Okellís pub that has been modernized, although there are a few areas that remind you of it being a more traditional boozer. Had two pumps for Okell beer, not liking their brew I opted for the dark guest ale, which was fine. Very quiet when I was in and the place does seem a bit sterile when all is said and done. No complaints about the ale, but this is not a pub I would venture into on a regular basis.
This place was absolutely rammed. Unfortunately, for us, the beer choice was not up to much. It wasnít as good as the times when we visited previously. We sat at a reserved table and the staff were happy to let us stay for 5-10 minutes until the guests arrived as we said we would move straight away when they turned up.
This large shop unit conversion very much has the feel of a period cafe-bar in style, although itís much more of the latter in reality. Thereís some neat period styling to the place that gives the impression this is an older traditional establishment, with an exterior that suggest this as well as the long straight marble bar against the right-hand wall. It is however just a modern styling and a lot of the rest of the pub is a little more ordinary when you take a closer look. It is however a worthwhile place to visit, not least for decent selection of rotating ales you can get alongside the staple Okellís ales that sit proudly in the middle of the service area given they own the pub. Thereís some keg options and a fair amount of bottle options too if you prefer. Thereís a few chairs and tables facing the road out front too if the weather allows - but if it does these will probably fill up very quickly.
Appears to have been renovated to replicate a rather sterile gastropub of sorts. Canít say I felt comfortable drinking a pint here. A few guests but all were London breweries...and the prices reflected that. I didnít pay too much attention to the food menu but looked like there was some good options.
The renovation is pretty horrible. Itís as if Okellís tried to make it as soulless an experience as possible. (If so, theyíve done a good job). While the beer selection wasnít great (many of the handpumps were not in use), the Okells beers are always pretty fantastic. Basically if not for the beers you wouldnít see me for dust. However, the beer is incredible, and certainly worth the naff atmosphere.
Just an average bar for me. The choice was ok, but nothing really interesting. Had Thornbridge Jaipur on tap. The place does not feel cosy. Was crowded and full of people. Felt a bit like sitting in a big restaurant.