Last night is the first time I’ve visited this place since it’s refurbishment four months ago.
It’s still a classic boozer, yet it now has a modern twist with an eclectic mix of classic pub and contemporary furnishings. The stylish interior – in rich shades of green and brown – is kitted out in a combination of low-level sofas, upholstered armchairs and wooden stools, which create a soothing lounge feel, enhanced by soft spotlights and candles.
White leather banquettes – tastefully lit by shimmering glass chandeliers – and multi-coloured rugs are the ultimate in retro kitsch, topped off by the highly-coveted Space Invaders machine which must surely take pride of place alongside the pub’s stuffed Eagle.
The biggest difference I noticed about the pub however was its revamped terrace area at the rear – complete with magnificent cast iron railings and giant Victorian lanterns. Enclosed by original brickwork walls, the large garden boasts flowerbeds and a mixture of mature trees, while strings of fairy lights, coloured lamps and candles lend real atmosphere.
Finally, the food is worth noting. The open-plan kitchen serves a variety of great dishes. I ordered the light Red Mullet with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Pesto and Parmesan on Roast Vegetables, washed down with a pint of Erdinger – simply fantastic!