When Meadow Well station was built in 1982 it was originally called Smith’s Park but was changed with the name of the developing housing estate for which it now services. The area suffered after the 1991 Meadow Well riots and socially has never really recovered. It is still tarnished with a bad reputation which the development of Wet n Wild and the Royal Quays shopping outlet centre has been unable to remove.
It’s large a residential area so as such the closest pub isn’t all that close to the station. If you exit the station however and head towards signs to Royal Quays (its about 10 minutes along Bridge Road) You’ll end up at the Royal Quays Shopping centre and within that will find the Royal Quays Brewers Fayre.
Anyone who’s ever been to a Brewers Fayre pub will know that it’s pretty much family pub by numbers all the way down to the massive indoor and outdoor play areas where you can throw your little darlings while you queue up for your carvery Sunday dinner.
Were it not for it’s location within the shopping centre I can’t imagine why anyone would need nor want to visit this place. Sometimes you can rely on a chain to get exactly what you need when you need it and the only saving grace of this place was they had Doombar on tap. Everything else was just the dire side of bland.
Despite being midday on a sunday it was deserted and there’s nothing i hate more than having to line up for your sunday dinner so we went for a burger and fish and chips for our lunch. I asked for ketchup with my chicken burger which I had almost finished by the time the waiter brought it to me and Dave’s fish was so greasy the batter was inedible.
I’d love to say that this a pleasant little place to refresh and rehydrate after some shopping however my advice would be go to Subway instead.
Find out where else we’ve been on our metro pub adventure here