Night Reviewed: Tuesday
This pub rated surprisingly well in our 2011 review, however unfortunately the novelty has now worn off.
At first glance, all was well. The pub was busy for a Tuesday, again full of people drinking, eating and watching the football on the TV.
The beer choice seems very generous at first, until you realise that all but one ale (Old Speckled Hen – Morland Brewery) is brewed by Greene King – not surprising though when you consider they own the place. It then seems even less generous when you further remember that Old Speckled Hen is now also brewed by Greene King! Therefore unless you’re a fan of Greene King ales, there isn’t a great deal of choice on offer, despite several pumps on display. At least one regional or local ale wouldn’t have gone amiss sureley?
We plumped for ‘Red Lion’ 3.9% (a very average ‘best’ bitter brewed by GK to market under the name of whichever pub is serving it – or so it would seem), and a pint of ‘St Edmunds’ at 4.2%. The house ale didn’t go down well at all with one half of our duo, and the St Edmunds took a few sips beore it started to become a decent pint – very hoppy and citrussy – not too bad as it turned out. The overall qualioty though wasn’t half as good as last time, nor as good as some of the other inns we’ve reviewed recently.
This pub does have character and some original features, so it isn’t all bad news. However this does include some low ceilings – which we found out to our cost. We both managed to crack our heads as we made our way in/out of ‘the snug’ area. It does have ‘Duck or Grouse’ written overhead – all very amusing until you miss it and walk full-on into the wall – we both did exactly the same, and I recall my father doing the same thing recently too – the black-on-white comedy warning lettering clearly doesn’t stand out as well as it should do!
All in all, our initial surprise and delight last year at finding this pub to be in decent form possibly fuelled our generosity somewhat and combined with the resurgence of some of the smaller and less commercialised pubs in town, we feel this review now reflects the inn and it’s status within the town more accurately.
Beer Choice (1 – 5): 4
Beer Quality (1 – 10): 3
Service (1 – 5): 3
Atmosphere (1 – 10): 7
Décor (1 – 5): 4
TOTAL: 21 (out of 35)