21 April 2012

Pubs: The Assembly Rooms

30 March 2012 - The Assembly Rooms, Epsom, Surrey


The husband and I visited The Assembly Rooms in Epsom on a Friday night.  We rented a car for the weekend and headed up to Epsom for something we can't get in our town: sushi!  The sushi restaurant wasn't open for dinner yet by the time we arrived, so we took a walk around the center of town and ended up at The Assembly Rooms.  This is another JD Wetherspoon pub and its building allegedly dates back to the late 17th century.  I ordered a pint of the Daleside Monkey Wrench.


As soon as I walked up to the bar and discreetly took the above picture with my phone, this old guy at the bar kept staring at me for the full amount of time it took for my husband and I to order, get served, and pay.  Which leads me to:

I find that some people here in England have a serious staring problem.  Are they not taught as children that it's rude to stare?  I don't get it.  I'm not a big, loud, draws-a-lot-of-attention-to-myself stereotypical American either, not that that would justify it.  Does my snapping a quick pic with my phone really justify that level of staring/rudeness?  I usually respond to the stares by screwing my face into a scowl and muttering "can I help you?" under my breath.  My husband says that my reaction is snobby, but I don't care.  I don't like being stared at.  /tangent 

Anyhoo, the Monkey Wrench was enjoyable and the pub was spacious with lots of light.  I don't know if I'll be back anytime soon, but maybe the next time I'm in Epsom I'll stop by.


  1. I think it's really cool you are blogging about pubs & beer! I've stumbled across a lot of blogs and this is a first. I'd get used to the staring, I've lived abroad for almost 10yrs now and it never fails as soon as I open my mouth heads turn, and if it's not the accent that gets them it's usually my clothes. Keep up the fun blog! :) Danica Martin www.danicabridgesmartin.blogspot.com

    1. Thanks Danica! I really appreciate it. I think you're right that I'm just going to have to get used to the staring... it doesn't seem to be going away. Maybe I need to start faking a British accent on my pub exploits!

    2. I've tagged you for a questionnaire : http://danicabridgesmartin.blogspot.com/2012/05/memed.html
      Hope you decide to participate! :) Danica