As usual, ‘Strictly…’ feels like something of a poor relation of ‘The X Factor’ in the Saturday night autumn light entertainment pecking order. Still, if Sharon Osbourne’s getting on your tits over on ITV – and who could possibly blame you if that was the case? – you probably can’t go too far wrong with this, as the participants are paired off with the pros and sent off to learn their first moves of the series.
Please note, The Grey Horse now serves food and beer from Smok'd, an in-house BBQ restaurant. Time Out Food & Drink Editors, March 2017.The Grey Horse in Kingston long had a reputation for entertaining shaggy-haired, bearded men, supping on foaming ales, while live prog-rock bands took them back to their uni days a few decades before. It was a sort of ’70s throwback – which is why it closed down over a year ago. The reincarnation is something to behold. This horse still has brewery Young’s at the reins, and they’ve spent the kind of money that suggests aspirations are high. A cosy, welcoming bar leads to a cavernous and moodily lit dining area with work on the open kitchen still being done (two weeks after opening). A mural of Hendrix adorns one wall in a nod to the pub’s previous life. Further beyond and out of sight, a room for comedy nights has been fitted out and been full to the brim on its first two excursions. The talking point, however, is a list of whiskies that dominates an entire wall. Invariably it leads newcomers to enquire, ‘Is this a pub or a whisky bar?’, to which the reply is always: ‘It’s a pub that sells a lot of whisky’. On a quiet midweek night, the Irish co-owner Leigh will talk you through each one with a passion usually reserved for distillery guides north of the border. Almost every scotch is available, and there are also lesser-known gems from the USA, Ireland, Japan, Wales, South Africa and even India. On the beer side of things, local brewery Tw