→ Open noon-4pm; 6pm-2am. Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 323 0333).
THIS BRITISH WATERING hole will remind you of your local back home, with dim lighting, wooden furnishings and dark leather that’s all a bit Rovers Return.
There’s a mixture of cosy booths, scattered tables and high stools and when we visit for a midweek bev, the venue is busy with the post-work crowd.
Despite the amount of people, however, it’s weirdly quiet volume-wise.
It seems like punters have stopped by for a lone pint rather than a social get-together and we feel as though our conversation soon becomes public knowledge.
There’s sport showing on a multitude of screens and a menu featuring heavily in steaks and burgers that’s reasonable, though drinks prices are high for the setting – with a glass of grape setting you back the same as it would if you were visiting the far classier rooftop bar Level 43 in the same hotel. Visit during happy hour – daily between 6pm and 8pm – for a better deal. Or would be, if we could get served.
We wait for a good ten minutes at the bar before we even get a drinks menu, at which point staff disappear only to wander back after a lengthy pause, by which stage we are positively parched.
The pub itself is laid-back and a good stop-off on the way home, though we wouldn’t venture out of our way for the pleasure – or for a private conversation.
WHAT IS IT... A typical British pub showing live sports WHY GO... The extensive menu of steaks and grills