I meant to review this pub last May. But a camera mishap (I deleted all the photos) delayed the review. I had to find the time to go back and take new photos. Oh the hardship!
A few Saturdays we were in the area. It was hot out and I wanted a drink. And knowing I needed to get photos of The Sun in Splendour I suggested we pop in for a drink. This pub is located on Portobello Road. Did I mention it was a Saturday afternoon when the Portobello Market is in full swing? The pub was packed. However, this sign outside convinced me to try.
The Better Half found us a small table. I headed to the bar to place our orders. I can’t remember the beer TBH wanted, but the bartender poured the wrong one. I wasn’t aware of the situation until I placed the beer on the table and heard, “What beer is this?” I think the bartender overheard the question and realized he poured the wrong beer. The situation was corrected. Since it was so hot out, I guzzled my Pimm’s and lemonade. When I ordered my second Pimm’s and lemonade, which was a special on their summer cocktail board, the female bartender had no clue what I was talking about. I pointed to the board and she smiled and made my drink.
We tried tracking down the waiter to order some nachos. The poor man was in training and was completely overwhelmed. Again I went to the bar to order the nachos. They arrived promptly. They weren’t bad, but not great. The hustle and bustle of the place started to rattle my nerves. Some tourists were yelling at the food servers since their food was taking too long or they needed cutlery. I couldn’t take it anymore so we left.
It is a shame I had to go back to review this pub, otherwise I would have given it 4 stars out of 5. Now I give it 2.5 stars and don’t recommend going on a Saturday. Especially on a warm Saturday.