Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Crane and Dragon on Cranes Park Road. Formerly the Sheldon.
When I first moved into the area in 1992 it was what I called a "real" pub with a public bar, lounge and snug (remember snugs?). Then it turned into a Mr Qs, a diabolical open-plan Habitat style bar with TVs in every nook and cranny, probably in the bog too.
Very recently it has been re-invented as a Thai restaurant, also serving English food. This is a considerable improvement which, for me at least, is enhanced by having a seperate bar area serving guest real ales and a fine selection of malt whiskeys (Talisker 10 minutes walk from home... heaven!)
I like it. It is clean inside and the staff are polite. Whether it takes off or not remains to be seen, but I hope so.