After passing the turn-off for this pub for 5 years ago on the way back from visiting Sheffield University, we decided to stop for my daughter's graduation meal, on the off-chance.
We could not have been more pleased. The location was beautiful, the staff friendly and the food delicious. The menu was good with plenty of daily specials to choose from, too. Plus a good selection of wines, although we splashed out on a bottle of champers!
There was about a 20-minute wait for our food to be served, which showed that it was all freshly prepared. Servings were generous, the food looked appetising and tasted even better.
The pub itself had a very interesting history and stuffed (literally!) to the rafters with interesting local artefacts.
A repeat visit is a must - I am only sorry that it took so long to try it.
A good selection of beers, wines and spirits. Pool table, darts board, sports TV, food, family room. This pub has got the lot plus one thing I bet no other pub in the world has... an outdoor slingshot range! It sounds strange but it works much more fun than darts, as everyone can shoot at the same time.
A great pub, friendly locals, a great landlord and atmosphere and a few surprises.
Went in one Friday lunch for a drink & lunch with adult family. On approaching the bar the landlord walked off and his assistant had a face like thunder with no "hello/yes please" and a grunt for a thanks. We were then told, with menus in hand, "we don't do food on Friday lunch".
Really poor service we won't be going there again. It used to be a great pub. My advice is stay away, it's what they deserve.
Good beer, especially the cask EPA. They often have a raffle on the weekend (only need to buy a drink to get a ticket).
The food is however a little disappointing. Mixed grill for around £7, which comes with a drink such as a pint, coffee etc... Chicken didn't resemble chicken, some sort of re-formed chicken. Sausages also similar, processed. Chips good, steak not too bad, pork processed too?! Not great considering the price. Puddings nuked in microwave!
Shame, as the beer is good, but food is not. Would pay around £3 for similar in a low end greasy spoon.
I have just returned home with my family after a meal in this pub. We have been going to this pub for years. We have always enjoyed our meals out there.
First of all I tried to contact to arrange a booking and there was no answer on the phone.
We turned up and were told that we could have a table.
We sat down and ordered our meal. However when it arrived some of the chips were raw. We told the girl who was serving. All we got in return was a very bad attitude. She took all the meals away. My husband had had an accident with the vinegar and his chips were covered in vinegar. When the meals and chips arrived back my eldest daughter took a bite of one of the chips and complained of it tasting of vinegar. These were quite obviously the same chips as what were took away. However, the girl serving said that they were fresh chips.
When my husband went to pay he calmly expressed that he was not happy with the service we had received. However, the girl then gave him grief and said if were didn't believe her that the chips were cooked we should go and feel how hot the chip fryer was! I said that my main complaint was not the chips but of her attitude towards us. She then told me in no uncertain terms that if we didn't like it we should eat elsewhere. Of that you can be certain we will.
We have eaten at your pub 3 times this month at approximately £50 per time. I hope you're pleased with your member of staff. On our departure I asked her who owned the pub, as I wanted to complain and she told me she owned it. It seemed obvious to me that she didn't, as no owner would treat their paying customers as she had. I researched on the internet when I got home to find that someone called Ben owned it. I phoned back to the pub and the gentleman that answered told me that she was the manager and not the owner.
I look forward to hearing from you with your comments!
Sat in this pub on Saturday and asked for a bottle of wine and got a bottle of Hardy's. When me and my friend had finished it we asked the landlord for a bottle of the same, to which he replied that was the last bottle but had some cheap alternative, which we did not want.
So jokingly we said go and get one from the Co-Op down the road, which he refused. So we said we would go, to which he replied "do as you f****** want". What a wonderful response.
Now I understand why this pub is always empty when he is serving and nobody except a few of his real ale drinkers like him. He is the most miserable landlord we have ever come across.
I have been going in this pub for years and never had such a response ever. The sooner there is a new landlord in this pub the better.
We went in the Red Deer one Friday night, having been unsuccessful in finding any place to sit in the many bars on Devonshire Street. We were treated to an excellent array of real ales (I had draft Easy Rider), and whilst the place was far from empty there were available places to sit.
There was a very friendly atmosphere and a good mix of people. Well worth a visit.
We purchased three meals: 2 roast pork lunches and one beef lunch. I had the beef, which came with a steak knife on my plate! Why I asked myself... once I tried to cut my meat I realised... wow tough as old boots! The veg was tasteless. We got two roast potatoes and a thimble of gravy. Rubbish quality and rubbish value.
My wife had pork, which comes with a free 1-inch edge of white flobby fat... yuk!