This grand old lady of a pub is wonderful from the outside (or we wouldn't have went in) but once inside that feeling is instantly dispelled.
On reaching the bar we were completely ignored by the barman who had clearly seen us but decided he'd carry on washing glasses (about the only thing that looked like they'd been washed in here) until he could bring himself to bother with us. Even then his tone would have given the Gruffalo a run for his money. "What do you want ? ".... Er... let's start with "Hi there, what would you like to drink folks ?" or some such similar greeting.
Ok, calm down, calm down, take a (dirty) seat and table, mind you don't trip on the torn carpet as you go.
The inside of the pub is really special, but it looks like it's been (un) cared for by a serial killer, everything is too much trouble. I'll say it's consistent though, as looking out of the bay window
we noticed the picnic tables which were also dropping to bits and rotten with woodworm and green mould... we wouldn't dare sit on them.
Then the loo's.... It was like something that you'd find in a prisoner of war camp. Filthy walls with not so recent vomit stains left to fester on them.. the paint peeling off the doors but neatly hidden by years of disgusting hand prints.... the floors swimming in... well god only knows what. C'mon guys.... soap and water... a little paint... look after this old girl as she more than deserves it.
The food coming out of the kitchen looked to be reheated frozen stuff and certainly wasn't homemade. We couldn't bring ourselves to eat in here, If the pub is so run down then what's the kitchen like ? (I'm eagerly awaiting the "Kitchen Nightmares" episode which I'm sure is coming !)
There's a reason this pub is rated 81 out of 91 in Buxton. Instead we finished our drinks and went and spent £40 in the Lone Star instead. Go see what that fantastic place is like fella's and it'll give you a clue what you are getting wrong.
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