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The Green Man, Bracknell

The Green Man had a major refurb in June 2015 and was really quite good for a few months under the new management. Sadly they moved on and there has been a steady decline over recent months. You can never rely on any particular beer being on, there was even a few evening when they didn't have any bitters on tap, only bottled. There are several hand pumps but rarely more than a couple that are actually on. As for the craft beers they advertise, well! The Shipyard Ale disappeared months ago and has been replaced by East Coast IPA which is NEVER on - they just don't seem to be able to pour it without it being ridiculously frothy so they just don't bother! The furniture is constantly being moved around since they re-introduced a pool table which is now taking up a large spacein the previously pleasant quieter lounge-type area.
All-in-all very disappointed with how this pub has turned out.

20 Jun 2016 22:13

Red Lion, Bracknell

Appears to open and close when it feels like it. Friday 3rd May 2013, Bank Holiday Weekend, in darkness, sign on door "Closed Until Further Notice"

6 May 2013 18:06

Downshire Arms, Bracknell

This place has sadly gone downhill again. The seems like the general manager has lost interest and she is rarely seen. The place appears to be run by young duty managers who, quite frankly, haven't got a clue - although they are very keen on cashing up so they can clock off and go home!
Recently the place wasn't even able to serve any draught beers because they had run out of gas! Despite there being another outlet from the same group in town I doubt that it occured to anyone to contact then to see if they could help them out with some gas. Result: the customers had to drink bottled beer.

The whole bar is looking very run-down and there is a large damp patch on the wall in one of the seating areas that smells of mould. Very few of the outside coachlamps are working and the pub signs and impressive illuminated tree are very seldom switched on so the place very often looks closed.

There appears to be a fast turnover of staff which doesn't help.

It's a shame to see a pub/restaurant deteriorate just when you thought that it had turned a corner and become a decent place to go.

Time for some changes I think Whitbread! Surely they must have area managers that visit large outlets like this and notice all these things and take action?

8 Jun 2012 17:59

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