There are two handpumps (only IPA on during this visit). Piped music, a pool table and big-screen sports are prominent yet it is spacious and welcoming. Pub grub includes a quarter-pounder for £1.95.
In short, it's still an estate pub, just modernised.
|From about the top of the straight section of Victoria Road (the part running down to Mitcham's Corner), turn north up Harvey Goodwin Avenue and take the right fork up Stretten Avenue, carry on across the Akeman Street/Bateson Road and Gilbert Road junctions and the pub is a little further on the left.|
The frontage is a large car park, rather redundant these days, suggesting opportunities for future developments. (E.g. a grassy seating area?)
The building is set back, with the public bar on the right-hand side housing pub games. On the left is the no-smoking lounge bar, decorated in the trendy way: pink & green pastel shades plus comfy armchairs and sofas. To the rear are tables suitable for eating. As of March the food operation is beginning to build up.
It's roomy enough for musical events, so once entertainment licensing is in place there'll probably be events catering for a range of tastes. Each bar has a juke box but with the volume set at the unobtrusive level.
Whilst trade is building up there are a limited number real ales on at any time but already the number has increased from two to three or four. On this particular visit Adnams Bitter and Woodfordes Wherry were on.
It's a very welcoming place and the committment shown deserves to be rewarded but will enough people visit?
The beers on were IPA, Ruddles and Old Speckled Hen. The piped music was rather loud.
Verdict: a good suburban pub without being particularly noteworthy.
The three handpumps feature GK beers (only Abbot & IPA at time of this visit). Display cases advertise the wines available.
If you like the Bath House (Benet St.) or the Mitre (Bridge St.), you'll probably like this.
On entry from Thompson's Lane there is a distinct feel of a hotel lounge, with the hotel restaurant in the distance. It's another case of comfy chairs and pastel decor (pale cream). The piped music is thankfully quiet.
Wadworths 6X (£2.00) was the only beer on (an Old Speckled Hen pump clip was turned round) and the barman was under instructions to use the special 'real ale glasses' - straight-sided glass jugs, which he delivered American-style with a napkin underneath.
The place does feel as if it's not sure if it's a bar or a restaurant.