It's never changed for years, same decor. Nice and cosy and friendly. It has been a rockers' pub since the days of the Wapentake Bar at least. It has a brilliant juke box and fab DJs who play proper original Heavy Metal, i.e. Judas Priest, Led Zepplin etc...
A lot of outer-towners seem to gravitate to it as well, like groups of Germans, Swedes and that.
When there's gigs on at the City Hall, just 200 yards away, you get the audience people dropping in, especially if there's a rock artist on.
We used to gather at this pub regularly, but not since Saturday when we found out that a small bottle of slimline tonic water costs £2.40. I know prices have gone up this is taking the mickey. A bottle probably only costs the pub 20p.
Went for a meal there last night (Friday 11th November) with a party of 9 for my uncle's birthday.
Everything started well. Table was booked for 7PM. We ordered food and waited 50 minutes (there were no steaks in our order; fish and chips, gammon, chicken etc...). All food was good and good value for money.
The problem came a little later on when the disco and "karaoke" fired up and we couldn't hear ourselves think. 8PM it started and oh my goodness it was ridiculous. With no thought or consideration to their diners they dimmed the lights and turned up the volume. We couldn't believe what was happening! The so called Sizzling Pub who advertise on telly as a family friendly food pub was turned into a nightclub!
We expressed our dissatisfaction to two members of staff who couldn't care less quite frankly. We spent the remainder of the meal each of us shouting to the person sat next to us, as having a conversation across the table as we had done was now impossible.
We will never return to this pub again on a Friday tea time/evening (unless we want the full dining in a night club experience, which I really doubt we will!). They were completely happy to take the money off diners but as soon as the clock hit 8PM they were totally disinterested in anyone who was still sat there eating, as it was "party time" and stuff anyone who was still eating... albeit due to their slow service in the first place.
My advice would be to avoid this place like the plague on a Friday teatime if you want a relaxed dining experience. If they want their "party pub" let them have it. Any other time give it a try.
This used to be an apparently thriving student/local pub but, as it closed down over the summer, presumably it wasn't doing quite as well as it seemed!
It has now re-opened with new owners and has eventually started serving real ale and food again. However prices have increased significantly, and while they did re-introduce the excellent "Albert's pies" albeit at higher prices, a recent Friday lunchtime trip revealed that these have now been replace by a cheap commercial variety - still at the same price as Albert's pies under the previous management!
While I haven't been in the evening, the pub was almost deserted on the 2 Friday lunch times I have been. This is not altogether surprising, as prices are high for students but the current food quality isn't likely to appeal to clientele with deeper pockets.
Last night a party of eight of us went to the Gypsy Queen. I went feeling a little apprehensive due to an earlier review I had read on here.
On our arrival we found the pub to be bustling with families all enjoying Halloween with loads of children and the staff all dressed up. The pub was very smart and very clean with carpeted areas and booths for diners with even a television set into it.
On ordering our food it was brought to us quite quickly but not that quick that you thought it had been stood waiting. The food was absolutely beautiful. The steak was succulent with proper chips and a lovely accompanying sauce with peppers, onions, melted cheese and tomatoes with onion rings. Mouth watering mmmm.
The staff were attentive and checked frequently to see if everything was to our satisfaction.
Well done the Gypsy Queen, we all thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the lovely, friendly venue.