Review: The Bull Tavern, Woolwich

Review: The Bull Tavern, Woolwich

Review: The Bull Tavern, Woolwich

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PUBSPY'S VIEW

YOU haven’t even got the through the door and you’re already being warned.

The threatening message makes it clear you shouldn’t even think about using the toilets if you’re not going to buy a drink.

Believe me - If you did visit the toilets first, you wouldn’t even consider staying to buy a drink.

Being as Irish as it is, just about everything inside The Bull Tavern is green and the way it’s decorated, you could be forgiven for thinking a jumble sale had just finished, particularly on the stage.

And, just to confuse any newcomers further still, there are no signs on anything.

Trying to find the toilets which are a strict ‘no-go area’ for non-locals, I found myself in the kitchen. Returning from the kitchen, I decided although £3 for spag bol and garlic bread is incredibly cheap, I wouldn’t be sampling the food.

It’s one huge pub with a number of doors leading off the bar.

I presume the lack of notices is a plan to further confuse non-locals and keep them out of the facilities.

The gents, by the way, are miniscule and scruffy with stacks of broken and missing tiles.

The ladies, I later discovered, sits directly behind the quiz machine (the intelligence of the locals was confirmed by the fact I won £7.90 and I never win on these things).

My attention was first attracted away from the Colour of Money game by an extremely rude woman with short cropped silver hair.

Rather than politely ask me to move so her friend with a walking stick could visit the ladies, she simply gesticulated in an offensive way.

And believe me, her manners just got worse after this.

Her friend, however, was extremely polite and pleasant and thanked me kindly for holding the door open.

Having faced the hag from hell, I started to notice the rest of the clientele.

Most were littered along the bar, one had a Liverpool FC bag casually slung over his shoulder, two older people had moved away from the bar and were surreptitiously holding hands – surely an illicit affair.

But this is a massive pub and your senses are smashed by the greenness and massive flags everywhere, so it’s difficult to concentrate on individuals.

I decided I could handle one more pint of Kronie without having to brave the gents again, so spent another £3.60.

But I downed this fairly quickly as the TV was still showing monotonous snooker and it was six days until the Wednesday quiz evening (which surely I would have won).

By the time I got my second pint, the barstaff had changed shift.

The beardy, very pleasant man had taken up a seat on the customer side of the bar and his new colleague was serving and swearing in equal measure.

I have to admit his sweary vocabulary, even over his pronounced accent, was impressive.

I think I’ll ignore the fact this place is called both O’Flynns and The Bull, choosing to say simply - it’s Irish.

If you want the only jumble sale with mass swearing, a rude, cropped haired harridan and cheap food served from what looks like the toilets, this one’s for you.

The Bull Tavern, Vincent Road, Woolwich

Decor: ** (like a jumble sale)

Drink: ** (the basics are covered)

Price: *** (£3.60 for a pint of Kronenbourg)

Atmosphere: ** (like thousands of Irish pubs in Ireland)

Staff: *** (the beard was great, the other fellow swore a lot)

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3:05pm Fri 25 Jan 13

judithjackson says...

I must say that I am deeply offended by the above article. Not only does the reviewer take an anti-irish stance from almost the beginning of the article he makes a number of startling misconceptions based on no factual evidence whatsoever.
I will try to address his points in some kind of coherent way (unlike the article).
Toilets - the pub is adjacent to Woolwich Arsenal station and some public toilets that seem seldom open, when I have been in the pub there is a steady stream of people coming in to use the toilet with no intention of buying a drink. The landlord has a stringent policy of customer use only which I have to say is far preferable to the other way. As a result customers always have thoroughly clean facilites to use without the detritus left behind by random members of the public. I can agree that the toilets may not be aesthetically pleasing but if your spy had spied a bit more he may have found out about the ongoing building work going on to improve the facilities.
Food - having eaten in the Bull numerous times I can assure your readers that the food is of good quality and generous proportions, with a real bargain special every day.
Clientele - Being a busy towncentre pub there is a variety of types who frequent the establishment from manual workers to civil servants but to insinuate that all locals must be of low intelligence because the pub is painted green or there is snooker on the telly just beggars belief. Regularly in the Bull I find myself in the company of a university lecturer, an accountant, a retired senior planner, a national trade union official, a senior civil servant and a legal advisor (surely not people of low intelligence) as well as prison service workers, construction workers and people who work for the council who are clearly just as intelligent as the pubspy.
For the the pubspy to assume victory in the pub quiz he clearly feels he has the intelligence to match his fertile imagination illustrated in the article.
There are many other comments I could make about this review but I shall limit myself to one more. Newshopper should replace their pubspy with one who is objective and not subjective in their crticism and who does not display inherently "anti-Irish" views that may well lead the paper to be found wanting under Equalities Act 2010.
I must say that I am deeply offended by the above article. Not only does the reviewer take an anti-irish stance from almost the beginning of the article he makes a number of startling misconceptions based on no factual evidence whatsoever. I will try to address his points in some kind of coherent way (unlike the article). Toilets - the pub is adjacent to Woolwich Arsenal station and some public toilets that seem seldom open, when I have been in the pub there is a steady stream of people coming in to use the toilet with no intention of buying a drink. The landlord has a stringent policy of customer use only which I have to say is far preferable to the other way. As a result customers always have thoroughly clean facilites to use without the detritus left behind by random members of the public. I can agree that the toilets may not be aesthetically pleasing but if your spy had spied a bit more he may have found out about the ongoing building work going on to improve the facilities. Food - having eaten in the Bull numerous times I can assure your readers that the food is of good quality and generous proportions, with a real bargain special every day. Clientele - Being a busy towncentre pub there is a variety of types who frequent the establishment from manual workers to civil servants but to insinuate that all locals must be of low intelligence because the pub is painted green or there is snooker on the telly just beggars belief. Regularly in the Bull I find myself in the company of a university lecturer, an accountant, a retired senior planner, a national trade union official, a senior civil servant and a legal advisor (surely not people of low intelligence) as well as prison service workers, construction workers and people who work for the council who are clearly just as intelligent as the pubspy. For the the pubspy to assume victory in the pub quiz he clearly feels he has the intelligence to match his fertile imagination illustrated in the article. There are many other comments I could make about this review but I shall limit myself to one more. Newshopper should replace their pubspy with one who is objective and not subjective in their crticism and who does not display inherently "anti-Irish" views that may well lead the paper to be found wanting under Equalities Act 2010. judithjackson
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