I was listening to Classic FM yesterday when a Sainsburys commercial for
their Rugby World Cup drinks offers came on. A part of the commentary
said, 'Kick the pub into touch and come down to Sainsburys ...'
So much for our efforts to save the British pub.
the Sainsbo's ad didn't bother me (I assumed it was trying to people
who don't really like pubs?) but I did for some reason expect better
from The Observer's restaurant critic, Jay Rayner when reviewing a
London gastropub yesterday -
"The Rosendale represents lots of things, both good and bad, about the
current drift of the gastropub movement On the downside, the
rennovation of an old boozer like this genuinely does alienate a
previous clientele - people like my friend Mike - who saw the old
version as the hub of a certain type of community. I mention this out
of journalistic duty, not because I actually care. Never did do the
old boozer thing. A sticky pint of bitter, the brain-crushing glow of
a 50in telly and the company of 120 other men? I'd rather stay in and
give myself a Brazilian."
I would hate that sort of pub too & wouldn't go nearer it, but it's
spurious to imply that that might be all that a simple or old-
fashioned pub can be, as anyone herein can happily testify.
Still, I did see the sense in having a go at the half-arsed pseudo-
gastro-pubs with a "Brake Bros" menu "which says 'Some dishes may
contain nuts' because the owners have bought everything in ready-made
and haven't a clue how it was prepared."
I was in a local pub (pretty feted food for its food) a while back,
they had had the good sense to go non-smoking a year or 2 before the
ban. As we were outside starting into the OK-tasting "Gently braised
Lamb with Redcurrant Jus" or something (I'm not anti-Semitic by the
way) the frozen food truck arrived & spoilt the image somewhat. (now
it could be argued that had we not spotted the freezer-van, we might
have been none the wiser, but I wasn't happy with the feel of the
place, beer range or indeed the food anyway).