Advantages Good portions and reasonable prices. Dogs welcome. Friendly enough service.
Disadvantages Slightly grubby inside. Toilets run down and rather cold. Massive menu.
This year my partner celebrated a milestone birthday and I promised him there would be lots of celebrations and treats to lift him out of his depression in now being officially middle-aged. Unfortunately his birthday fell on Good Friday this year, and that put paid to my plans to take him away for the weekend. The cost of holiday rentals during Easter week are sky high, so we reached a compromise of a meal out on his actual birthday followed by a weekend away after the Easter silly price season ended. We ended up renting a cottage in the tiny village of Winfrith Newburgh* in the heart of Dorset…the selling point being there were three pubs within easy cycling distance of our holiday abode, and they all welcomed dogs. The Red Lion was the nearest, so on our first night in Cobweb Cottage (there weren’t!), we took a ten minute stroll up the lane to check out their facilities.
The building itself is quite large, but very, very dark inside. I did wonder if the lights were turned down so low in order to hide the fact that the décor was rather shabby and none too clean in places. It wasn’t quite a spit and sawdust kind of pub, but much of the décor was rather dated and grubby and generally in need of deep clean. The ceiling in the area where we ate had obviously not been painted in years as it still bore the evidence of years of nicotine stains from before the smoking ban in pubs. In sunny weather, the pub has a lovely lawn to the rear and a play area with slide for the children.
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