13-19 Guildhall Walk
023 9286 3341
Actual Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 10:00 ’til 00:00; Fri Sat 10:00 ’til 02:00; Sun 12:00 ’til 23:00
This large, modern pub is one of many drinking establishments standing upon Guildhall Walk. Furnished with a mixture of traditional tables and chairs and bench seating, there is also a row of high tables lining the area directly opposite the very long, marble-topped, bar counter. Parquet flooring extends throughout the pub, with a small carpeted area at the front of house and tiling around the servery. A large, high-quality projector screen, located on the right-hand wall, is used to show Sky Sports. There are also numerous television screens positioned around the room. An area to the rear is used as a dancefloor by night, when the house becomes busy with young club-goers. A beer garden can be found at the back of the building and there is an ATM on site for those short of cash (withdrawal charges apply).
The bar stocks up to three cask ales sourced from national, regional and micro-breweries. A good selection of keg products is sold, along with a range of wines, spirits and bottled cocktails.
Pub Operator: Stonegate Pub Company
Reviewed 26th February 2015 (updated 15th May 2017)
Photographed 19th September 2004.
Actual Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12:00 ’til 00:00; Sun 12:00 ’til 23:00
This grand old Victorian pub has been much abused by a series of owners over the last couple of decades. It sadly lost its proper identity in 1995 after having survived 98 years as the Yorkshire Grey. The pub once sported an abundance of ornate bar fittings but these have sadly long been removed as the pub has undergone at least five name changes and conversions, including a five-year spell as part of the pseudo-Irish pub chain O’Neill’s.
By 2000 the pub was rebranded as the Walk Inn and before long had metamorphosed into the V Bar. In 2012 it was rebranded yet again, becoming the Skye Bar – a late night vodka bar that no longer qualified it as a true public house. Its final, dubious name change came in around 2015, when the bar was renamed Rednex – another cocktail venue aimed at the young crowd. Salvation came in the summer of 2017, when Cheshire-based pub company Admiral Taverns bought the premises and resurrected the pub’s much-missed original name, restoring the premises as a traditional public house.
The large, one-roomed pub is carpeted throughout, though has whitewashed walls and ceiling, which sadly lends a rather ‘cold’ feel to the ambience. Much of the original woodwork has unfortunately been lost, including the interior porch at the corner entrance – however, the original bar counter survives largely intact, albeit without its original pot shelf and bar-back (gantry). The pub’s fireplace remains intact, as well as the impressive tiled murals that appear on the walls at both the front and rear of the pub.
Furnishings consist of a mix of traditional tables and chairs as well as high tables and bar stools, with a sofa placed at the far end of the room. Facilities include a pool table, gaming machines and a jukebox.
At the bar customers can find a bank of four handpumps dispensing a changing range of cask beers, with Sharp’s Doom Bar being the one permanant ale. At the time this review was carried out, other beers included Titanic Plum Porter, Brains Atomic Blonde and Black Sheep Holy Grail. Keg beers and ciders are strictly limited to big brand names and there is an average choice of spirits on offer. No food is served.
Pub Operator: Admiral Taverns
Reviewed 27th August 2017
Colour photographs (below): 19th September 2004; 11th May 1989; unknown date (courtesy of the Inn Sign Society/Ray Scarfe).