Close to Walsall’s ‘spoons and Tap & Tanner, you have to ask why?
It’s pricier than ‘spoons (£3.75 for my Punk IPA, which I chose over the sole cask ale- Doom Bar), and seems to offer a similar environment to The Tap & Tanner- (i.e: shitty sports on TV) with added shitty R&B music. A long way from my ideal pub in pretty much every way. Part of the Stonegate chain.
At the Rhos-on-Sea end of Colwyn Bay’s prom, a slow amble brought us here. It’s a bit of a gastropub, definitely not a drinkers one. Access was a bit tricky for a family member with us in a wheelchair, but staff were accommodating and helpful. We were only drinking, and prices were a bit on the high side, but it’s a very attractive-looking pub- traditional inside and out. There was ale, but I didn’t try it, but it had every chance of being good, judging by the staff.
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A revisit. Ate here, too. Food not bad, staff friendly. No horrible ale this time, because no ale full stop: maybe the reason it was vile was that it didn’t sell. Not too bad a pub, but Rhos Fynach up the road is nicer (but more expensive too).
We missed this last time we were round here, because some idiot left his camera in The Picture House, so had to go back to get it. It’s nice; better than The Cayley Flyer– food better, beer definitely better- both choice and quality. Nicely rustic inside, pleasant staff, nice looking function room upstairs. Seems to be independently run.
Pleasant, busy, large backstreet bar, full of locals on the lash of all ages rather than tourists. No cask ale, so Heverlee again. TVs and music, but not too loud, lots of conversation.
One of the locals we chatted to in The Pillars recommended this as a similar experience: it was similar, but not quite as good.
very much a drinker’s and locals bar. No cask ale, no food, but pleasant staff. Lots of bench seating.
Only went in here because of the impressive pub sign and frontage, spotted when we used a postbox just over the street, and glad we did. No food, no cask ale, but tons of atmosphere is a proper, city-centre drinker’s pub. Friendly staff and locals meant we spent our time in here chatting to strangers and just soaking it up.
Another converted bank. Is every pub in Dundee an ex-bank?
Anyway, another ‘spoons, so you know the drill. Cheap, reasonable food, decent beer. Great location in the centre of town, near the McManus gallery.
Opposite the Bank Bar, and another Belhaven (Greene King) pub, another bank conversion. Very nicely done inside too, all wood panelling, but a bit limited on seating given the sheer space- I ended up sat in the dining area without noticing. Decent beer, friendly staff. typical GK pubfood menu. A fairly typical modern city pub, but not soulless.
I was expecting to like this a lot, and walking through the door, it seemed good- traditional-looking, interesting looking beer, doggy greeting, wood-burning stove.
Things channged though; my beer was distinctly below-par, a bit vinegary, and we were asked to move upstairs, because of the smoke from stove drifting into the room- storm Ali was in progress outside. I don’t think that was the actual reason: smoke was present upstairs too. I think that in actual fact, they wanted to close the downstairs bar to move upstairs.
Upstairs had a different vibe: it’s a music venue, and a bit on the grotty side, which probably works really well and has the right feel if you’re seeing live music on a Friday night and it’s full, but on a Wednesday afternoon, it just felt a bit grimy, and it felt like we were intruding on a semi-private session, the dogs became annoying, and the bogs were swimming in water (but there were free condoms). Don’t get me wrong, I like pubs to be “lived in”, but something here didn’t work for me.