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.
More Greene King stuff. Converted from an old post office, inside is a bit from the GK catalogue, this one with the slightly trendy section being used. Standard pub food, no cask ale, but Punk IPA on keg. Friendly barman, slightly steep prices.
Belhaven (so Greene King) pub in the city centre. We’d been to the nearby, very new, V&A Dundee (which was ace).
Don’t let the GK put you off. Good choice of guest beer, great staff, and good food. Pleasantly not-too-plush, not-too-contrived decor; a conversion from a bank, like several Dundee pubs. Prices entirely reasonable, too.
We’d underestimated just how busy Broughty Ferry could be on a Saturday night: this place was rammed, but we just scored a table by sheer luck.
This is a CAMRA award winning pub for multiple years, and seems well enough liked by the community for them to get all in a froth about the refurb which seems to have been completed fairly recently- when we were there, a local CAMRA member (yes, with beard) was taking photos and being shown round. The pub is three cottages, turned into a pub-with-rooms. The refurb has opened it up, which is a shame, but it’s still a decent place despite Greene King (Belhaven)’s best efforts. Great beer (courtesy of non-GK guest ales), decentish pub food, really great staff, pleasant customers (a requirement, given the density).
Bury St Edmunds:
Lovely edge-of-town pub. Very traditional inside and out. Greene King again, but some guest beer (Landlord, which was great), and really friendly staff and customers. If i found myself moving to Bury St Edmunds, this would be my local. Food only at lunchtimes, it seems- this place is primarily a community drinking pub with lots of community activities centred on it.
Bury St Edmunds:
Busy town-centre pub, with good outside space, which went well with the weather when we visited. Popular for food, but not overwhelmed, and though Greene King again, it had some guest beer on. Good beer choice, secent wine, friendly staff, and a real Friday/Saturday lively buzz without loud music, which was nice. Inside is standard Greene King refresh, but inoffensive.
Bury St Edmunds:
Once officially recognised as Britain’s smallest pub, and still claiming so, this is seriously small pub, at 15ft x 7ft, but doesn’t seem to be actually the smallest now.
It was, however, ….cozy. We went in mid-afternoon, reasoning it might be quieter, and managed to get a seat, just, but it seems people rotate between outside and drinking (sadly, local laws don’t allow drinking outside). Needless to say, no food, as there’s only one table. There’s one toilet, up a very steep set of stairs. Beer is Greene King, but well kept Greene King. Staff and locals very friendly. The Pubcat, though, looked a bit skinny and didn’t want attention.
Bury St Edmunds:
This was the first pub we found walking into town from our hotel, and we needed lunch, having been up early that morning. Outside looks traditional, inside is a modern Greene King (who else, that close to the brewery?) pubco makeover, so stripped boards and green paint.
I was ready to not be keen, because there was a bit of a hipster air about the place too, so that coupled with decor and GK beer wasn’t encouraging, but in the event it was fine: the sandwiches were nice, there was guest beer, the music wasn’t too loud and the staff were really pleasant. We visited again that evening, and the food wasn’t bad then, and the music wasn’t deafening, so overall, pretty good. There’s romms here too, and they seemed to be in a seperate building to the pub.
Original post here
I’d been meaning to reblog this for a long time. As The Drunken Duck is currently closed, it’s the only choice in Walsall Wood High St. I really want to like it, I really do- especially given the landlord’s a decent chap, and has put a lot of effort in, and it seems popular enough but it’s just not doing it for me. The beer is Greene King, the lounge is usually shut, and the bar is usually very noisy with a somewhat oversized and painfully set up sound system playing dreadful music, and it’s impossible to get to the bar because people are stood/sat there. The result of this is that the Royal Exchange has become the go-to pub in Walsall Wood, with decent beer, and the ability to hold a conversation, but it’s in the wrong direction for the shops and ATM…
Mixed impressions here: we visited several times, with different feelings. Trying to sum it up, on the positive side there’s decent enough food, a great location on the seafront, and real ale and decent wine, and the pub is pretty big with different areas, and the staff were pleasant. on the negative side, it’s Greene King, so with GK beer (so I drank Peroni) and the “middle-class green” paintbrush has been out; there’s *awful* piped music- dreadful modern covers of not-that-old pop. It’s a family pub, too [shudder].
Could have been much worse.