Tuesday, 20 April 2010

The Tapestry

Looks like an old fashioned pub from the outside, but don't be deceived - get through the front door and you'll soon realise this is actually more of a restaurant with a bar than anything else.
The smell of food, the waitress asking you where you want to sit, the tab based billing system, even to a point where the waitress apologises for 'not having any mints' when paying.  I can only guess 'service not included' written in bold at the bottom of the receipt, may have been something to do with that.
If we were reviewing restaurants The Tapestry may have been given better score, but as it stands for somewhere to drink, it's stupidly expensive and you won't find any ales either.  Just pop across the road to the Jolly Gardeners and save yourself a few quid.
-Alex

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Bar snacks
WiFi
Outside seating
Alex - 4.9
Dave - 5.4
Oliver - ?

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

The Ship

Only two types of people know this pub exists - the locals and the people who love the annual boat race (well actually three if you include us pub geeks).
It's hidden round the back of the Budweiser brewery, from the outside it doesn't look much... but it is humongous. I've been reliably informed The Ship hasn't always been this size, only extended when the new landlord decided to cater towards the food side of things.
With so many places to sit, we headed off towards the back, having to squeeze past a young 'girl' in a puffer jacket. She was holding her pint up at the sports screen and shouting "you're havin' a larf!". It's always a worry when you go into a place and the females have more testosterone than the blokes.
The resident dog was a scruffy little thing, he seemed to make a habit of running around the restaurant side (where we were sitting) and urinating against the legs of the chairs. Gave the place a wonderful aroma like a tramps six year old duffel coat.
The staff were good though and I'd be interested to see what it's like on a summers afternoon, outside obviously.
-Alex

Pub facilities / features:

Food served
Bar snacks
Real ale
Outside seating
Sport screen
Amaretto & coke, coke, J20, packet crisps / nuts:

£8.76
Alex - 6.5
Andrew - ?
Oliver - ?