After the Guildford Arms more or less next door, The Voodoo Rooms is another visually arresting pub. At first it seems quite small, but then you realise that there are various rooms off to the side of the bar/restaurant area. The bar itself is a modern take on what was originally part of the Cafe Royal downstairs, but with the ceiling now painted black, white and gold. The other rooms have mostly retained their original wood panelling.
There’s one larger room that I’ve never been in that hosts live bands, DJ sets, comedy during the festival, corporate events and more.
I really like this place, but I’d like it a lot more if they had some nice beers on tap. There’s just Guinness, Fosters, Kronenbourg 1664 and John Smiths. Pretty dull, you must admit.
There’s a long list of cocktails from £6.50 to £9.
Our round was £15 for 3 pints, 1 shandy and 2 soft drinks. That seems pretty cheap considering the location. Even if the soft drinks were free, which they obviously aren’t, it’d only be £3.75 per pint. I think my notes must be wrong.
The food was good, and the waiting staff were friendly and accommodating. Westy specifically asked for his burger NOT on a bread board, and they happily complied (though I think he did himself a disservice, it looked like there was less room for chips). Mains from £9 to £12.
There’s regular live music and you can hire out any of the function rooms.
The music was appropriately fun and funky with the likes of Quantic Soul Orchestra, Kings of Leon and others I can’t remember.