in the heart of London's West End lies a small area that will forever
William Wallace pub - just off Marleybone High Street, behind
Waitrose - leaves you in no doubt about its Scottish theme.
the large Braveheart movie poster, through the Scottish flags
that bedeck the bar to the Scottish beers.
small interior is very old-fashioned but pleasingly decorated
in dark wood and tobacco yellow paintwork on the walls and ceiling.
plenty of seating, especially during the day - on this Thursday
afternoon there were only 3 customers which increased as the evening
rolled-on. There was almost no background music which was very
what of the pinball?
inside the left-hand door is a Bally Revenge From Mars.
Priced at 50p per game
(or 2 games for £1, 5 games for £2) it's at standard
central London prices but due to the nature of the game, replays
are almost impossible to achieve.
The flippers are strong
but the outlanes are set to their maximum width and the right
outlane in particular suck the ball into the outhole. The same
is sometimes true of the "Stroke of Luck" kickout which
heads SDTM about 20% of the time.
Other problems include
the left loop not registering, a fault shared on occasion with
the right rollover lane at the top. The centre ramp seems to deploy
at inopportune moments, whereas the right ramp standup target
doesn't work. The game also has only 2 balls installed.
On the plus side, the display
is in good condition and the sound is set to a decent volume.
keeping with the theme, there's a distinctly Scottish flavour to the
beers on sale. There's one real ale - Deuchars IPA - as well as Calders.
To these are added the usual Castlemaine XXXX (that should be in interesting
company in a search engine's results!), Blackthorne cider, Stella Artois,
Carlsberg and the Export variety.
in conclusion, a good pub for playing pinball but I found it a very
frustrating game and it cost more to play pinball than it did to buy
the beer. To be fair, the Deuchars IPA was very nice and not too expensive
at £2.15 per pint.
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Pinball News 2002