Took the in-laws to the Grove/BRB/whatever last night to take advantage of their 2‑for‑1 pizza offer. The place was empty, as all the students have gone home for the summer. Asked the barman if they would be showing the Arsenal game later; he said no, the pub is under new management and won’t be showing any football any more. Disapointment number one.
Sat in the smaller of the two bars, ordered our pizzas. I ordered Fiorentina, as I like a bit of spinach. When it came, a bit of spinach was just what I got. One leaf. No joke. Disappointment number two.
Took a bite of the pizza, realised straight away something had changed. The base, once light and crispy, was now biscuity and sweet. Tasted like pre-prepared. Unenjoyable. Disappointment number three.
My father-in-law went to the bar, waited for a while to attract the bartender’s attention, then was told that this side of the bar wasn’t open and he would have to go round to the other side to be served; this despite the fact that the smaller bar area was as busy as the larger, and we’d already been served from this side three times. Disappointment number four.
No football, bad pizza, ignorant/lazy barstaff. I can’t think of a single good reason to go back there now. Sounds like the rumours are true.
Which local pub can I watch Premiership Plus games in?