39 Painswick Road,
Where is it?
From the front door head to the right of the bar. Follow it around and down the steps. Pass the door on the left (which takes you out to the garden) and the men’s is on the right.
What’s it like?
This is a good locals’ pub by all accounts. That means you’ll get nothing flashy but the beer will be good and cheap. About 10 years back this place was a cosy warm place to come. Now it has started to turn from cosy to run down despite some efforts at redecorating. Mind you they do have a good BBQ on nice summer evenings.
So what bought me back? Well a hard week at the office and the introduction of the smoking ban made me wonder what a pint in this old place might be like. Well, the smoking ban, I’m sad to say, just makes the stale smell and stained walls just seem that much more forlorn. A pity.
As for the toilets, well they might have banned smoking but they certainly have not banned other activities. In fact you have no choice but to flash the other punters when you go! The door to the toilet is wedged open and as you enter you find yourself rather exposed. So you think, I’ll head to the end. Nope, that doesn’t quite do it. Sqeeze right up against the wall. Damn they could still see. Then, feeling the pressure of the last pint building up, you decide to take a quick pee hoping that no one will come past from the garden. Will this work? Quick, quick! Ahhhhh – phewwww.
Now involuntary flashing is certainly not my idea of fun, and if it is a ploy to distract you from what the facilities are really like I’d have to say it just about worked!
Marks out of 10:
3 Frightening indeed!
Comments to the management:
Shut the door for crying out loud.