19 Jun 2011
Am sorry to say that on a Saturday night (18 June), the William IV was a depressing place to be. Silent Dad's Army on the telly, while overly loud early 90s euphoric dance tunes (some rather good) throbbed through a cluttered interior. There are many beautiful features (the s-shaped bar, the Trumans mirror) but the pub needs a sprucing up and a clearing out. Service was not rude but the staff had an overwhelming air of wishing they were somewhere else. Brodies beers are super, in the main, and this was the draw for our visit. Sadly, the pints of California were room temperature (both pints - the line must be a long one!) and the American Brown was flat as a pancake. Given the small number of punters and gloomy atmosphere, we left without finishing. I like pubs with dartboards and quiz machines, et al., and particularly love the idea of all that in a brewery tap - but these days, the offer has to be first rate and that simply isn't the case here. Noticeable that the Spoons over the road, with impeccable service, meet the brewer nights and top notch ales was full (and this despite the William IV's keen pricing of £1.99 for ales). A spruce-up and, perhaps, a reduction in the number of ales to prevent spoiling would do the William IV the world of good.
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