Here now. Great beers. Maybe 25-30 punters. Varied soundtrack. Loud enough to be heard over the chatter but not loud enough to make chatter difficult. Give it a go. If, like me, you’re local enough for this to be your local, you might be pleasantly surprised.
Whilst it's better than nothing, it's a shame that an expensive craft beer bar is open opposite a big old traditional pub that has closed down because not enough people were using it. I suppose it's a sign of the times, but wouldn't it be awful if places like this were the only place to get a beer!
Just because it was busy on a Sunday, stuffed full of buggies, prams and toddlers called 'Willow' and 'Oscar' being taken out by their parents for a Sunday roast, doesn't mean it was busy enough the rest of the time to justify its existence. If it was making good money it would still be a pub today.
> I don't give a toss about flowers but I do agree
> it's characterless.. Particularly if empty.
The huge empty space in front of the bar doesn't help. I wonder why the tables seem to be arranged all around the edge.
So far as the pub opposite goes, when it was a Harvester I had the misfortune to have a meal there as a mystery shopper. Two things were so bad they had to be sent back (I can't remember what now, this was years ago) and the rest was pretty dire.
Me and my other half went on Saturday, there was no problem about taking our dog in and the couple/people who were running it were really lovely, offering to make some food for our mutt if he was hungry. The beer/cider was really good and we'll definitely go again. Try not to stick the boot in so quickly, if it's not for you just don;t go back rather than slag the place off on here. Good luck to them and hope they do well with their business.
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> The huge empty space in front of the bar doesn't
> help. I wonder why the tables seem to be arranged
> all around the edge.
Not visited yet but I will - Some pubs move tables later in the evening to cater for the drinkers who like to stand and mill around once the eaters go home. Tables and when to move them is a big thing really when you think about it.
* that it stays open. I'll do my bit by going in more often than last time
* post a tap list with your guest beers on it - even if just on social media. I'm more likely to drop in if I know there's a beer I'd like to try. And make the tap list more visible in the bar than it was last time where there were some on a pillar, some on the bar and some on a blackboard behind.
* get a few comfier more seats/armchairs. The tables/chairs feel left over from Barcelona and it feels a bit formal.
* post a flyer through doors within 5 minutes walk. Many of my neighbours didn't realise it was open last time until after it had closed.
In terms of price, craft beer is dearer than mass produced stuff. It takes a lot more hops to make a craft beer than a Carling. There's a lot of craft beer that isn't designed to drink in pints; you drink it in thirds or a half. Means you get to try a lot more too... And the Harvester was a dump for its last decade; it was only worth going to on a sunny day for the beer garden (not for the beer). I'm hoping that the Dispensary stays open long enough this time around to use their outside space.