The Walton Arms - NOT a Tasteem Review

in Foodies Bee Hive2 months ago

It was the 24th February 2020 when this visit was made with @steddyman who thinks Steemit sucks.

While I will never change his mind that HIVE is any different, we have always both had a passion for good food and yes, Steemit does suck.

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This is also the last ever 'NOT a Tasteem Review', I am sure you are relieved to hear this. I have not documented a single restaurant since.

The fact is that The Walton Arms used to be a fantastic lunch-time pub. I used to frequent the place back in the late '80s and was always rewarded with great food.

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The last time myself and @bingbabe tried was around 2005 and things had changed. The food has become decidedly average, and I would guess that old owners had moved on, or their chef had (died / left / retired / been sacked) - choose any or all as applicable).

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15 years later it was time to give it another go. Knowing I would not see my old friend for a long time as Lockdown ONE was looming we decided to try this old chestnut again.

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What initially bothered me was the lack of people. My image timestamps are from 12:43 pm. This is lunchtime and the Walton Arms is situated close to an industrial estate, full of hungry people (ignoring The Walton Arms).

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…’A good pub should be full at lunchtime, so where are all the hungry people?’…

We took a table (there were many to choose from) and looked at the menu which was standard fare and maybe a little on the cheap side.

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Not being too hungry I opted for the Steak Sandwich at £7.95. A lot of the time they use that cheap arse-steak (rump) but what can you expect for this price?

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The Walton Arms décor was like I remembered it, quite old-worldly and spacious.

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The Leeds-Liverpool canal is not close to this pub, so I suspect some fakery is going on here.

The food arrived in good time and to give it credit, looks reasonably appetising.

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Looks can be deceiving and while the chips were decent enough the meat tasted like old boot leather and I was in danger of getting jaw cramps by the time it was devoured.

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During the 45 minutes of extreme canine overuse, we noticed only one other couple arriving in the Walton Arms.

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It does tell a story when the pub is empty. We left disappointed vowing to erase the associated memory legacy of 'Walton Arms – Great' with 'Walton Arms – Sore Jaw'.

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Sometimes best not to visit places where you really enjoyed going, now the good memories are stomped on....

Hope you find new haunts once if ever things get back to "normal".

We have some good ones, but none are very close to home. For every 10 we try, maybe 2 are good. The bar is high I guess. !WINE.


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Thoroughly enjoyed pub grubs when traveling through, have heard many are boarded up and gone.

Finding 2 out of 10 not a bad innings, never found anything to compare with a good old Brit pub over here to enjoy !BEER or !WINE


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No people, such a bad sign!!

I remember steddyman's post. He had some right good points

They could just tell us their food sucks if we ask before ordering? Do you think that would be a good suggestion to the landlords? 😀 !WINE.

3 years ago, and you remember that post? He made some great points, it's different now but a lot of those things he said remain.

That would be nice if they fif that. You would probably think the food was better if they were upfront and talked it down!

They do remain some good points. A newb could actually use the points he is making as a way to get ahead :OD

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I just had to know the food wasn't that good and that's why the place looked rather empty, you can definitely tell. But then so a fine place, it's a shame the food doesn't replicate the looks.

It needs another change of management. A lot of pubs closed down during the lockdowns and will not re-open again.

That sucks when a place you remember so fondly ends up being a crap hole when you go back later in life. I have quite a few memories like that. Sometimes it is better to just leave the past in the past. Or, maybe you just weren't so picky back then so the food only seemed like it was fantastic? Who knows!

Or, maybe you just weren't so picky back then so the food only seemed like it was fantastic?

I don't think so, it was always busy then and word got around about the quality. !WINE.


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That is a good point. If it was busier then it was probably good!

For 7.95 I’m not gonna lie that looks worth it 😍

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Great looking place .. too bad that's all it's good for now... Slobber on ...

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Imagine going t back to the 80s and a bar, especially one with food that's close by an industrial area would have been packed on a weekday lunchtime. Not sure whether things have changed that much or that place is just shit, possibly from your final review, a combination of both!

I had nothing to do with it, @slobberchops, I promise! Lol. I do have distant relatives in the Oxhill Parish area.