It could well have been an off day. Maybe we were unlucky but our first impressions weren’t that favourable. The first thing that struck us was that the entrance smelled strongly of tobacco smoke, although there were no smokers huddle in evidence on this day.
All attempts to engage the staff in conversation failed, and were met with monosyllabic responses. We retired to the lounge to try to get away from the blaring music but sadly it was being piped throughout the pub.
So not a good start to our trip to Ruddington Village.
Once seated in the lounge we took stock, and with well presented pints of English Crown (Flipside) and Golden Flash IPA (Belvoir Brewery) things started to look up. Also available were Nottingham Brewery EPA, Rock Mild and Fullers London Pride.
The Three Crowns is a smart looking pub with an interesting interior. I particularly liked the lounge area with its round the wall seating and large etched glass bay window.
The previous time we visited the Three Crowns, we were able to have a Thai meal at lunchtime. The Thai side of the operation has been replaced by an Indian Restaurant. Sadly, it wasn’t open for lunch so it wasn’t possible to review the food. We perused the menu to see what we’d missed but it all looked pretty generic so maybe we hadn’t missed much – but it would be interesting to get a customer review. (I’ve looked around the web for any customer reviews and found 5 very positive reviews, all written in the same week in January and none since… hmmm how strange… ).
Anyway, the pub which had been empty when we arrived, started to fill up with a wedding party – so that perhaps accounted for the somewhat harassed staff.