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"Little to offer."

A review of Torre Social & Welfare Club by Roberts39 written on Friday 23rd of August 2013


I think when reviewing a pub its important not to judge on a single visit. With that in mind I generally make a point of using a pub at different times, different days to get the 'whole' picture. I used the 'torre' perhaps 20 times, randomly calling in on my way home from work, different times of the day, different days.

The 'best' thing I can say about the 'torre' would be the people who actually use the place,friendly , down to earth people. Unfortuneately thats where it ends. I hate to see food uncovered, its unacceptable and dangerously unhygenic, ironically its easily and cheaply resolved,but repeatedly I have witnessed the food uncovered, flies obviously will land on this food, have also witnessed people coughing and sneezing near to the food. The prices for the drink are also unacceptably inconsistent, draught lager and bitter is not unreasonable, but its bordering on it. Draught cider is ludicrously overpriced, as are 'top shelf' drinks.

Service is something that whoever owns the establishment really needs to jump on. I expect staff to behave in a professional manner, I DONT want to see staff sat around drinking and ignoring waiting , paying customers. This isnt applicable to all the staff. Several are helpful and professionally courteous, and that costs nothing. The mens toilets are also unacceptable. My partner informs me the womens toilets are quite acceptable. I dont smoke, but there isnt a designated area for those that do. Crowds gather outside the main entrance to the establishment to have a smoke, I find this unacceptable too. New customers would find groups of people gathered at the entrance intimidating and it suggests a lack of organization. Car parking is quite good and plenty of room to park up at most times of the day.

I also experienced some inconsistencies in obtaining draught beer. Requesting both caffreys and a draught lager, I was told none was available, but assured they would be available, subsequent visits and have yet to see either on draught, the simple solution is to put a beer towel over the pump, rather than advertising it as available.

I found little in the way of entertainment, on several occasions listening to the same music so much that I found myself predicting the next track.

I did enjoy a friday evening in there. A chap doing a karaoke, playing a guitar and generally making a genuine

effort to entertain, it was a refreshing change and I enjoyed. Unfortuneately subsequent friday visits revealed the DJ's limitations. I found after 3 visits it became 'more of the same'.

This review probably appears all doom and gloom,but I am only offering my opinion. I am currently working away and its been over a month since I have been in, and wont be back until after christmas. I will however be going in again, I hope the proprietor has sorted these very minor issues out, and if so, I am quite certain I will be offering a revised review..

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