Monday, 13 April 2015

Crabby Joe's, Stratford

Quotation Of The Day: Joe Cocker ~ I think the only thing I would've ever been any good at was probably being a pub landlord. I've thought of that a couple of times.

And so today, my afternoon off, i hied me to Crabby Joe's Stratford outlet – a restaurant that had been closed for over a year after their erstwhile manager did a bunk with the day's takings and the contents of the safe. It's a small franchise and it was taken over by Corporate, completely gutted and re-designed and re-opened just a couple of weeks ago. Today was my first – and probably my last visit.

I didn't go in very often when they were open previously. They used to have complementary peanuts on the bar and the peanut shells all over the floor deterred me more than a little.

When i walked in at lunch time today, i was at first very impressed: the place looks great! Bright and spacious and cheerful, totally different to what it had been. Another point in its favour – they sell my beer. (Not everywhere does, and one factor in my going there today was that i knew that my usual pub was out of it until later this afternoon) (and i'm fussy about my beer – if i can't get it i'm lost).

A third point was, i am not ashamed to admit (shallow and dirty-old-mannish as i am) the servers' uniforms consist of low-cut and very tight t-shirts, and trousers that look like they were spray-painted on. If my bartender had been a blimp, this could have been grotesque, but she wasn't – she was, in fact, quite attractive and extraordinarily callipygous.

As for the food, there was nothing too different on the menu – same old schtuff you get everywhere. Burgers, wings, fingers, all that. I ordered a burger (they wouldn't cook it medium well for me, unfortunately – but the trend these days, especially in franchises, seems to be that all burgers shall be well done) with caesar salad and it was fine, very tasty in fact.

And my bill was very reasonable – two pints + lunch came to $28 + tip.

So far, so good, right? So why will my first visit quite possibly also be my last? Very simple: no Wi-Fi. I mean, WTF??? I mean, everywhere has free Wi-Fi, even the lowliest of the low, like A & W. When i go to a pub, usually alone, i like to catch up on email and Facebook and all the news of the day using the phone or the iPad, and that is what i like to do, dammit it. Couldn't do it today, though.

Oh, well, here's my most recent playlist:

Steeleye Span -- Commoner's Crown
Van der Graaf Generator -- Pawn Hearts
Peter Hammill -- Skin
Brand X -- Unorthodox Behaviour
Steeleye Span -- Ten Man Mop, Or, Mr Reservoir Butler Rides Again
Sky -- Sky 2
Marillion -- Anoraknophobia
Jon Anderson -- Olias Of Sunhillow
Colin James -- Bad Habits
Fairport Convention -- Myths And Heroes
Jon Anderson -- Deseo
Max Webster -- High Class In Borrowed Shoes
Steeleye Span -- Commoner's Crown
The Cecil Sharp Centenary Collective -- As I Cycled Out On A May Morning
Donovan -- What's Bin Did And What's Bin Hid
Dead Can Dance -- Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun
The Allman Brothers Band -- Beginnings


Jenny said...

They have free wifi. I use it all the time when I'm there!

Freg said...

They do now, i know! But i wrote that just a couple of weeks after they opened, when they didn't. Thanks for writing.