Years ago, as a youngster, I used to love snooker. I particularly remember ‘Pot Black’ the one frame TV tournament during the week. Then there was the World Championship in April, with all its drama. Who can forget the Steve Davis v Dennis Taylor final of 1985, and that last black ball?
I haven’t played for many years, but encouraged by a good friend’s enthusiasm, I took the plunge on Friday and visited Rileys in London Road.
Situated on two floors above street level, the place mixes the air of a working man’s club and an old fashioned bar. The additions being a large number of Pool tables near the bar area with a few Darts boards. Upstairs a separate room has a handful of Snooker tables. Membership is free and prices very reasonable, especially cheap if you go during the day. Cues are provided for the occasional dabbler.
We booked two hours, but only managed a frame and a half. The professional Snooker world need not feel too troubled by us just yet. I did manage a 4-ball break, probably more by luck than judgement, but let’s face it, I’m not going to entering leagues just yet.
Downstairs it was nice to relax for a drink and a chat in the bar, especially as Cider can be found on draft.
There are a number of screens that show major sporting events for those who wish to combine their visit with a big match, so, all in all, it’s a recommended venue for people of all skills and talents.
The Rileys online pages can be found here: