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Old Comical, Sandown

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Basic boozer with nothing to recommend it. Other pubs are far better.
hollybush33 - 1 Jul 2018 13:36
If you and the kids are lucky enough to stumble into one of the weekend summer events in the big garden, like I did last summer, you'll be glad you did - large bouncy castle, burger range, outside band, face painting, giant chalk board(!!)... Also, you can flip between the gardens of this pub and The Castle in the next road as their gardens are practically back to back. Two very different pubs a few meters from each other. Marvellous!
prfctday - 12 Jun 2013 15:51
ok pub just off the high street,wasnt many in on a heavy rainy sunday night.front door a squeeze for the larger person.looked closed from outside as no outside lights were on.friday and saturdays live music.
hoppyal - 2 Oct 2012 14:07
A real old spit and polish boozer but with plenty of character. Bare wooden floorboards and hard wooden seats abound but it doesn't seem to matter. A choice of 2 real ales with 1 unused pump. No food but still worth a visit.
boozers_knows - 6 Jul 2012 11:24
Not been in a pub quite so dilapidated as this for some time. lights broken and people so drunk they couldn't stand. Grim.
DudleyC - 6 Apr 2011 10:41
gone right downhill
sminky01 - 30 Jan 2011 14:27
Today (23/6/10) I've just watched a repeat of the old 'Relocation Relocation' programme on More 4 featuring this pub, but I see from the current pub website that Dean Brand and family are no longer running it. Anyone know what happened - it all seemed to be going very well for them. Maybe they've moved on to something bigger and better.
classic0904 - 23 Jun 2010 19:04
I want to retract a lot of what I said in my earlier message.

I've since been back, and the juke box and live music has returned.

The only, slightly, negative thing is the type of juke box they've installed. Your tunes can be superceeded by people who put songs on after you. The order is dictated by where the tunes are on the juke box, rather than when they were put on. As a result, despite there only being 5 people in the pub, I only heard 3 of my chosen 9 songs in the 1.5 hrs I was there. I think the locals have the advantage of experience over me!
holsters - 26 Jan 2007 14:26
This used to be the best pub in Sandown, until Dean & Sam took over it

One of the first things they did was rip out the juke box, which was the main source of entertainment. Also, they hardly ever have live entertainment any more, when once groups like the 'Tinlids' could be found there every other week.

Dean's concentration on food wasn't what this, once quaint, chilled, friendly and entertaining, pub needed.

The pub is now a shell of it's former self and the heart has been torn out of the place.
holsters - 2 Jan 2007 20:19
This place has everything going for it which is why I suppose it's used by the locals-always a good sign. Bar staff friendly, beer good and a good atmosphere.
terfysgwr - 9 Oct 2005 18:45
Looking forward to popping into the Old Comical when we come over to Sandown in July. Having seen Dean & Sam on Relocation show this week, looks as though they have made a real success of taking over the pub, can't wait to pop in for a bevvy or 2.
Jan_L - 21 May 2005 16:59
Certainly the best pub in Sandown.I visit the island about 4 times each year and always make a point of visiting the Old Comical.The pub has a great atmosphere and the beer is always spot-on particularly the Abbott ale.I will be visiting Sandown in Feb for my birthday and will be sure to pop in for pint or two.Carry on the good work.

Best wishes
Jeff
geof3083 - 11 Jan 2005 14:07
I'll have to admit, the morning did not start well.

There we were, my girlfriend and I, walking through Sandown and trying to find her some sandles and trying to dodge the dead eyed, lumbering scum that were clogging the streets like poisoned rats blocking a sewer.

I was just suggesting that wolves should be released to savage the population, only the quick or clever would servive when the girlf said "Look, a pub sign. Let's invesitigate."

So we arrived at the Old Comical and had a drink. Chilled out atmos, good beer and plenty of wood and stone and little 'theme pub seaside' bollocks. Locals propped up the bar, chattering, with life in their eyes and speed in their limbs.

An oasis of decency and sanity. Thank you.
MrScott - 5 Jul 2004 13:34
Hi Sam and I would like to say thanks for all your kind words, it really makes us feel good that our efforts so far are appreciated. All are welcome and if you are visiting the Island please take the time to come and experience Sandown for your self it truly is a wonderfull place to live. If you come and have a drink with us i'm sure you will understand why we chose the Comical over the Griffin!!!

Kind regards

Dean, Sam, & baby William


Dean Brand - 28 Apr 2004 22:10
BEST PUB IN SANDOWN HAS JUST GOT BETTER WITH SAM AND DEAN TAKING OVER ON 1st MARCH NEWLY DECORATED FRIENDLY WELCOME GOOD BEER CHEAP BY SANDOWN PRICES BIG SUNNY BEER GARDEN POOL TABLE AND BAR SNACKS A CRACKING LITTLE REAL PUB WITH A GOOD PUB ATMOSPHERE AND LIVE MUSIC ON FRIDAYS KIDS WELCOME
JOCK - 28 Apr 2004 16:59
Since Dean and Sam have taken over the Pub has a new lease of life. You will get a very friendly and warm welcome. Bill the the barman affectionately known as "fatty" is chatty pleasant and efficient.He knows how to keep a god beer.
This is a genuine "proper" British pub. I've been using it for the last 10 years as a regular visitor to Sandown.
jacqui - 28 Apr 2004 16:39
we too saw this on the relocation-relocation programme and hope that everything is going O.K with the planned improvements/kitchen etc hope to visit soon
helene - 10 Apr 2004 19:04
SAW THIS PUB PRROGRAM ON RELOCATION RELOCATION AND WAS MOST IMPRESSED WITH THE NUNEATON COUPLES VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF THE COMICAL. I AM NOT A LOCAL BUT WILL BE VISITING THE ISLAND THIS SUMMER WITH FRIENDS AND LOOK FORWARD TO HAVEING A PINT OR TWO WITH THE THE LOCALS.
ADY - 9 Apr 2004 20:11

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