Tuesday, 21 April 2009

The Cricketers

Ahh what better way of spending a warm, sunny Tuesday than in a pub on Richmond Green. The Cricketers is a small charming pub full of regulars young and old, with friendly bar staff and a fine selection of ciders / ales.
Upon seating, we noticed a game of giant Jenga. It was at this point we decided that if the tower should fall, that person would drink a shot of what they hated most. Although everyone at some point managed to knock the tower over, there were two of our small group that managed to knock their shots over in the process, therefore avoiding the forfeit. How very convenient.
In other news: Oliver baffled an eccentric handlebar moustache man by building a bridge of Jenga blocks half way off the table. Andrew was yet again fixated by TV adverts, and Alison suffered mental exhaustion.

Off to the side of Richmond green this is defiantly a good summer pub, and a traditional one at that. While outside seating was available we decided to sit inside as it hasn’t yet gotten to quite that warm stage...yet.
we found a pair of sofas and settled in for the evening, and then started playing Jenga, whether or not they were actually there for Jenga purposes or decoration by the fireplace is still unclear but no one seemed to have an issue so we continued and all took turns in loosing, As Alex was driving his forfeit was a bag of Cheese and Onion crisps. No wonder he was annoyed when mine and Alison’s shots got knocked over by the ending of another game, it still meant I went to work the next morning with shoes smelling on Tequila and a bag that reeked of Sambucca!

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Bar Snacks
Real Ale
Outside seating
Large screen

Kopparberg Pear Cider, Smirnoff Ice, JD & Coke and J2O:

Alex - 8.1
Alison - 8.0
Andrew - 7.6
Oliver - 7.0

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

The Bull

Very much aimed at the younger market (mainly 18 year old girls, judging by the running and loud screams coming from the WC), The Bull quite frankly feels seedy and cheap. From it's horrible external brown matt paint, to its tacky internal Christmas lights, it is one I recommend to avoid.
Andrew was already drinking at a small table when Oliver and I arrived. Greeting him with some sci-fi DVD's, he unexpectedly got quite excited and managed to kick his beer off the table.
After choosing from the boringly common selection of lager and bottled beers, we moved away from the beer mess and sat down towards the back (anywhere else just felt like we were on an adult film set). Here we were - trying to get comfortable on cigarette burnt plastic seats in a dark compartment, with the only source of light being a blurry BBC News 24 LCD screen and a candle. Not my idea of a good time.
At around 23:15 a bored barmaid walked over and told us "Can you leave, the place shut twenty minutes ago". Being at the back we downed our drinks and made our way quickly to the door, only to notice people still chatting away and we were the only ones leaving... what's that about!?
The Bull does serve a purpose though, it keeps the riff-raff out of the nice bars.

This is not so much as Pub as more a Club that’s open during the day, and the atmosphere does not change throughout. The seating areas are quite varied, while waiting for the others I was on a sofa with a low height table which was okay until you go to cross your legs and kick your drink over the edge. We relocated at this point to a more of a diner cubicle style area but the issue with this was that they had fit 4 of these into an area the really should have only had 3, this meant that not only was the gap to sit in quite narrow (something I admittedly had an issue with finding a comfortable sitting position in) but sitting opposite someone meant you were practically interlocking legs. While this works probably when talking to the opposite sex on a busy Saturday night, 3 blokes having a quiet drink on a Tuesday proves this is not a good design.

Pub facilities / features:

Bad phone reception
Hospital food smells better
Bar snacks? Forget it.

Pint of Fosters, J2O, pint of Youngs, glass of house red wine:

Alex - 2.0
Andrew - 5.2
Oliver - 5.0