say we will not be returning to the Red Lion.
After popping round for a quick drink on New Year's Day - we bumped into your staff at another local pub - where they were both under the influence of drinks and drugs. We then proceeded to come to the Sportsman pub. Both members of staff were aggressive, rude, and swore at ourselves and other members of the public. Was told to f**k off. Definitely would not return.