The Sandrock Hotel, Shirley - pub details
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Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 7763)
- Quiz night (Thursday from 9pm)
- Food served (12 noon until 10pm daily), Sunday roast (Choice of 3 roasts available all day), Real ale (Four cask ales regular guests)
- Outside seating, Children allowed (families welcome when joining us for food), Credit cards accepted (cash back available), Car park, Smoking area, Wireless internet access
Pub suggested by lout_from_the_lane on 4 May 2004
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|Basically a food pub. The food is good but the beer is is very poor. Just the one cask ale, Landlord, which was passed its prime and served at room temperature.|
I wont rush back.
bob.the.wop - 2 Jun 2013 22:27
|Having moved away from the area I decided to pop in the Sandrock to check if things had improved. I was the only one in the whole bar on a Tuesday evening at around six, and it stayed this way for a good hour. The barman was less than chatty, so it was a pretty miserable experience. It made me long for the time when the pub was frequented by this dreadful bore who would drone on about Arsenal to the extent that I would glaze over and lose the will to live. Even his monotonous conversation would have been a welcome distraction. It seems to me that they've priced themselves out of the market, as when I ventured to the Surprise later( a pub less than a stones throw away), a lot of the old faces were supping in there, and remarked that no one can afford to drink in there anymore. I must admit that I prefer the decor and cleanliness of the Sandrock to the Surprise, but at least the Surprise has some atmosphere, and most importantly, customers!|
Plumpian - 7 Sep 2012 14:24
|Home made hummus made without garlic, tahini and seasoning = wall paper paste. Dire selection for vegetarians. My risotto was cold and our table of 10 thought it was all cold, slow and bland. We virtually had to do a Mexican wave to get service & would have ordered more drinks had we been approached. We were surprised the place was so quiet for a good Friday until the food arrived. Requests for 2 lots of extra ice-cream ignored. We could have walked out without paying as the place was empty and the staff vanished. |
Will never be going back.
Jo1000 - 9 Apr 2012 16:36
|This pub has changed hands and is now run by a really nice couple, the prvious Paul and Shelly did try but they weren't cut out for it. The new managers (sorry don't know their names) will certainly always make you feel welcome beer is good garden is nice and its certainly got no black marks from me and my wife who have been there many times.|
beerfool - 1 Aug 2011 20:32
|I found The Sandrock on this website after I Googled it on Saturday afternoon. I wanted the phone number as my wife and I were going there for a bite to eat and thinking it may be very busy, that I might need to make a reservation.|
Once I had read all the awful reviews, I was tempted to not go. But when I told my wife, she quite correctly said that we had been many times and never had a problem. We have taken our 2 year old son, who is quite lively and the staff have been excellent with him.
So we went and had a super meal (moules marinières, sea bass, homemade burger and a lovely lemon cheesecake for dessert). The service was good, polite, efficient and friendly. The whole meal came to £44 with drinks and as usual I left 10% service. The Sandrock's food is well above average pub fare; well cooked and presented, offering a good choice of fresh food and all at reasonable prices.
I could not fathom why so many people would take exception to this pub, we have been at least 10 times over the past 2 years and never had an issue. We are both discerning diners with high standards when it comes to cleanliness, service and quality.
I have drawn the conclusion that when the new/recent landlords took over this pub and gave it a long-overdue refurb and spruce, in doing so they upset a large group of "regulars". I know what the Sandrock was like years ago and it was a smoke filled regular’s pub. This sort of patronage is no good for new business. They make an establishment seem cliquey and unwelcoming. I am surmising here but I suspect that anyone taking over the pub would have put the prices up to drive out the "all night nursing a pint" crowd and bring in some new fresh custom, who would spend good money on quality food and wine in comfortable and relaxed surroundings.
You could argue that The Sandrock is just a pub but there's no denying that it's a good gastro pub, which I can say would be a real shame if you did not try it for yourself.
RoachRampino - 5 Jul 2010 12:29
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