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I have been in the trade for 10 years now from Edinburgh, to London and also abroad. Soon to be running the White Lion, Norwich for Milton Brewery

Username: ralphholland

Age: 44

Sex: male

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The Windmill Inn, Ewshot

I took over as manager in June 2013 - running this pub for a small group of Viallagers who wanted to save the pub by taking over the lease 3 years ago.

We are trying to improve the quality of the food and drink.

Special offer for September is Sunday Roasts for only £5.95 - Mention BITE when ordering for an extra special offer

12 Sep 2013 13:44

The Hoop and Toy, South Kensington

Been an occasional drinker here after work for a month. Most of the staff are excellent but often very busy, but they usually ackowledge you when you come to the bar. The ales are usually well kept, a selection of 4 is "usually" on offer. Recently had London Pride, Old Golden Hen, Hobgoblin and one other. Prices a bit steep 3.75 for Golden Hen or Hobgoblin.

Only been drinking here as it is on the way from work to the tube!

So staff good, Ales good but expensive but I was shocked to find out that a particularly surly and unhelpful female member of staff is actually part of the management.

Many times I have been served by her, I felt like there was anywhere she would rather be. Tonight was the last straw... I was with 5 colleagues (all in bar/restaurant trade). we had all had 2 or 3 pints, and a member of staff came outside to tell us it was last orders (very nice touch btw). I went inside to find her taking out the till at 11:57 (3 mins before closing time) and saying that the bar was closed. I asked about the time and she just said No, bars closed and took the till away.

I understand about timings and long hours, done it myself! But rudeness and not actually serving until closing time?? In a chain pub where everything is about hitting targets?

24 Nov 2011 01:50

The Town Wharf, Old Isleworth

Well the place is dirty, dusty, empty and over half of it is closed.

It used to be a good pub apparently but has just gone stale. There is no reason to go to this pub except if you really love sam Smiths beers... and honestly there are better out there.

Prices always low but then wetherspoons undercut them and at least you can get a choice of Real Ales there... Food basic and generic.

25 Aug 2011 17:12

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