Sunday, 7 December 2014

Some 'Spoons are so soulless!






I made a rare venture into Blackburn town centre this week, for the pub review. A centre, that in my opinion, is virtually devoid of any quality drinking dens.

However, one establishment that could be termed as a drinking den, is Wetherspoon's, Postal Order. A large, imposing structure, close to the cathedral.

It's a spacious, oblong shaped hostelry internally. Boasting raised areas at either side of the bar lounge. However, the numerous, identical wooden squared and circular shaped tables, plus the hard-backed chairs, gives the place a soulless and uninspiring environment.

And of course, it wouldn't  be a proper 'Spoons, without having to ascend numerous steps, and navigate a labyrinth of corridors, in order to use their immaculately presented conveniences. The Postal Order ticked all the boxes here.

It didn't get off to the best of starts, as I approached the serving counter. There was a quite uncouth, inebriated character, propping up the bar. He was freely using "industrial language". And I was a tad surprised that the staff didn't tell him to refrain, from his unsavoury, foul-mouthed behaviour.

The bar boasted nine cask ales. It looked a fine range - and it was good to see that "local" brewers were being supported. I plumped for the Wharfebank Stout, at just £1.79. Unfortunately, it presented itself as thinly laced. A clear indication that the ale was not as fresh as it should be. It tasted ok, but dissipated too early - and died a death, to be honest.

However, the second slurp was of the highest quality. Naylor's, Brew 1641 was a tasty treat. Citrus aroma, and bursting with malty, tangy orange and grapefruit flavours. A pleasant,light bitter and malty finish, rounded off another brewing masterpiece from the Keighley brewer.

There was a mixed clientele on my visit. Ranging from the quiet, mature type, enjoying a meal. To the more, let's say, "colourful", friendly individuals, taking advantage of the strong ales on offer, at under two quid. And the Westons Old Rosie cider, at a whopping 7%.

It was quite busy for a Tuesday afternoon. And the staff appeared efficient, helpful and courteous in undertaking their duties. I usually find this is the case in 'Spoons, apart from the occasional understaffing problem - where patience is always a virtue.

There always seems to be a more exuberant and more vocal social gathering in this Wetherspoon's . Unlike the more unhurried, relaxed atmosphere you experience at their Accrington , Colne and Burnley ale houses.

Wetherspoon's boast that they provide, the very best in customer experience. However, as far as this establishment is concerned, I cannot concur. In a word, it was humdrum. An uninspiring experience - although no complaints about the price of the ale -  and the service.








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