The Baldwin, Hall Green - pub details
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|I was somewhat surpised when a leaflet accompanying the local rag (which somehow passes for 'jounalism') was rammed through my letterbox informing me that The Baldwin had been 'transformed'; had reopened and were offering me the 'best in pub food at reasonable prices'. I admit, I was cynical at first. |
The last time I had ventured into the place, the first thing I noticed was a big sign on the wall saying 'drugs banned in this pub'. Never a good sign. I felt the cold eyes of the clientele study and assess ever fibre of my being as I ordered a beer. Apprantly, having successfully met the criteria that I was not a CID man, they revereted to whatever unsavoury activity they were previously enagaged in. The decor was old an tired and the whole place had the feel of a rough sink-estate pub.
However, now I was rather suprised. I was served reasonably quickly at the bar, there was a 'standard' range of beers and the food tasted fine, and was reasonably priced. The garden out the back too is very nice, and overlooks the bowling green.
There was not one sign of the previous miscreants who had ruled this pub (if they were they were at least well behaved). The only annoying issue was the fact that there was many children running riot, although I did expect this to a certain extent being a 'family' pub. A remedy perhaps is the erection of a playground in the spacious yard out of the back, so the children can be kept segregated from the hardcore drinkers.
All in all, a good establishment. Geoffrey Chaucer would certainly have recognised the 'ragged and pitied folk' who consume robust quantities in the presence of their offpsring. In that sense, it serves its purpose.
docmartin - 5 Dec 2012 11:33
|This pub has been done out lovely and has a really good outside area, i have visited the pub twice now, and on both occasions i have felt that the bar staff have been to procupied with themseleves rather than the customers. the first visit was in the afternoon and was very quite so not really any excuse. the second visit was last night admittedly it was very busy due to the weather, but yet again a very long wait to get served and rather than the bar staff coming to the customer we were asked to, can you come over here saves me having to come to you !!!!! apart from bad customer service everything eles was ok|
potwash - 24 May 2012 10:51
|Reopening today, after an extensive refurb, as a "Hungry Horse" establishment.|
thegiant - 28 Mar 2012 17:11
|I'm sure everyone is worried Darren!|
I would have to agree with the rest of the comments (Except Darren) this place is a hole!
SteveBrum - 14 Dec 2010 12:04
|And if you want a slash you have to negoiate yourself past packs of rabid staffordshire bull terriers....`Don`t worry lovey he doesn`t bite.....`|
Blastbeat - 3 Sep 2010 13:50
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