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Submitted on Sunday, 16th January 2011
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john gray left this review about Assembly House
lovely nice bright pub with massive windows on 2 sides. Very nice brilliant cut and etched glass screen at the rear of the pub. Good range of keg beers and 5 beers on Handpump inc Cottage -Duchess,Cotleigh-Snowy and Honey Buzard.Both Cotleigh beers were good.Nice pub.
On 16th January 2014
- rating: 7
[User has posted 269 recommendations about 267 pubs]
Tris C left this review about Assembly House
Recently refurbished (yet again), this is an extraordinarily ornate pub; given its size and enormous skylight, ballroom would probably be a better description. If seated, you're treated to a free bum massage courtesy of vibrations caused by passing underground trains.
Despite arriving at about 9.30 pm, there were five large transparent polythene rubbish bags displaying their contents propped up against the side of the pub. Behind the bar, the floor was filthy: covered in bottle tops, soaking wet with piles of both wet and soggy paper. It was at this point that the metal spirit measures tumbled onto the floor. Picked up, they were returned to their shelf with no attempt made to clean them. Two trays of clean glasses from the dishwasher were placed on the floor as finally a member of staff made a half hearted attempt to clean around them. Eventually I was served and service was friendly.
I popped out for a smoke and to keep the bin bags - which now numbered six - company only to return and find my half drunk pint cleared away. My other belongings were on the table so obviously they must have guessed I was returning, so why take my pint? I went to the new lavatories and it's clear that they haven't learnt from their previous mistakes: the floor was awash with fluid (I'd guess not water) and as with the old loos, covered with soggy paper. Yet another transparent polythene bin bag was present by the basins. It was at this point that the Forum crowd arrived; the ladies loo was unable to accommodate the arrival of so many women at once, so they all piled into the gents - nice.
I don't think this pub gives a toss for its customers; I doubt very much I'll return.
On 23rd June 2013
- rating: 1
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Quinno _ left this review about Assembly House
A second lucky dip en route to the Bull & Gate and a second pub that has apparently had a recent refurbishment. The building is a large, striking street-corner pile with a spire that can be seen from some distance and its location, close to the tube station and the Forum, meaning it picks up a lot of passing trade. The interior has a number of old ornate touches, such as the intricate moulded ceiling and columns. The layout is rather awkward and this was clearly a multi-roomed pub that has been knocked through, meaning that the bar has two serving ‘ends’ just round each corner, making the understaffed bar team rather slow and dithery. A number of standard Greene King beers are available, with a list guest (Caledonian 80 Shilling on my visit, which tasted fine) alongside some premium-brand lagers such as Kirin and Budvar. As mentioned elsewhere, the rumble of passing tube trains can either be good fun or off-putting, depending on your mentality.
Whilst I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit here again, I might well pop in at some point when a gig calls me back to the area.
On 17th July 2011
- rating: 6
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