Saturday, 6 February 2016

Gladstone Arms

Now independently owned, the Glad is no longer a staid, empty corner pub. While the Victorian prime minister from whom the place takes its name still glares from a massive mural on the outer wall, the interior is now funky, freaky and candlelit.
Gigs take place at one end of a cosy one-room space; opposite, a bar dispenses pints of Red Stripe, Beck’s Vier, St Austell Tribute and Doom Bar, while pies provide sustenance, and a crammed back bar embellished by a retro ‘On Air’ studio sign manages to find space for bottles of Moretti, Sol, Corona, Peroni and Budvar.
The retro feel is completed by the kind of clock you still might see on the platform of a provincial railway station in Slovakia. Lovers of board games should choose a Monday or Tuesday for that slow, strategic game of Risk or head upstairs to the quieter salon-style room, which also has more upmarket food.


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