I have been to this pub several times in the last few years, mainly with works parties, which have always been good, pleasant staff and a great atmosphere..... however this all changed last night by the severely rude barman that was running it last night.
Two from our party were drinking soda water (one was driving and one was a little unwell) but that didn't stop the barman for making rude remarks about it. I'm not sure what we had done to warrant such a reaction from him but every-time he walked past us he told us to shut up, stop swearing (?!) and to buy a proper drink, which mystified us as the rest of our party WERE drinking 'proper' drinks! Sorry, but I do not expect to be abused for the choice of drink I buy.
We were constantly stared down aggressively by the barman's friends when ever we came to the bar or left to go to the toilet.
Eventually we had enough and decide to leave... and we were met by 'good, you are finally going, take you soda water with you' and more unintelligible verbal abuse by the barman and his 'friends'.
This is totally unacceptable especially as we had gone there for a quiet drink and a meeting. My friends and myself will certainly not be back and I will not book our Christmas parties with them in future.
I will also be contacting the brewery about it.
No laughing, talking, "swearing" or drinking. Even if you find yourself dying of thirst, avoid at all costs!