OOOOh - where does one begin? A lot of money has been spent turning this lovely old pub into a cosy village eatery - after that the owners must have had a lot to do - cause they sure haven't been back to check on it!
First impressions, mega grubby, second impressions, cocky & arrogant bar staff - when ordering drinks & asking for ice - were advised in no uncertain terms - that no, they didn't have any ice & no they didn't know when the engineer was coming to fix it (they had been very busy - it had been christmas we were told - as if we didn't know), well ,we enquired would perhaps the Tonic Water to go with the Gin be cold - no was the answer to that. Well- we tentatively asked could one of our party have a sparkling water (surely that was going to be in the fridge?) no was the firm answer to that (could have been another member of staff at the end of the bar who suggested to the barman that there could have been some cold bottles in the cellar - the answer was no to both requests) "We have been very busy - it has just been christmas".
So foolishly - I can't believe we still carried on with the order, but it was wet outside , we were hungry & wanted a drink - we settled for rancid wine, with flat lemonade, a cranberry juice which tasted that it had been opened long before the new year - but the bottle of beer was alright.
There were about nine other people in the pub, the menus were grubby - we voted against eating there & the beer was drunk (from the bottle) the other drinks were left.
Truly the aggressive, apathy of the bar staff should really be addressed by Sizzler Pubs who own this place - why couldn't somebody have nipped down the Co-Op & bought a couple of bags of ice? Why were the shelves hardly stocked - it truly had the look of a place that was 'going to the wall', which must be so disheartening for the locals as well as the owners.
Think service akin to that of the TV Series "Shameless", but in more comfortable, but equally dirty surroundings & you won't be disappointed - in fact there are small mountains of dirty fag butts & littered car park to authenticate scene.