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Ivor Longhorn left this review about Hall & Woodhouse
I too found the food expensive for what is offered and the staff a little surly. I don't recognise David Robinsons description of a "traditional pub area" on the ground floor, not like any pub I've ever been in, warehouse with sofas and some bookshelves and a faux shop, don't know why. The whole place on the night i went seemed to be full of estate agents and office types, for a drink with "friends" I suggest elswhere, for a central venue with colleagues or student mates it will do. Low score when one rates ambiance, food, drink and whether you want to come back and be as anonymous as the first time.
On 30th January 2011
- rating: 4
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Hall & Woodhouse
Quite why the brewery that owns this pub couldn’t come up with a slightly more imaginative name for it than simply calling it after the brewery I’m not sure. On one hand it seems a little unimaginative and even slightly conceited. On the other, maybe it’s their flagship establishment and they are very proud of it. It’s a fairly recent opening in an impressive large building just behind Jolly’s department store. The pub is on three levels, with the ground floor being your more traditional pub area, the middle floor being a restaurant and the top floor being an open air terrace. Unsurprisingly this was not open on our visit, on account of it being about -5°C outside.
The downstairs room has an impressive parquet wood floor and a large copper clad bar running along the right hand side, and a cosier area at the back with a couple of bookcases and some comfy leather sofas. The rest of the room is given over largely to bench tables, and there is also a subset of the restaurant menu available here. Wine presumably features strongly with an impressive glass cased display in one corner and there is also some wooden shelving featuring various household ingredients such as Oxo, HP Sauce and even tins of Golden Syrup. Why, I’m not entirely sure.
The centre of the pub is large atrium rising right to the top of the building and topped with a glass roof. A sweeping staircase with trendy LED lighting on each step rises to the restaurant on the next floor. This has a different feel to it from the bar downstairs, with chandelier lighting and an unusual silver plated ceiling. This has an open kitchen running up the right hand side instead of a bar, and there are some large windows on the opposite side. The seating is arranged around the central atrium which makes for a pleasant view looking at the goings on downstairs. There’s exposed brick work at one end, but mostly the walls are pained a delicate pastel blue colour, with a selection of pictures hung around. There is also what appears to be a private dining room at one end.
Menu was extensive and offered a good selection. Prices varied from the reasonable to the slightly more expensive, e.g.; starters from £5 to £15. We stayed at the lower end of that scale and were pleased with our Eggs Benedict and Crab and Smoked Trout Fishcakes. Mains were similarly good, although I felt that perhaps £15 for my fish pie was a little expensive. It was very tasty and contained a good selection of fish - Crayfish, prawns, scallops, monkfish and smoked haddock, but even so, this is a pub and it didn’t even come with any vegetables. Perhaps I’m being picky though, we enjoyed what we had, they have a considerable investment to recoup, and I did of course know the cost before I ordered. I would certainly go back.
Beers were both their own, with just Badger and Picked Partridge being available. It looks as though they usually have Tanglefoot, but this was unavailable on our visit. The solitary cider was Stowford Press.
On 7th December 2010
- rating: 7
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- Beer Garden : Yes - Roof terrace - last updated 11 December 2013 by Blackthorn _
- Car Park : No last updated 11 December 2013 by Blackthorn _
- Hot Food : Yes last updated 11 December 2013 by Blackthorn _
- Pool Table : No last updated 11 December 2013 by Blackthorn _
- Real Ale : Yes last updated 07 December 2010 by David McNally
- Real Cider : No last updated 11 December 2013 by Blackthorn _
Last inspected: June 8th 2015