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“A cheap, ropey "community" pub.”
Review of The Village Inn

The Village Inn
Ranked #7 of 10 Restaurants in Shaw
Price range: $4 - $12
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Welcome to The Village Inn in Shaw Get a little sizzle from your local Here at The Village Inn you'll find everything you'd expect from a traditional local pub in Shaw - but with a bit of added sizzle. Just a stone's throw from Swindon, Grange Park and Lydiard Millicent, we're the perfect place to watch the footy with friends or enjoy a bit of banter over your favourite beers. We serve up a fantastic range of drinks with prices to match, together with our famous sizzling skillets or flame-grilled burgers if you fancy a bite with your pint.
Reviewed October 8, 2012

I'll start off by saying that this pub's glasses are the dirtiest I've ever experienced. It offers a poor selection of Real Ales, 3 pumps - 2 of which offer the same brand of Wadworth's 6X beer, so 'take it or leave it' - and the other pump is rarely working. They also often run out of beer, just in time for the weekend and when you ask why, you're told that someone must have forgotten to check the cellar stock. Their ice machine is ALWAYS broken - and if you want a slice in your drink, you've nearly always got to order it as an extra. Given the client base of this venue, its alcoholic sales seem to be totally focussed on promoting pints of gassy lager and "neck it back" shots.

The entrance leaves a lot to be desired. Why can't they take 15 minutes to fix the front door and change the broken lightbulbs, then consider offering a regular CHOICE of beers and make sure all of the bar facilities work so that customers can enjoy the basics like ice in their drinks.

It's clearly popular with "daytime" drinkers - serving cheap, tasteless, processed food. The front door doesn't close properly and SLAMS very noisely with the constant stream of people coming and going - then it's often left ajar too for the smokers, so when its cold outside, you feel the icy chill whipping through the door all the time. There is a designated outside smokers area, but they all congregate at the front door for a quick smoke, enveloping you in fumes as you negotiate your way in or out.

When they have any entertainment, they bizzarely stick it in the far corner by the loos, so that half the people in the pub can't see anything at all, and then the 'entertainment' has to do their best to perform with the competition from a constant stream of punters walking in front of them to get to the loos. Why doesn't the management use some basic common sense. The bar is L shaped, so put the singer or disco in the middle - it's not rocket science. Equally, why do the TV's have to be on ALL the time - and if they MUST be on, why not put music channels on instead of sport or some dull news programme with no sound. TV's DON'T have to be on all the time and most people don't watch them anyway.

All in all, this is a TACKY eatery, come pub with a "sports bar" linked to it next door. It serves a community of largely low income or unemployed patrons. The type who need a TV on every wall. It could do with a manager committed to putting some life and soul into the place.

This venue is NOT recommended.

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3  Thank Denis L
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

This place is just on my doorstep, and every time I go against my better judgement and end up there, it is a big disappointment. As for getting a glass of cold rose wine, impossible. When questioned, "Fridge is broke". That's been going on for months now. Food is very average to poor. What's to like? Not a lot!

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8  Thank Cheryl O
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