The historic city centre has no other family-run pubs (managerships predominate) - one has to go a little further out to the likes of King Street to find other traditional pubs.
However GK may develop ideas about wrecking the pub, perhaps to go for the student market. It's a classic example of a 1930s estate pub, essentially the same design as the Portland Arms (Mitchams Corner). It's still divided into Public and Lounge bars, for instance. There have been many changes since it was built but it still deserves preservation rather than destruction. At the time of writing it is trying to attract the punters by advertising Greene King IPA and Foster's at £1.75 a pint, which is bound to have a detrimental effect on the treade of other GK pubs in the area (e.g. the Bird In Hand and the Zebra).
Some weeks later AdHoc reviewed Pure in its "Eating & Drinking" section without mentioning beer. There were similar omissions in its recent reviews such as the Prince Regent, the Mitre and the Slug and Lettuce (see below). A sign of the times?
Jean and Sacha, the Aussie couple at the Haymakers in Chesterton Road, are leaving, having only arrived in April 2001. In their capable hands there was always something going on at this welcoming community local: quiz on a Monday, darts Tuesday and Wednesday, pool on a Thursdays and live music on the Friday and Saturday. The pub has had a lot of problems in recent years with entertainments licencing.
The Carpenters Arms on Victoria Road has been attractively refurbished in traditional style. An opening has been created between the bars to give the interior a U-shape; the new wainscotting in the former lounge is especially good. Real ales on a recent visit were Flowers IPA and Charles Bells Bombardier.
As expected, the short-lived Parisa cafe-bar in Green Street is now rebranded as a Slug and Lettuce youth-oriented bar.
McMullens are still dragging their feet over the conversion of the old Arts Cinema. An application for an entertainment licence went in earlier this year and at Easter hoardings around the site at long last went up. The ground floor will be a bar and the first floor will be for gigs.
The Portland Arms is developing a sideline of Internet bars under the
Having set up the Public bar with Internet access in 2000, there's now an Internet cafe
in the new Shopping Forum development in Jesus Lane.