The Fleece – 2012

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Night Reviewed: Tuesday

This place was a strange one last time – an odd mix of decor styles and some pretty rank toilets were the main points of interest, so how did it do this time you ask?

Things started off OK – we were served pretty quickly and our pints of Black Sheep were topped up without us having to ask.

We took some seats in the red velvet area which we have mentioned previously and began to cast our eye around. The odd local ‘character’ drinking at the bar, a couple of lasses enjoying a mid week catch up, and a couple of lads playing pool down the other end of the pub.

All seemed quite pleasant – except it wasn’t – it just felt like the atmosphere had been sucked into a black hole. Then, one of the lasses decided to put some tunes on the jukebox. “Great!” we thought – a but of music to liven things up.

What followed was 3 tracks of the most appalling ear splitting Euro Trance music at a ridiculously high volume for a normal week night.

The atmosphere went from morgue to Prince Harry’s bedroom in the space of a few minutes. That, and combined with the decor, ensured we were only a metal pole and a few naked ladies away from being in a Skipton Stringfellows.

We decided that the more we sat there and looked around, the stranger this pub got. Be it the pink picture frames or the odd mishmash of traditional and ultra modern plush decor. It’s just a bit odd.

We’re sure it’s loved equally by regulars and bus passengers quenching a thirst heading to/from to the bus station next door, but we just can’t put our finger on it – we’ve never felt comfortable in here.

Scores

Beer Choice (1 – 5): 1.5
Beer Quality (1 – 10): 6
Service (1 – 5): 4
Atmosphere (1 – 10): 4
Décor (1 – 5): 3

TOTAL: 18.5 (out of 35)

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