- THAT pub in york!
Kings arms, and yes I believe it floods regularly. Bloody loved it. Tadcaster ales. Paid 8.10 for a shit pint and a half not 3 mins away. It can be done and the big boys should take note. That’s why there wasn’t a spare seat outside. Great effort and a huge credit to York!Posted 1 month agopocpocSubscriber
Sam Smiths pubs are great value, just a shame that the owener of the brewery is a complete cockwomble. Humphrey Smith. Treatment of his staff is awful, he does everything he can to be a pain in the arse. A couple of years ago when the road bridge was partially swept away in Tadcaster, splitting the town in two, he refused to allow them to put a temporary footbridge in place next to it so people could walk in to the town because one end of it would have been on land he owns for a few meters. So intead they had to put it further upstream and making the trip for the elderley and disabled much more difficult.Posted 1 month agoconvertSubscriber
Once you know something about a company owner it is impossible to unknow it and think of the company any differently. Too much out there about the way he/they treat their staff to enjoy their ale even if it tasted nice. The fact that it doesn’t makes it possibly even less appealing than a Weatherspoons establishment.
I like my livingroom. Everyone who is in it I like and the beer is cheap and pretty much infinitely variable. To get me out of it requires me to feel good about where I’m drinking. Could not do that in a SS pub.Posted 1 month ago
if sam smith’s were the only ale available in the world, I would become a lager drinker.
it is CRAP
I wouldn’t say it is crap. Yes it does have a certain taste but it is perfectly drinkable and, from what I remember, it is brewed only using malt, hops, yeast and water with no additives – a proper old school traditional bitter.Posted 1 month ago
sam smiths reminds me of beer that we drank in the early 8o’s.
john smiths, boddingtons, websters and Tetleys.
we called it and still call it Carpet beer. the landlord has spilled it on the carpet, then scooped it back into your glass before handing it to you.
pales, blondes, ipa’s and the offerings nowadays are worlds apart and miles better than the stuff of days gone by.Posted 1 month agoIHNMember
john smiths, boddingtons, websters and Tetleys.
Can’t really speak for John Smiths or Websters, but a proper pint of cask Boddies or Tetleys was an excellent, excellent thing. Unfortunately they all went the way of keg/smoothflow awfulness.
Obviously, many pubs used to, and still do, serve terrible beer, regardless of the brand/brewery
pales, blondes, ipa’s and the offerings nowadays
… are often really effing samey. So often now I go in a pub, they have four handpumps, and they’re all serving different types of golden/pale ales.Posted 1 month agosamperry25Member
Having worked in the brewery I can tell you theres a reason the beer doesn’t taste right. The place is **** bogging.
We’ve got a Sam Smith’s in Newport and it’s a decent place to go for a pint but unfortunately the beers not the best. Pint of ‘man in the box’ anyone?Posted 1 month agobear-ukMember
I’ve heard a rumour that the board can overthrow the owner when he reaches 75 this year. It should have happened 5 years ago but he changed his job title to keep control. His latest rant is mobile phones so they are banned now. Hopefully the new board will bring some life back to the pubs if the overthrow happens.Posted 1 month ago
@timbob78 no as tbere was a few ordered whilst I was at the bar, along with the stout. Obviously the beer snobs (of which there are many on here), just like the coffee snobs in similar circumstances will always sneer at a lager drinker like myself. Fwiw I think “ale” tastes like shite!Posted 1 month agoesselgruntfuttockMember
His latest rant is mobile phones so they are banned now. Hopefully the new board will bring some life back to the pubs if the overthrow happens.
I hope your’e not inferring that allowing mobiles in pubs adds life to it! Jesus, it does the opposite. Heads down & faffing around with apps.Posted 1 month ago
We were in The Blacksmiths Arms in Farlington near York a few weeks ago for Sunday lunch. Beer was ‘ok’ & cheap, the food was excellent but that’s nowt to do with Smiths, & the place was packed with locals & non locals alike. No-one on a phone & plenty of good banter.
Humphrey Smith is indeed a Nob though. A very wealthy Nob. He owns most of Tadcaster I believe.bear-ukMember
That phone ban was possibly my fault. I got an invite to watch Tadcaster albion play at home. Our group went into a Sam’s pub nearby and we sat near some distinguished gentleman having a chat. I started watching the Leeds game on my phone for 1/2 hour or so. I apologised for disturbing their peace when we left. 1 week later the phone ban was introduced.Posted 1 month agoeddiebabyMember
I was keen until i read it was a Sam Smith’s pub. I’m usually a lager drinker but as a mate was managing one in the City for a couple of weeks I popped up to visit.
I really struggled to find something drinkable.
Say what you like about Wetherspoons – and oh God you will – you can usually find some alcohol that won’t offend you.
So two chains that are cheap and have dubious owners.
Hmmm… have they ever been seen in the same room together.
* Public Notice: I actually like my local Spoons.Posted 1 month agoMarinMember
teethgrinderPosted 1 month ago
My humble brag would be I took Cyndi Lauper to the Spread Eagle for a pint in the afternoon. I was working as local crew at the venue she was playing at when she said she wanted to try English beer. I volunteered. The lovely lady in question was a pleasant end to my day.
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