Monday, 26 January 2009
And you thought you were wasting your time...
Flicking through this guy’s website is an excruciating experience. See, he’s taken on what is ostensibly a pretty cool and enviable task of reviewing every pub in Britain. So you’d be forgiven for thinking he’s a bit of a ‘livewire’, who in his reviews shares some of the hilarious anecdotes that he’s picked up from all over the country. And given the fact that he’s putting a hell of a lot of effort into this, you would think he’s done a lot of reading around the area. You know, maybe read that McCarthy’s Bar book (and I’m sure Bill Bryson has done something similar to this) and realised that he should probably try his hardest to go one better than them and maybe have a quirky twist on the whole idea.
There’s really so much potential in the whole concept that his head must have been swimming with ideas about funny puns he could make with the idiosyncratic names of local ales, or tales of boozed up locals talking nonsense to him, or even explore the darker side of local pubs (badger-baiting, bare-knuckle boxing, cock-fighting, that sort of thing)... Shit, it’s getting me excited even thinking about the possibilities!
However, much like a fat child who can’t make his mind up in a sweet shop he came home empty handed. The reviews are exceptionally dull and so unreliable that one has to question if he even bothered in going to a single pub during the site’s construction. Take this appalling review of The Court pub in Goodge Street for example. A Scream bar as “trendy”?? Who even uses that word anymore?? And “Upon entering you will find the place to be moderately busy”… Really? Don’t you think that might depend on the time or day you fucking go there??
Well done for spending so long creating a completely useless guide to pubs in Britain. What a waste of fucking time.