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“Our last visit - what a waste of money”
Review of Globe Inn

Globe Inn
Price range: US$7 - US$28
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: A beautiful historic canalside pub with log fires, real ales, wines and soft drinks. Fresh Coffee and food served daily. Reservations available in the dining room
Reviewed 1 August 2011

Whenever the sun is out and if feel we can spare the funds to eat out for Sunday dinner I like to go and sit and eat by the river. Our last two visits to The Globe have been a disappointment but I quite like its direct canalside location so we decided to give it another try. We thought things were looking up when we noticed the new tables at the front of the building. Sadly though, where these used to be just 'non smoking', there is no stipulation either way now. When we enquired with a member of staff he said 'yes you can smoke anywhere'. Unfortunately the smell of smoke literally makes me nauseous, so that was a worry for me and made me a bit unsettled. Although the pub is quaint, it needs a facelift in some areas ie paint peeling off the walls, broken toilets that sort of thing.
When my Fiance ordered he was informed that there was a 'bit of a delay' on the food so we were expecting to wait, which was fine. After an hour my 14 year old Son and myself were beginning to feel a bit 'past it', and so my Fiance said he would find out how long it would be for the food so we could weigh up as to whether to stay or go elsewhere. He was informed it would be another '6 minutes'. The food arrived fairly soon after but not within 6 or even 10 minutes. Both my Fiance and I had the Pork Roast. The vegetables were soggy in the middle and dry on the outside = microwaved. The 'roast' Potatoes were the same. The pork is no doubt some sort of 'boil in the bag', you know, just a little too perfectly sliced and shiny to be off the bone, and the meagre portion of stuffing (a teaspoon) was Paxo or similar.
We were all so hungry, we ate our food. Sounds daft but I also believed that it was a lot more than many people get to eat on a Sunday so you have to be grateful. But when our plates were collected and we were asked 'how was everything' I couldnt help but be totally honest and say 'Shocking' and give an honest critique of the food. The waitress said she would tell the kitchen but that 'sadly it never seems to make much difference'.
I love cooking. I love good food. I love good honest earthy English pubs. Sadly this pub, which is still fairly true to its roots and thankfully hasnt been turned into a 'Bistro pub' is being run into the ground by a lack of efficient staff in the kitchen, poor head management and front of house staff who are demotivated and very openly frustrated by Greene Kings and the current supposedly 'on hand' managements, lack of being present and effective.
Go along if you want but my advice is go to the Grove Lock on the road to Horton, Leighton Buzzard where the atmosphere is always buzzing, the food is ALWAYS VERY good, and the Lady Manager is nearly always there but if not, her staff are efficient and attentive even when they are very busy - That is what we will do from now on.

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Reviewed 4 July 2011

We have been visiting this pub for many years now and during that time it has changed hands several times. Unfortunately the quality of food and service has not remained constant. When this latest landlord took over we were generally impressed with the continuity - same good food, warm welcome and plenty of activities. Sadly a few visits recently have been a disappointment. In particular, a few weeks ago we were the only couple waiting to be served at the bar. When a barman eventually turned up two ladies had arrived and he proceeded to serve them first. We let it be known that we had been waiting some time but indicated that he could carry on serving the new arrivals. Knowing that he had just served someone who had arrived after us, he then walked past us to serve someone who had just entered at the other end of the bar. It appeared to us that this may have been a friend of the barman. We walked out that night and didn't return until last weekend when we decided to try the 'coffee and cake' offer we had noticed on our last visit. This was a delicious looking coffee and walnut cake displayed under a cover on the bar. Imagine our disappointment when we arrived to find two cellophane wrapped muffins and a piece of indifferent fruit cake. We decided instead to have an early evening meal. I ordered chicken and bacon salad and my partner plumped for a chicken burger. The salad (cost £8 +) came without the advertised croutons and baby spinach. The chicken was sparse - no more than six or seven nugget size pieces and a spoonful of bacon bits. All in all a very expensive dish of salad leaves. The burger appeared to be a frozen chicken portion coated in KFC style seasoned breadcrumbs served in a white roll. I left feeling that our money could have been better spent on some nice fresh ingredients to cook at home.

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Reviewed 13 June 2011

This restaurant is in a perfect location along the canal. However on my day it was pouring with rain but the general atmosphere inside the pub was great. The staff are enthusiastic and professional. We ordered the roast of the day and food arrived promptly, almost too quick. It was very good, not brilliant but good. However we were both hungry and it was raining heavily outside. I would recommend the restaurant but next time would give the roasts a miss and go for one of the steaks.

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4  Thank JOESKY123
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Reviewed 5 June 2011

Lovely quaint old pub with a bit of history.Relaxing atmosphere ovelooking the the Grand Union canal. Lovely to sit out in summer days.Just as good sitting in the winter days with the lovely cosy log fires.Food is good value for money and have some special food promotions. Murder Mystery evenings are well worth going to.

Management are very good at what they do,but some of the staff are not.
We had a meal brought to us at the canalside and was told to get our own cutlery by a female staff.(The tables nearer the pub already had baskets with cutlery in.)
Was not asked 'if everything ok' with meal as you usually get halfway through a meal.

Good playground facilities for children.

All in all i would recommend this pub for all concerned (it is a favourite of mine in all weathers.)

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2  Thank meanwhatisay
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Reviewed 6 February 2017
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