THE HORSE AND GROOM



ALPINE RATING: 8 OUT OF 10



128 GREAT PORTLAND STREET, LONDON, W1W 6PX.
GREAT PORTLAND STREET TUBE.






THERES A CLASSIC SCENE FROM THE FILM 'NIGHT OF THE GENERALS' WHERE PETER O'TOOLE IS SO OVERWHELMED BY A VAN GOUGH PAINTING HE STARTS TO SHAKE AND TWITCH.  
SEE FOR YOURSELF

THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO ME STANDING OUTSIDE THIS SIMPLY WONDERFUL BOOZER. 
I WAS OVER RUN WITH EMOTION. IT'S MUSTARD YELLOW AND ORANGE TILES. 
ITS FINE DARK TINTED WINDOWS. ITS PAINTED UPPER WINDOWS OF A JOCKEY AND A HORSE. THIS IS A TRADITIONAL BOOZER. ONE LIKE THE REST, IT WILL SOON BE EXTINCT.
BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. THIS PLACE TO ME AT LEAST, IS A WORK OF ART.





SURE, THE COLOUR SCHEME MAY BE RATHER STRANGE, BUT THE BEER INSIDE CERTAINLY ISN'T BY ANY MEANS! DON'T BE FOOLED ALSO BY THE SMALL FRONT. IT'S RATHER LARGE AND SPACIOUS INSIDE. THE PUB ITSELF IS SPLIT INTO 2 PARTS. THE BAR AREA AT THE FRONT AND A COMFY BACK ROOM WITH A JAW DROPPINGLY GOOD DARTS AREA!
IT HAS UNCLE SAM POSTERS ARRANGED ON THE WALLS IN A VERY ROCK N ROLL MANNER. THE NAME OF THIS UNCLE SAMS MAY BE RATHER DRAB, BUT THE INSIDE TELLS A DIFFERENT STORY. ITS YARDS AWAY FROM THE COCK AND THE YORKSHIRE GREY, SO IT HAS STIFF COMPETITION FROM ITS BREWERY BROTHERS. BUT I WON'T LIE, THIS BEATS THEM BOTH HANDS DOWN. THIS PLACE IS THE BEST KEPT SECRET ON GREAT PORTLAND STREET!




IT HAS THE DIM LIGHTING US UNCLE SAM FANS LOVE (SO WE CAN HIDE OUR UGLY FACES NATURALLY) AND THE OLD SCHOOL 1960s WALLPAPER, BUT WHAT TRULY MAKES THIS GAFF IS THE PEOPLE!!
I WAS SURPRISED WALKING IN HERE TO SEE THE MIX OF FOLKS. ALL WALKS OF LIFE. STUDENTS READING BOOKS AND ENJOYING A TADDY.. FAMILY'S WITH CHILDREN PLAYING HANDHELD VIDEO GAMES AND MUNCHING CRISPS, COCKNEY WIDE BOYS PLAYING DARTS "ONE HHAANDRED N AYETY GEEZAH" AND STRANGE INTELLECTUAL SPODS IN DISCUSSION ABOUT  THINGS MY PRIMITIVE LITTLE HEAD COULD NEVER UNDERSTAND..
AND THEY WERE ALL INTERACTING WITH EACH OTHER AS I OVERHEARD ONE OF THE THE COCKNEY WIDE BOYS ENQUIRING ABOUT A BOOK TO A STUDENT ABOUT NIETZCHE "WHATS THAT YOU READING SON? 'IM? THAT NAZI BLOKE OR SOMEFING"
THESE GUYS WERE HAVING FUN. THAT'S WHAT SHOULD BE HAPPENING IN A PUB.





I VISITED THIS PUB ON TWO SEPARATE OCCASIONS. THE FIRST TIME WAS TO PHOTOGRAPH THE OUTSIDE. I WAS WITH MY SON AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE PHOTO BELOW YOU CAN SEE OUR REFLECTION IN THE GLASS.



THE SECOND TIME WAS FOR BEER!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE ONLY CRITICISM I DO HAVE FOR THE PLACE WAS THE SERVICE. IT COULD BEEN HAVE A LITTLE FRIENDLIER, BUT IT WAS STILL POLITE. EVEN IF I DIDN'T GET A SMILE. THE TADDY WAS ON TOP FORM (ISN'T IT ALWAYS) AND THE PLACE WAS JUMPING.



THE MIRRORS AROUND THE PLACE ARE QUITE IMPRESSIVE. IF YOUR A VAIN BUGGER THEN YOU COULD ORDER A TADDY AND ADMIRE YOUR UGLY ARSE SELF IN THE LOOKING GLASS. BASK IN YOUR OWN DARK, TWISTED REFLECTION.


OUR FAT GERMAN FRIEND CASTRATED BY THE BREWERY, THE ALPINE MAN WAS ON SHOW. I STILL LOVE TO SEE HIS BLUE LIGHT AND HAPPY BEER STEIN RAISING FACE. EVEN IF HIS TANK IS FILLED WITH SHANDY. *SIGH*


GREAT PUB AND A FANTASTIC DARTBOARD. REALLY NICE FOLK FREQUENTING THIS JOINT TOO. I WAS IN A BAD MOOD STEPPING INTO THIS PLACE AS I HAD INJURED MY ARM (I CAN'T REMEMBER IF IT WAS THE STUMP OR THE CLAW) AND I WAS HAPPY LEAVING. THAT TELLS YOU SOMETHING. WELL.... IT TELLS YOU TWO THINGS REALLY. I HAD A SOME SORT OF W***ING ACCIDENT AND THE PUB IS FANTASTIC.
CHECK IT OUT IF YOUR IN THAT NECK OF THE WOODS. WATCH OUT FOR THE COCKNEY WIDE BOYS. 
"GIMMIE A TADDY PLEEASE MAYTE"



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