There is no place better on Earth than a good pub. What makes for a good pub? A pub should feel like a pub, welcoming and warm, with the open fire crackling in winter and a beer garden for those warmer days. There should be a good range of beers on tap and a small wine list. But under no circumstances should there ever be cocktails or Dj’s for that matter. And there should be proper pub food at realistic prices. I’m talking bangers and mash, house-made pies, steak, snitty and good old fish ‘n’ chips.
Did I find that at The Union Pub? No, I’m actually ashamed to put it in the same category as a pub. Granted it did have a crackling fire, that was the closest it came. The decor looks cheap and tacky, the floor in the dining room is peeling off and the whole place felt very unwelcoming.
On to the food, I order a Kung Pao chicken with steamed rice. I know what the hell was I thinking, this isn’t an Asian Restaurant but nothing else on the Menu sounded appealing. When it came out I was actually excited, it looked pretty good. Looks can be deceiving, the rice was mush, I actually had no idea you could fuck rice up so bad. The only flavour the Kung Pao Chicken had was soy sauce and way too much of it.
I also order a Veal Snitchzel, which was very heavy on the crumbing that soaked up all of the oil leaving a gross coating in your mouth, the “mushroom sauce” tasted like cream with a few mushrooms thrown in, the mashed potato was a nice consistency but heavily salted. The only good thing was that the green beans still had a nice crunch to them.
Would I return to The Union Pub? Hell to the nah, not even for the happy hour.