This is an old fashioned traditional pub belonging to the Arkell’s brewery, it’s a little bit dated and could do with a make-over but it still retains some nice charm. It’s made up of a large open plan bar area with a couple of fireplaces, a dartboard and jukebox. There is also a nice small beer garden that is inviting and cosy, and a large car park.
You will get a warm welcome from the current landlord who serves up some well kept real ale from Arkells at very reasonable prices - a pint of bitter and a small wine only cost us £5.00 total. I think that a bit of investment in the pub’s décor would lift the place however, and help it compete with the two pubs down the road which are only a few hundred yards away. It might also keep a landlord in residence long enough to make a real go of the place.
There was a sign at the door saying “No food” but it remained unclear if this was always the case or just during our visit which was on a Friday evening.
There were a few people in during our early evening visit and it was nice to hear some background music coming from the jukebox - but why do we still have to feed the machine to listen to music in this day and age? Regrettably, there is a TV set in one corner. It doesn’t dominate the pub and it wasn’t on when we arrived - but half an hour later, someone (one person) wanted it on to watch the football (groan) so after asking if we minded (what do you say?) it was switched on, albeit with no volume.
I’d say that this pub’s definitely worth a visit for a drink and possibly a whole evening - but it really has so much more to offer if some investment were made in it.
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