The KKK Bin Pub Review #17 - The Broomhill Tavern
And now we come at last to one of the iconic bin pubs of Greater Greenock. The Broomy lives on as one of the last scheme pubs in the area, a survivor in a field where the likes of the Bellview Tavern have fallen due to the constant murders within their four walls. Even in these sanitised times The Broomy still retains a wee hint of the threat of violence that would have ruled this bin pub in its heyday.
Good - The Broomy's bar - the larger lounge was closed as usual - has most of the required features of a classic bin pub. A selection of standard pints on tap and big boy measures for spirits. Not the best value in the town at £1.90 for a spirit but reasonable enough. The pool table covers both entertainment as well as self defence purposes if things kick off on a rowdy evening. All-important period features include seats that lost their leather covers years ago as well as a small library, with books down a few pages when a punter spilled their pint or ran out of bog roll.
Bad - Not much bad to report but the lack of a proper wine list is a notable absence. A true bin pub that doesnt sell El Dorado as well is letting itself, its customers and most importantly your intrepid reviewer down. Get it sorted like The Carnock did and we'll be back for a rethink. There's also no sports on TV, just some shite cheesy radio station or, God help us, tunes from the jukebox.
A decent enough showing from a mainstay of the Greenock bin pub scene, but it needs to double down either on cheapness or jakeyness to deserve the top prize in this contested field. A local bin that earns the KKK seal of approval though.