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Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed February 14, 2020 via mobile

Met up with old work mates here (5 females). We like to get together, have a bite to eat, catch up, laugh, play a game or two of pool. Never been to the Spotted Cow before but it was centrally located between us for travel...purposed and had a very affordable pub food menu. When we called to book we were advised that food purchases were cash only and they would reserve us a table. It’s a good sized proper old school ‘boozer’, side room with darts and pool table and main bar area with fruit machines and also a couple of flat screens showing sports. Food was simple pub fare, freshly cooked and we cleared our plates. Atmosphere friendly and welcoming, even though this is clearly more of a local pub for local people nestled as it is right in the middle of a concentrated residential area. Would definitely go again. Don’t expect a ‘gastro pub’ or restaurant style decor- that's not what this place is about.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed March 31, 2019 via mobile

Went to watch the Liverpool vs Man United game. We ordered soft drinks, no alchohol. Were told we weren’t allowed to stay there and was asked to leave and was demanded our ID’s. We were all driving that’s why we didn’t order alcohol. Not great...service, poor management.More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed March 29, 2019 via mobile

After deciding to watch the Liverpool v Man united game with a few friends we thought we’d choose this venue. Well what can I say about The Spotted Cow experience after 7 minutes and 28 seconds of it. - we were told within minutes to...buy premium drinks or get out. - rudely being told and I quote “I want all your ID’s for the premium drinks or you can leave as I pay 40k a year for the football and sports license” - general staff and customer service was poor. Clearly the manager needs some lessons in etiquette and customer service as I have never felt more unwelcome and this is a coming from an Iranian...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed March 7, 2019 via mobile

We often visit the Spotted Cow for either a few drinks or lunch with family.. Always friendly and welcoming staff and really great atmosphere in the evenings and great live music. Always a great time had when we come here!!

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed March 3, 2019 via mobile

My husband and I popped into this pub on a Sunday afternoon to grab a bite to eat, the car park was full and the pub was fairly busy due to the football being shown. It was so nice to be in an old fashion...local pub. The staff were very friendly and very helpful from start to finish. The roast dinner was delicious and excellent value for money, as it came with a pudding, which was included in the price. Would definitely be returning.More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed March 3, 2019

This is the best local pub I have visited in years, so friendly and great atmosphere. Loved the meat raffle with laughs and local banter, brilliant staff and the managers appear to be pure legend having ran the pub for years.

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed March 2, 2019 via mobile

Great pub, staff are really pleasant, Baz and Sab are fab managers, always going out of there way to make customers feel welcome and looked after. Fab atmosphere when sports are on and the Sunday raffle is always a laugh. Food is delicious and freshly...cooked, we had scampi with chips and an omelette and chips, all came out hot and we didn't have to wait long at all. Sunday roast is always a good shout. Find the pub very accommodating to a range of people's needs, whether it be to come in and watch sports, if you're popping in for lunch or any events. I would definitely recc this pub for a cheeky drink or a yummy lunch.More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed March 1, 2019 via mobile

We were told to leave this pub after just 7 minutes for not buying enough drinks to warrant us staying in. Shocking.

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed February 24, 2019 via mobile

Very disappointed with my experience at this pub. A group of me and my friends went in to watch the football. We had hardly even sat down when we were rudely told to buy drinks. After half of the group purchased drinks and the rest...of us were choosing drinks, a member of staff and the manager very rudely and aggressively told us we must all buy premium drinks immediately or leave. We were shocked and left after 7 minutes as a result of the disgusting and unwelcoming customer service from the members of staff. Truly disappointing.More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed January 27, 2019 via mobile

Went with my son and grandchildren for a bite to eat having seen that it was family friendly and had a play area on Google. Whilst there is a children’s menu, it’s not particularly child friendly - no sign of a high chair, the ‘play...area’ was a pool table and dart board and there was a sign saying no under 18s in the seating area - although this sign was clearly ignored by staff and patrons. Randomly it’s cash only for food but there’s a cash point next door so that’s not a huge issue. The food was cheap but still a big disappointment. Most food from the four meals was cleared away at the end uneaten - although my chicken burger was tasty. Nobody asked if the food was ok and to be honest, I didn’t say anything as I just wanted to leave by then. If this is your local and you pop in for a pint and to catch up with your neighbours, I imagine it’s great. But the poor atmosphere in the day time, disappointing food and disinterested staff means I won’t be returning ever. Caters well for dogs tho - over a dozen of those barking and playing in the pub.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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