I've been visiting the Griffin on and off for over 25 years, and have seen time and time again this promising place being mismanaged. However the latest incarnation is a total joke, and it looks like it's about to change hands yet again.
Two latest experiences - firstly having a mediocre meal in an almost empty dining area. Starters took nearly 20 minutes to arrive, main course another 35 after that. On asking for a dessert (at 9.40pm) being told by the young waiter: "The chef has gone home now, but I will try and get you something!"
Last week, in for a beer - only one ale on tap despite it describing itself as 'a real ale pub'. As sadly is usual recently the place was empty after 8.30 pm. Then began a farcical process of shutting the pub up by stealth - stools put on tables, toilet lights turned out (!) and then quite literally the only staff member left - having a taxi waiting outside with the engine running - at 10pm!
This pub is in a prime location and is nicely decorated, but yet again is being ruined by inept management - when there are such high quality alternatives nearby like the Plough at Normanton and Perkins just up the road, why bother with the Griffin these days? It looks like people are voting with their feet, and judging by the notices in the window, it looks like another change of ownership is imminent - good, as the only way is up for this place.
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