Friday, 29 May 2009

The Crockerton

Greyfriars Road, Cardiff [map]

The Crockerton. It's not going down in the annals as a classic pub name, is it? Still, fair play to the place for sticking rigidly to the principle of What You See Is What You Get. 

The outside suggests a garish disco-box, in which 37 different types of luminous alcopop that are more E number than degrees proof are available.

And what do you know? This Lloyds No.1-branded fast booze joint delivers precisely that, albeit with a slightly narrower range of alcopops than we initially anticipated. 

It is, after all, a Wetherspoon with music. Welcome - if that's the word - to chain pub hell.

To be fair, it's not quite as bad as all that. For starters, there's plenty of seating, even if the tables are tightly crammed in right next to each other. It's like a battery farm of booze.

The view from our table. It's always worth sitting as close to the bar as physically possible - saves on unnecessary walking back and forth.

We were almost tempted to not even bother getting up and just bellowing our order at the barman instead. Whether Lloyds encourages this form of impromptu table service remains to be seen.

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