We decided a few things in the break between postings. First, that we would share the responsibility of writing this blog and, second, that we would start to blog about places we have visited more than once. We have, since we started this blog revisited many of our favourite bars over and over again: The Alma, The White Horse and The Prince of Wales have been the most frequented. Also, and this being the riding force, bars change over time. This was a lesson learned when we went to the terrible Sun in Splendor. A pub that had really gone to the dogs.
So here we are, with Darren writing this entry telling of our second visit to one of our local bars, The Green in Clerkenwell..
The pub looks the same as it did before, however I took the opportunity to take a picture of the upstairs bar, as we were confined there despite much of the downstairs seating being free.
In attendance today were Bridgette and Pete (with a rather subdued baby Max), Andy and Sunday Quest virgin Asami, Francoise and me.
The menu was limited to four mains – beef, pork, fish or veggie suet pudding. Suet, of course, meaning it wasn’t veggie at all. Veggies would be served family style and were mange tout and roasties. Desserts, although we didn’t partake, were fudge brownie, STP, vanilla ice cream and apple crumble served with a odd sounding clove custard.
Dishes ordered: Beef (Bridgette, Francoise, Asami, Andy), Pork (Pete, Darren) and are shown in order below with the veg.
Comments and observations (collective and individual):
- Andy: I was really looking forward to digging into the meat, but by the time we got spoons for the veg it was cold. I was facing the sun the whole time so thought Pete (Who had his back to the window) was just a silhouette for most of the meal.
- Asami: It was okay.
- Pete: It was a bit of a shitty spot. There was a large birthday party going on when there was room downstairs.
- Franc: Beef was fatty and not medium rare. It was disappointing given how good it was last time. The waiter did no check on us. However, the horseradish sauce was great. My main comment would be that the sides were better than the main. And No Cheese Plate on menu?
- Bridge: Less than medium rare, it was bloody and full of fat.
On to the Scores:
Previous Visit Scores:
As you can see there is a marked difference between our scored visits. The upstairs was not a good fit for anyone when there was a birthday party going on attended by 15+ twenty somethings jibberjabbering away the whole time. The round table in the window blinded one half of the table, and was too small for 6 plus a high chair. The service was terrible, and as it was just the birthday party and us we would have expected the blond idiot to notice he never gave us any serving spoons. The menu was very short and the beef was just not good. Still, at £20 a head all in, including drinks, it could have been much worse, Sun in Splendor worse.