A long, narrow Victorian pub which up until a few years ago catered to a young, often bohemian, clientele. It was always good fun in here, not much in the way of real ale but a decent enough place for a pint, without any pretence or snobbery. After that, it became noticeably less "alternative" and went for the young Friday and Saturday night crowd, with DJs until 2:00am. This remains, but the pub has now attempted to re-invent itself in a gastro style. For "re-invent", read: "transformation" of rear drinking area (which was always good for live sport and a good chinwag) into a set dining area, which you can't enter if only drinking, despite it being empty on our Friday evening visit. Also read: £4.20 (!) for a pint of Kronenbourg. Given that you can get a pint of Amstel for not much more than £3 at several other more atmospheric and traditional places nearby, we suggest you steer clear of this place unless you like paying through the nose for not much.
Reviewed by FAP
01 Apr 2009