The Crosse Keys, Bank - pub details
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|We had a very similar experience to a previous reviewer, we had the temerity to turn up at 10:30 on Friday Night just before Christmas, and were 'served' by a miserable little eastern european apparachnik obviously still missing her previous role in the stasi, I ordered a 1/2 pint of pear cider after pulling that she announced that she wasnt going to serve 'some of your party' and 'you should go home', (to put this into context we were a group of 6, 50 year old nerds meeting up in town for a meal and a few beers), one of the guys then said 'OK, 6 coffees then' to no response other than 'you should go home' she then attempted to snatch my half of cider back, so I drank it and we left. In 30 odd years of going to a pub Ive never been treated like this, god knows what Tim Wetherspoon would say if he found his barstaff were trying to impose their catholic values on the rest of us. Bring back the friendly Aussie and Kiwi bar staff please. (even if they cost a bit more!)|
CMM62 - 9 Jan 2013 15:33
|Splendidly finished Wetherspoon with lots of ales choices. Great if you visit during working hours when it is not too crowded.|
ArhurPint - 6 Dec 2012 14:28
|A bit cross with the Crosse Keys after my experience there yesterday.|
Plastic badged female appears behind bar, pallid, thin-lipped, unsmiling, propelling herself with zealous rapidity as someone of consequence.
Iím sorry, I canít serve you, she says instantly (meaning, in hypocrite language, she wouldnít serve me). Youíve had three rounds in half an hour.
In point of fact, it was 12:15 and I had had three double whiskies (not rounds) served by other members of staff in the hour and a half since I arrived at 10.45. There was no problem and it was none of her business. I was shaven and in a decent shirt, but it was a Monday. The only thing I did was to change my seat once, ask for my last drink in a brandy glass and inquire as to the history of the pub, for which I was referred to a panel at the back.
Do I look drunk? I inquired.
She avoided answering this question:
Not serving you. Sir, was my decision.
Then madam Iíll make my decision.
I then went to other places, and they did serve me with no untoward results.
So, as I said, a bit cross with the Crosse Keys. A pity, as itís the only place I know that serves affordable Lagavulin. Would it not be better to say with a smile, I think you may be getting near your limit: allowing for the possibility that the customer may have feelings, and the speaker may be wrong?
EconomicUnit - 2 Nov 2012 13:48
|Not my first choice for an after work drink but the range of beer here is the widest in the City. 24 hand pulls and the beers are handily advertised on TV screens above the bar. Had an excellent couple of pints of GK Abbot last week. The decor is far more opulent than a typical 'Spoon. The building is magnificent. Marble pillars, rococo ceilings and tiled mosiac floor around the bar. Having said that, it's sheer size makes for a rather impersonal atmosphere. |
00Fleming - 7 Jul 2012 00:38
|I guess it all depends on what sort of drinking establishment and atmosphere you desire or perhaps you are in IT in a grimy basement office? When you have the Royal Exchange, Jampot, Lamb, Coq d'Argent, No.1 Lombard Street and The Swan right on your doorstep this then this is the very poor (wo)man's venue or you've never actually socialised in The City.|
A vast cavernous place, so utterly souless that you could have as much, "fun", with a can of Stella on the concourse of Waterloo Station. I am sure the beer and staff are delightful but on my lone visit I couldn't get out of the place fast enough to find something far nicer.
Its a close run thing but I'd just about so along with Vodka Revolution if it was that vs this. Perhaps people go only because it is cheap, frankly I'll live with being NFI over any invite to this sort of venue.
NLBS - 16 May 2012 12:26
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