Update:: refitted and reopened as Paradise Palms, some time in 2014.
Unsatisfied with the pace of action at Doctors due to the usual delays at the first pub of the night, Russ decided we had to squeeze in an extra pint while the late arrivals finished their drinks. This was despite the fact that various people we hadn’t seen in months showed up to say hello and Merry Christmas etc. It looked like he was going to either break the rules and go it alone or be more of a misery than usual for the rest of the night, so I volunteered to join him. He owes me big time now as I got into trouble for this move from the missus who pointed out how rude it was. Apparently she was “furious” after we left. Quite right too.
Anyway, inside it’s a bit dark and relatively swish, but also starting to look a little tired. It hasn’t really changed for some years, retaining the decor from the previous incarnation, “Assembly”. We used to go to Assembly back in the day, and it was always heaving at the weekend. On this particular occasion it was fairly quiet with lots of empty tables, but we chose to sit at the bar instead and chat to the friendly bar lady.
There are two cask taps, but only one on for this visit, Belhaven IPA. There was an impressive showing from Glasgow’s West brewery with these kegs: Munich Red, Hefeweizen, St Mungo, West 4 and Weihnachtsbier. Also on keg: Guinness, Belhaven Best, Carling and Strongbow.
A pint of West 4 and a Munich Red was £7, so only around £3.50 per pint. We were expecting a lot higher.
We didn’t stick around long enough to even look at the menu. Check out their website below for details.
There’s one of those new fangled internet jukeboxes and tables outside on the pavement.
The front door is not idiot proof. Both of us had trouble trying to get out. The drinks hadn’t even kicked in yet.