pubking's Qype reviews
East Street, Taunton, Somerset TA1 3LP
pubking wrote on 17 July 2008
I’m not a citizen of taunton or a regular visitor. It was infact by chance that I happened to be in taunton in need of some refreshment when I discovered the Perkin Warbeck.
Firstly - what a name! All pubs should have odd names, maybe the government should make a law about it (however, I think it’s fair to say that their is enough Government Legislation in regard to the UK pub trade at the moment).
So walking in expecting a reasonable sized lager only pub, to my surprise this pub just goes deeper and depper, it’s like a Cave of Wonders, and I was Aladdin. They had twelve real ales, a half dozen fruit machines, and at the far end, through the family section a Cider bar to match any I’ve seen with 8 ciders / perries on tap.
The thing with this pub is that it caters for everyone, (as most weatherspoons do, for it is one of them). The perkin has the typical JD weatherspoon menu. The food was very good compared to other pub chains i’ve been to. Alongside the cider and real ales was the lagers the alco pop drinks etc. It’s the kind of place you could bring the family to on a saturday daytime for lunch and come back that evening and stay all night.
The last real good point was the entertainment, live music seemed the order of the day atleast once a week.
Now the bad points. This pub could be five stars so so easily. Sadly it’s missed out. The decor is awful, it’s like a tacky night club with booths thrown in for intimacy, which don’t fit in with the overall theme. With it being so long and thin it’s extremely dark inside, most pubs are quite dim but surely they can buy a few more lightbulbs.
Speaking of quite dim brings me to the bar staff. As per most weatherspoons, the staff excluding the bar managers don’t really have a clue. The ones I met were somewhere between useless to standard. The time it took to get served here was very slow, despite their not being many customers. I’m being overly harsh because this really isn’t a major problem, bar decor and staff this place is excellent. I imagine some people really like the decor. I imagine the same people also like designer sports wear.
A great pub for all, from families to real ale and cider fans via lads on a night out. come here.