PubSpy reviews Change of Horses, Farnborough

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You know that feeling where something seems really good, but there’s one little thing that leaves you feeling uneasy?

This week it happened to me in the Change of Horses.

It’s a real pub, complete with loyal regulars, good food, a beer garden, daffs on the tables and sweet-smelling, sky blue decorated loos.

So, all good so far, but here’s the thing. Something happened in the bar that I haven’t seen for 15 or 20 years. And, I don’t know if the barman meant me to see, or whether he just doesn’t care.

But, just to be crystal clear, before I tell you and let you make up your own mind, in many ways I love this pub.

So, here goes – how do you feel about slop trays?

Having selected a pint of one of my favourite tipples, Doom Bar, I watched as the ‘efficient’, if not effusive, barman walked to a pump at the back. Here he brazenly emptied the slops tray into my glass (at least half a pint) and then topped up the remainder from the tap.

Now, you tell me, is this reasonable behaviour?

There’s no doubt the pint tasted a little flatter than it might have, but I have no reason to believe the slop tray was dirty, so is there any real harm?

As I say, years ago I don’t think this would have raised so many eyebrows, but today, when people expect a fresh glass for every pint surely this is slovenly, albeit money-saving, behaviour? 

On the positive side, it was Pancake Day and the chef was offering a whole host of different flavours, the menu looked good and reasonable.

Instead of a full-on bar meal I opted for a ham roll from the bar, which was quite superb – entirely fresh with a generous slice of proper ham – a pound very well spent.

The sloppy Doom Bar was £3.70 and the serving method meant our publican enjoyed an even healthy than usual profit. I wonder if locals are also served the slops or if the practice is reserved for first-time visitors?

The pub was extremely busy for an early Tuesday evening, but the three women were heavily outnumbered.

There is real pub decor on display everywhere, right down to the horse brasses and charity certificates thanking regulars for their generosity.

Other notices proclaim that it’s home to a local folk club – they meet on a Thursday night, so I’ll leave that with you, but rest assured you won’t be seeing me.

Even bigger that the folk night notice, the menu board or even the barman’s ‘welcoming smile’ (NOT) are the signs barring children from the bar. I noted that the rule did not extend to four-legged creatures as there was a good-sized pack of dogs littered among the bar stools.

To sum up, this has all the makings of a great pub and you could even forgive the miserable git behind the bar – but sloppy seconds, really, are you sure?

Change of Horses, High Street, Farnborough

Decor: *** (a real bar, daffs a nice touch)
Drink: ** (could score so much better)
Food: **** (a great ham roll and the menu looked promising)
Price: *** (pretty good)
Atmosphere:  **** (good buzz for early Tuesday evening)
Staff: * (just one slip......slop)

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9:02am Tue 11 Mar 14

blogger85 says...

I have only been in this place twice (once for a wake and another time with friends) I was disappointed with the whole place and I tell you, if i was served a pint which was made up of slops I would refuse to pay and leave that place. Makes you wonder if they pick up food dropped on the floor in the kitchen....!! I used to know someone who worked at the pub a few years ago, I was told there was no running hot water in the kitchen and all washing up was done in cold water, very hygienic.......NOT.
I have only been in this place twice (once for a wake and another time with friends) I was disappointed with the whole place and I tell you, if i was served a pint which was made up of slops I would refuse to pay and leave that place. Makes you wonder if they pick up food dropped on the floor in the kitchen....!! I used to know someone who worked at the pub a few years ago, I was told there was no running hot water in the kitchen and all washing up was done in cold water, very hygienic.......NOT. blogger85
  • Score: 30

10:31am Tue 11 Mar 14

bnorther says...

If I was presented a pint which had been in the slop tray - I would not pay and leave the pub and never return.
If I was presented a pint which had been in the slop tray - I would not pay and leave the pub and never return. bnorther
  • Score: 31

10:50am Tue 11 Mar 14

sarfflondonbird says...

I think witnessing the slop tray being re-served would be enough to deter anybody drinking there alone, but this pub sounds typically old school......dogs allowed but not children, in the bar area, was there saw dust on the floors by any chance?
I think witnessing the slop tray being re-served would be enough to deter anybody drinking there alone, but this pub sounds typically old school......dogs allowed but not children, in the bar area, was there saw dust on the floors by any chance? sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 35

10:57am Tue 11 Mar 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Pubspy if you really did see that you need to grow a set and open your mouth and say something. I'm pretty sure most pub goers would have told the barman to stick that pint right back you know where.
Pubspy if you really did see that you need to grow a set and open your mouth and say something. I'm pretty sure most pub goers would have told the barman to stick that pint right back you know where. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -29

11:20am Tue 11 Mar 14

Petras says...

Think they need reporting both the Trading Standards and the Sharps the brewer of Doom Bar. This is disgraceful. But what is worse is the way a Pub Spy seems to accept it. No real beer drinker wood but we know he/she is only an amateur. Time to be replaced I think
Think they need reporting both the Trading Standards and the Sharps the brewer of Doom Bar. This is disgraceful. But what is worse is the way a Pub Spy seems to accept it. No real beer drinker wood but we know he/she is only an amateur. Time to be replaced I think Petras
  • Score: 26

11:29am Tue 11 Mar 14

Gypo.Joe says...

-9

ROFL

Oh my sides, just goes to show who's reading the stories.
-9 ROFL Oh my sides, just goes to show who's reading the stories. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -47

11:30am Tue 11 Mar 14

mick_a says...

I used to work in a pub not too far away from this one which the locals claimed sold the best pint of Mild ever. If only they new that all the slops went into the mild barrel and when it started coming out a bit light in colour a couple of pints of Guiness sorted that problem. We also had a whisky drinker who was addament he could tell the difference between his chosen drink (Teachers) and any other. If only he knew that a cheap brand was poured into the Teachers bottle every time it was empty. I hasten to point out this was in the early 70's.
I used to work in a pub not too far away from this one which the locals claimed sold the best pint of Mild ever. If only they new that all the slops went into the mild barrel and when it started coming out a bit light in colour a couple of pints of Guiness sorted that problem. We also had a whisky drinker who was addament he could tell the difference between his chosen drink (Teachers) and any other. If only he knew that a cheap brand was poured into the Teachers bottle every time it was empty. I hasten to point out this was in the early 70's. mick_a
  • Score: 24

12:53pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Bimembris says...

I agree with the majority here. If I saw that I would also wonder about what laziness goes on in th ekitchen etc and would go else where. Maybe it wont be quite so busy tonight!
I agree with the majority here. If I saw that I would also wonder about what laziness goes on in th ekitchen etc and would go else where. Maybe it wont be quite so busy tonight! Bimembris
  • Score: 18

7:14pm Tue 11 Mar 14

paulgubby says...

Having used this pub for many years I am surprised that slops were used, the beer is consistently good (as approved by camra) but surely if you were served slops and you knew it you would say something to the barstaff and refuse it. as for children being barred children are welcome up to 9pm which is fair enough and children are not allowed at the bar by law anyway. For once disappointed in this review.
Having used this pub for many years I am surprised that slops were used, the beer is consistently good (as approved by camra) but surely if you were served slops and you knew it you would say something to the barstaff and refuse it. as for children being barred children are welcome up to 9pm which is fair enough and children are not allowed at the bar by law anyway. For once disappointed in this review. paulgubby
  • Score: 8

11:06pm Tue 11 Mar 14

molsey says...

I always wondered why the bar-person goes almost out of sight to pull the Doombar when the Doombar badge is displayed on a pump in the front bar, now I know.

As for £3.70 a pint, New Inn Hayes £3.50, Black Horse Locksbottom £2.99.
I always wondered why the bar-person goes almost out of sight to pull the Doombar when the Doombar badge is displayed on a pump in the front bar, now I know. As for £3.70 a pint, New Inn Hayes £3.50, Black Horse Locksbottom £2.99. molsey
  • Score: 13

11:07am Wed 12 Mar 14

ความจริง says...

£3.70 FFS and out of a slop tray ?

Taking the pi$$ if you ask me.
£3.70 FFS and out of a slop tray ? Taking the pi$$ if you ask me. ความจริง
  • Score: -22

8:20pm Wed 12 Mar 14

goldenbroomboy says...

I have occasionally used this pub over the past few years so to take my family for a drink in the garden, but charging full price for slops is bang out of order.

I walked out of the then Beech Tree in Bromley more than thirty years ago when the barmaid tried that trick on me, if I was not prepared to pay seventy pence for a sloppy pint I am beggared if I going to pay more than five times as much today. Thanks for the warning Pub Spy.
I have occasionally used this pub over the past few years so to take my family for a drink in the garden, but charging full price for slops is bang out of order. I walked out of the then Beech Tree in Bromley more than thirty years ago when the barmaid tried that trick on me, if I was not prepared to pay seventy pence for a sloppy pint I am beggared if I going to pay more than five times as much today. Thanks for the warning Pub Spy. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 11

8:30am Thu 13 Mar 14

molsey says...

goldenbroomboy wrote:
I have occasionally used this pub over the past few years so to take my family for a drink in the garden, but charging full price for slops is bang out of order.

I walked out of the then Beech Tree in Bromley more than thirty years ago when the barmaid tried that trick on me, if I was not prepared to pay seventy pence for a sloppy pint I am beggared if I going to pay more than five times as much today. Thanks for the warning Pub Spy.
I remember that barmaid, she did a trick on me too, in the car park.
[quote][p][bold]goldenbroomboy[/bold] wrote: I have occasionally used this pub over the past few years so to take my family for a drink in the garden, but charging full price for slops is bang out of order. I walked out of the then Beech Tree in Bromley more than thirty years ago when the barmaid tried that trick on me, if I was not prepared to pay seventy pence for a sloppy pint I am beggared if I going to pay more than five times as much today. Thanks for the warning Pub Spy.[/p][/quote]I remember that barmaid, she did a trick on me too, in the car park. molsey
  • Score: 5

10:45am Thu 13 Mar 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Can someone clarify the rules of the negative vote game for me please.

Is it OK to combine my votes from two post as I have -60 votes ( and counting ) does that make me the winner here ?

THAnk yoU
Can someone clarify the rules of the negative vote game for me please. Is it OK to combine my votes from two post as I have -60 votes ( and counting ) does that make me the winner here ? THAnk yoU Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -25

3:52pm Thu 13 Mar 14

reasonable75 says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Can someone clarify the rules of the negative vote game for me please.

Is it OK to combine my votes from two post as I have -60 votes ( and counting ) does that make me the winner here ?

THAnk yoU
It's your reputation

Anything you post automatically gets a thumbs down - even if you're right
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Can someone clarify the rules of the negative vote game for me please. Is it OK to combine my votes from two post as I have -60 votes ( and counting ) does that make me the winner here ? THAnk yoU[/p][/quote]It's your reputation Anything you post automatically gets a thumbs down - even if you're right reasonable75
  • Score: 28

9:40am Fri 14 Mar 14

highway warrior says...

Gypo Joe - maybe you should have a pen name and see whether the same comment gets negged all the way....
Gypo Joe - maybe you should have a pen name and see whether the same comment gets negged all the way.... highway warrior
  • Score: 9

10:05am Fri 14 Mar 14

Gypo.Joe says...

highway warrior wrote:
Gypo Joe - maybe you should have a pen name and see whether the same comment gets negged all the way....
I just don't 'do' multiple nom de plumes, I am who I am.

I have broad shoulders, the negativity is like water off a ducks back to me.

I am by nature a positive person in all things.

++++++++++++++++++++
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THanKING YOu +
[quote][p][bold]highway warrior[/bold] wrote: Gypo Joe - maybe you should have a pen name and see whether the same comment gets negged all the way....[/p][/quote]I just don't 'do' multiple nom de plumes, I am who I am. I have broad shoulders, the negativity is like water off a ducks back to me. I am by nature a positive person in all things. ++++++++++++++++++++ + THanKING YOu + Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -27

5:24pm Mon 17 Mar 14

franksutton says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
-9 ROFL Oh my sides, just goes to show who's reading the stories.
-47 now
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: -9 ROFL Oh my sides, just goes to show who's reading the stories.[/p][/quote]-47 now franksutton
  • Score: 0

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