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The Leg of Mutton & Cauliflower, Ashtead
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22 Jan 2010
It pains me to say this but this pub was infinitely better when it was run by Bass in the 1990s. Since then, it's slipped from owner to owner who have left various marks on the place. As the reviewer rightly says, the pub's reputation fluctuates between good and rubbish with a concerning regularity. Right now, it's plumbing new depths. I can't vouch for its daytime goings on, but Friday nights are nothing like they used to be. The pub used to be packed with all sorts of people, young and old. There used to be a good juke box, a decent selection of beers and friendly staff (mostly antipodeans). Now, at night, this place is dark, largely empty and clique-central. It seems to want to be a late night music venue more than a pub. Bring back the old landlords who concentrated on getting punters through the door with good food & drink, a jukebox, dartboard and all manner of other things that people actually want from a pub, and not pandering to his own tastes and those of a handful of bachannals that spend every night of the week there. Hopefully "The Leg" will once again rise to greatness but not without a hell of a lot of work.
48 The Street, Ashtead, Ashtead, Surrey, KT21 1AZ
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