I had high hopes of this place. A friendly crowd of people sat outside waved as I took a photo from the other side of Derby Road. It’s in the GBG so it must be good, mustn’t it?
Reality was, I wished I’d carried on walking and gone to Overdraught, like RM told me to. It’s not in the GBG, yet, but RM says it’s a nailed on cert. It’s only a few hundred yards further out as well, as I found out when we drove towards the motorway the next day.
My perceptions didn’t help when I couldn’t get served. A weird set of pseudo academic types had physically corralled off the, already hard to get to, bar in the corner of the room.
The lady who was meant to be serving on seemed more intent on talking to them than serving me. It didn’t help that she decided to serve them another drink before she even acknowledged me, and then took an age because one of the beer engines sucked back half of what it dispensed on each pull.
Never mind, the Art Deco chairs more than compensated. Far too nice to be in a bar and much better to look at than to be sat in. I say bar, it’s not a pub, more a micro pub, with micro pub hours; closed Monday, truncated hours the rest of the week. All a bit strange for what are essentially city centre premises.
When I did get served I discovered it was £2.50 a pint all day Sunday, which apparently is cheaper than the normal CAMRA 20p off a pint discount. The beers were mainly from Scribblers Ales. In fact I formed the impression that Room with a Brew was the Scribblers Ales brewery tap, but no one was letting on until I had a look at their website.
Initially we sat inside, and it’s quite nicely done out, but the people at the bar were still annoying me. I don’t care what you’ve done, where you’ve been, what you’re gunner do. And believe me there was a lot of gunner do this, gunner do that . Maybe they imagined they were ex Royal Artillery? Whatever, I don’t want to listen to affected wankers when I’m out for a nice quiet drink with my wife, or indeed at any time else thinking about it, so we went outside to the recently vacated tables on the street.
I got three beers to try: One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Masher in the Rye and Beyond all Reasonable Stout. You might not be picking up on it, but all the Scribblers stuff, and the pub are literary themed.
We had to drink some out of each glass before we could balance them on the sloping table and that was as far as we got. What you see in the leaning half pints of Scribblers on the slopey spill of Derby Rd picture, is what we left behind us.
There wasn’t any thing particularly wrong with the condition of the beer, it wasn’t all sour and vinegary, not oxidised or anything like that. It was just totally uninspiring. More like home-brew than GBG beer. No wonder they were trying to sell it off cheap.