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The Assembly [Website] [Photographs] [Map 12]
Lune St PR1 2NN || Telephone 01772 880046 || Date visited for review: July 2005
Head Office: The Spirit Group, 107 Station Street Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire DE14 1BZ. Tel: 10283 545320
This same company also own The Toy Soldier (Blackpool Rd) and The Phantom Winger (Garstand Rd).

  • Alcohol
    1. Lager
    2. - Stella Artois, Carlsberg, San Miguel
    3. Bitter
    4. - Tetley's
    5. Stout
    6. -
    7. Cider
    8. -
    9. Mild
    10. -
    11. Bottles
    12. - Carlsberg Export (1.60), Reef (1.60) - prices April 2003
Comments:
Tuesdays - Cheap Cocktails. Special offers - Sunday to Thursday.
Sunday 7pm til late 1.50 (bottles, draught and wine).

  • Entertainment
    1. Live Acts
    2. -
    3. Karaoke
    4. - Yes
    5. DJ
    6. - Yes
    7. Juke Box
    8. - Yes
    9. Quiz Nights
    10. -
    11. Pool Table
    12. - Yes
    13. Darts
    14. -
Comments:
Kareoke: Thursday to Sunday.

Downstairs has a large TV screen used for the Kareoke, but the upastairs has a huge TV screen used for sport. Upstairs aslo includes a second bar and 3 pool tables.


  • Food
    1. Quality
    2. - Very good.
    3. Price Range
    4. - 4 / 5
    5. Prestentation
    6. - Good
    7. Serving Times
    8. - Until 8pm weekdays.
Comments:
2 meals for 5.95 (all day, Mon - Thurs - Summer 2003)
All day breakfast - 5.45

The typical menu consists of Chips + Fish, Bangers and Mash, Mushroom Tortellini to Roast of the Day
or Wraps, Sandwhiches or Jacket Spuds with various fillings.


  • Toilets

  • Gents
    1. Cleanliness
    2. - Gerally Good, but currently Very Bad (summer 2003).
    3. Maintenance
    4. - Good, but can vary
    5. Aroma
    6. - Good, but changes.

    Ladies

    1. Cleanliness
    2. - Good, but sometimes inconsistant
    3. Maintenance
    4. - OK
    5. Aroma
    6. - OK
Comments:
Ultra-modern toilets (in design), but the clenliness needs to be consistant.
  • Staff
    1. Friendliness
    2. - Good
    3. Attitude
    4. - OK
    5. Appearance
    6. - Good (uniform)
Comments:

  • Customers
    1. Locals
    2. - Yes
    3. Students
    4. - Yes
Comments:
Locals to student ratio 50% to 50% respectively. Consequently the age range can vary too, although the younger locals seem to gravitate to the upstairs bar.
  • Decor [ Traditional / Modern / Other
  • ]
    1. Traditional
    2. -
    3. Modern
    4. - Yes
    5. Other Style
    6. -
    7. Condition
    8. - Very Good
Comments:
Refurbished in late 2001.
This place has gone through many changes in the past 20 years - each with a major refurbishment. It once had a semicircular bar in the middle of the floor, and only as recently as 2001 has the upstairs been re-opened after many years of closure.

It was previously The Flax & Firkin (approx 1996 - 2001).

Prior to that it was The Corn Exchange (it's original function and that name remains on the building), but because of it's location this pub hasn't previously been very busy. Until Bar Censa, Mood and Bar 10 sprang up, few people visted this area except possibly at weekends).

In the mid 1980's 70% of the rear of the building was demolished to make way for the widening and extention of the road behind. The facade and lobby couldn't be demolished as they are listed, and that is all than now remains, which is less than a quarter of the original. At the rear of the building (outside) were Gents public toilets.

In the 1960 this building was The Public Hall and The Beatles played here. In 2002 a handbill was printed in the local paper to verify what had been a rumour for many years.