Especially worth a visit on wet days since it is all under cover, the indoor market has a range of stalls some changing frequently.
These include, hair and nail treatment salon, antique furniture and bric-a-brac, paintings, cards and small gifts, second hand books and records, sweets, baby clothes and accessories, framed photos from the area, arts and crafts, and bespoke tee shirt printing.
The Lamb Hotel has been closed twice in the last two years, but has recently been sold by Enterprise breweries and reopened under new ownership. Update It has been closed again for the last couple of weeks for “a refit and change of management” and is scheduled to re-open today (Friday 13th September) Therefore the following information may no longer be accurate, pending a further visit.
The decor is modern with some quite bold wallpaper but it is not too overpowering in this large open space. There is a large upstairs room which can be used for functions as well as providing extra restaurant space during busy times, like Sunday lunch time.
The food served is good and reasonably priced. I had a very nice pint of Otter for £3 there is usually a choice of two local real ales. I was there while they had a live band playing. The venue intends to host regular music on Friday nights.
Buddy’s in the High Street is one of the largest pubs in town. The downstairs bar is trendy and aimed at younger customers, and “career” drinkers; with cheap lager, no real ale, and a noisy ambiance; dance music, and laser lighting.
There are bottled beers, but the pub thrives on its reputation for selling cheap lager.
There is no beer garden and nowhere, except the narrow High Street, for smokers.
It has attracted criticism from some locals because of smokers and drinkers outside from quite early in the day.
There are large TV screens for showing major sports events, and seating on several levels. There is no parking but it stands in the centre of town.
Upstairs is a separate venue called Buddy’s Live Lounge which plays host to irregular live music, as well as other functions. It has two stages and a quite large capacity of about 150 people. (Only the Pavilion and Landmark are larger for live music.)