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Submitted on Saturday, 10th November 2012
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Malden man left this review about The Candlemaker
The original glazed brown tiling remains externally however the interior is fully made over in a modern style leaving no evidence of original fittings. It's not a bad spot though, if a bit quirky. The bar is to the left on entering, this is a squareish boarded area with bench seats at rectangular tables. There were five handpumps, three in use offering Sambrook's Junction, Truman's Bold as Brass plus Laine's Best. I initially thought the friendly barmaid had given me too much change and feeling honest, queried the price. It turns out that the Laine's is now £2.80 a pint while the others are £3.80. That's a pretty decent offer around here these days.
The pub extends back quite some way beyond the bar area where it kinks around to the left and narrows. The quirky candle related pictures remain and a huge candle featured in a projecting candleholder. At the end is a wood burner and wall mounted TV, seating in this area is more avant-garde with styled armchairs and stools as well as the inevitable sofas.
Lots of exposed brickwork, flowers and candles (of course) on the tables and subdued lighting together with the low key background music gave a laid back feel. On the bar back are a number of small skull like figures, painted in bright colours, some stacked on top of each other resembling totem poles. Curious.
Food is "Ranch Style" Mexican street food, a couple of blokes ordered some enchiladas while I was there, they didn't look half bad. You pick a type of wrap then your choice of meat or veg and then your salsa. A different concept in pub food.
There is a large covered outdoor area to the side and another smaller one towards the rear.
I enjoyed my brief stay here even if the place is not traditional in any way and getting a decent pint for under three quid no doubt played a big part in that.
On 8th December 2013
- rating: 7
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john gray left this review about The Candlemaker
Rather good pub with 4 decent beers on . Unusual shaped pub with nice artwork on the walls. Didnt notice the candles but thought the pub was called the Shoemaker so was looking for shoe related things. Really good outside seating to the side in the form of booths. Had a perfect pint of Laines -best(brewed at wj Kings
On 9th November 2013
- rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Candlemaker
This pub was originally called The Greyhound, and more recently The Bellevue. But it’s now a candle themed pub. There were four ales on – Redemption Hopspur, Darkstar Pale Ale, Aussie Blond, and Laine’s Best (£3.70 a pint) which is a Brighton brewed ale. There was a fifth pump with a clip reversed. The Brighton ale being available is probably not a coincidence, and may turn out to be the “house” beer, as this pub is now run by InnBrighton. There were menus still out when I was in at around 3.0 PM on Saturday. Sandwiches were £7 - £9 and main course £9 - £10. There was also a heated food container on the bar counter, but it was empty.
The exterior of this pub still has the original attractive brown tiling, but inside nothing original remains. In the front bar that contains the bar counter the furnishings are mainly really solid varnished wooden tables with hard wooden benches, plus some tall stools by the window and of course at the bar. The room stretches back seemimgly endlessly past the servery, and this is where the inevitable sofas and banquettes are to be found. There are some interesting large paintings on the walls back here, the pick of the bunch for me being of the now iconic Battersea Power Station, but with the four chimneys being replaced by giant candles. Sounds odd, but I quite liked it. The thing I didn’t particularly like is the celebrity “death board” on one of the walls – it seems you pay £1 to name a celebrity and winner takes all, presumably when one of them shuffles off this mortal coil. Bad taste I reckon, but that’s just my personal opinion.
Continuing with the candle theme, at about 3.15 PM one of the barmaids came round to put little candles on all the tables. I also spotted a very large candle in a 5 foot high candlestick. It’s that sort of place.There are no dartboards, pool tables, or fruit machines in here – it’s far too upmarket for that. There was some music being played however, although nothing too raucus thankfully. I don’t think this pub is one to which I would make regular visits, but it’s certainly an improvement on its previous incarnation.
On 16th December 2012
- rating: 7
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- Darts : No last updated 16 December 2012 by Pub SignMan
- Hot Food : Yes last updated 16 December 2012 by Pub SignMan
- Pool Table : No last updated 16 December 2012 by Pub SignMan
- Real Ale : Yes last updated 16 December 2012 by Pub SignMan