Cos the other one's dead.
(obvs we can discuss them in here too)
E AND C! E AND C! SE17 BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAP
And my local. It's an old cinema and is big, you can always get a seat. Not full of idiots.
Did mean I thought my bladder would rupture during the fireworks display later.
No worse than the Pommeler's Rest on Tower Bridge Road (see below), and a step up from The Moon on the Square in Basildon (likewise). The Goldengrove in Stratford is moody too.
I loved the goldengrove.
worst spoons ever will be in Battersea
It's on a horrible road near Clapham Junction. I went there on a Sunday morning for breakfast once, was full of people smoking and drinking and staring at us. Used to be my sister's local, who frequented it quite a lot but said it was one of her *least* favourites.
because I didn't have a ticket for the Arsenal game on that evening. So close.
CROUCH END 4 LYFE
Best Spoons? Surely the best loos.
whilst I was dealing with a particularly provocative Beer and Burger
Surely the worst loos
Of course it may well pick up a bit after that and I've certainly got leathered there a few times in my life, but if the shakey is one of your favourite pubs you need to take a long hard look at yourself. When I was working around there it wasn't even in the top three pubs on Kingsway.
This is always on the agenda. I've seen some beautifully bleak things in that one.
And it's a lovely big space (though rammed with City Boys after work, as you'd imagine).
Luckily it's massive and (if it's open) very quiet on a weekend
someone else has been in Aylesbury at least once D=
:D Turns out Ayslebury is a total DiSser hotbed.
think a friend from school's mum was the landlady MAYBE? it wasnt a spoons in the 90s was it?
only very recently a spoons
I once saw a Santa deck another Santa here <3
A proper hard case with tattoos and scars all over his scalp recognised my accent and gave me free weed. He then offered to set me up with a regular supplier if I wanted to start dealing at home. Top, top pub.
never been in, looks terifying
run by a reassuringly terrifying circus strongman looking dude. Always get a booth though. Never sit out in the open.
also is it just me or is the manager at the glasshouse a complete wanker?
i used to go there when it was just called WETHERSPOONS :')
full of crazies but way less terrifying than the turnpike lane one
Terry Dixon (ex Tottenham, West Ham player) drinks in there
cheap drinks, cheap food, three cinema tickets for £3 each. BEST OF DAYS
and yeah, i went into the Turnpike Lane one once, got abused by some old men, and never went back.
It's okay - isn't grimy enough (yet).
I had the worst eggs ever been laid
I'll see myself out.
Ceiling is too high. I get confused.
And they made a right mess of our breakfasts (took forever to come out and when they did, they were cold. Despite being brought out one or two at a time... There were maybe 10 of us though...)
except maybe the isaac wilson
The Observatory - Ilkeston
Standing Order - Derby
FYI: Try to pre-empt the need for a piss about 10 mins in advance - the walk to the gents is unfeasibly long
is two minutes walk from my flat.
They must literally ship in middle aged alcoholics and screaming kids.
that I've been in.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO US
Turns out I was there last week. Might have a problem.
Foot of the walk - Leith
If anyone this' this I'll be impressed / scared
The other one on North Street's quite nice.
It's not one of the other horrible bars around there. Food's not bad. Crowd decent. Plays music though which is never good in a spoons.
The only place, other than an airport, where I have been asked to remove personal items and walk through a metal detector.
thank you very much
Sitting over the sea, drinking a dirt cheap ale... lovely
aka the one that horse went in that one time
recently did my successful job application in there, so not all bad, also dirt cheap.
I went there recently on a saturday night and it turns into a night club?!
I love a good Spoons.
As far the city centre, have you ever been in the counting house? The ones in scotland are mostly 100% grim and stabby and, with so many other nice pubs around from smaller chains/ breweries or independents, I can't see why you'd really go into one unless you were at gunpoint or totally fucking stupid (see below).
I went to the one at queen street station when I was waiting on a friend recently whose train had been delayed into the station and I was thirsty. You know me and you know that I am not easily scared. But I was scared, I was hassled and my ridiculously cheap double rum did not compensate.
This one- http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/67622/
That said, I've been to a very nice one in edinburgh and several nice/ lovely/ great ones in Manchester and London.
(in the airport)
Alas, I can never go back there again.
Spent an evening there with my friend from the Navy and his shipmates from the Invincible. It was a bit much. Navy folk are weird.
can't remember though
it's kind of weird and awkwardly stuck in a new development unit opposite a Subway
Feels more classic Wetherspoons than other Llloyds bars to me
hoping for zero ^s
The Joseph Conrad, Lowestoft
(so named because it's the heart of darkness!!)
The Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, Oadby
why are they all called SOMETHING AND/IN/ON THE MOON?
Theo deleted it.
Is not a Wetherspoons (accidental this).
Sunday night Spoons' became a tradition during my final months there. Only place service after 11pm on a Sunday more or less.
Is not a Wetherspoons
Anyway! The London Inn, Torquay.
Awful, awful place.
Something bad happened to me in here that led to me writing a complaint and getting £20 in vouchers.
I remember when Northern Ireland were playing Poland in Windsor Park a few years ago and loads of Belfasters and Poles had a big fight in there.
its generally fine I think
I've heard one or two other people describe it that way as well so I assumed it was a correct assumption. I think there's just so many properly nice pubs in Belfast that it doesn't feel like there's any reason to go there.
I used to go there with a friend from Burnley and I think Wetherspoons made him feel at home. You're right - definitely far better pubs around the town.
Or The Shrewsbury Hotel if you're feeling a bit more rustic
I'd be excited if anyone had been to either of these
I was more surprised that someone had been to the one in Bridgnorth upthread.
I need to go to a better pub more and knock it off its perch.
the main entrance on bishopsgate, the building on the left of that is the spoons. There's a door at the back that leads to the station but don't think you're suppose to use it. But yeah.
the building just out of shot on the left here.
and never knew that, good to know though!
I don't think I had quite come down yet
And said something indistinguishable to me just as the Barwoman was about to serve me, and I just turned, smiled and said, 'No'. That was my way out of an awkward conversation.
I hope he wasn't offering me a grand. I'm skint as fuck.
'the longest bar in England/Britain/Europe'
Having discussed with PlasticNiki, how would people feel about a Social Board-centric Wetherspoons pub crawl?
how close are the spoons in london? going to one then tubing to the next for a day would be tiring, duude
Par example, using my old place of work just off The Strand as a point of reference, there are 8 within 1 mile:
The Knights Templar
The Sir John Oldcastle
The Moon Under Water
The Lord Moon of the Mall
The Montagu Pyke
The Green Man
the Sir John Oldcastle isn't even in this thread!
but yeah sounds good that. I actually work on the Strand and didn't even realise a load were that close. If you like your ales though would be remiss of us to not visit the Crosse Keys near bank, although that is a bit of a ballache.
my only reservation on this was that the actual movement can be a bit of a ballache.
(we should do this on the afternoon of the next retrospectacular and make dan_thw hate us forever)
when is the next retrospectacular?
but you have to go to all of the Wetherspoon's in the UK?
actually we could run simultaneous crawls in london, manchester and one of those Scottish cities. JUST IMAGINE.
like a cheap and dirty tart
(put me down for a maybe)
Wetherspoon pubs have some absolute batshit names.
so most of them are quite dated
either the name of the pub they took over, something related to the building's usage before it became a pub or another nearby building/famous person/event.
Saw a mahooooosive toff fight in here after the boat race that got abandoned in 2012. Sauce sachets everywhere followed by a 12-man banning. Lovely stuff.
Had some lovely "mini pies" in here.
once saw a man have his head stamped on by his own father in there. on a tuesday afternoon.
(Better ale than the Standing Order)
It's a bit like being in a ship.
P'raps I have. Odd.
Although I was once in there and someone nicked a chip off my plate as they walked past and left.
I shouted something as he was by the door but was so taken-aback I kinda didn't know what to do.
it's home to many the extreme right-wing tract from tim martin as well as a cornucopia of photographs of things happening in remote pubs and people smiling through gritted teeth. i like it.
I did it once in the Tyburn when hungover and had to give up because it was making my head hurt even more.
never been in.
But they've all gone. I don't like Wetherspoons anyway.
it's like watching somebody saying something awful in front of the telly cameras without realising he's being filmed, and everyone around is trying to gently point out he shouldn't saying it with subtle 'um's and 'excuse me's
What a dick I've been.
let's be honest. You will never live this down.
was shit before it was made into a Weatherspoons, now is just cheap shit...
I saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles here when it was a cinema...
Also joined a queue waiting for opening time once. That was a bad day...
A couple in Leeds and one in Rochester. And the central Reading one.
I probably shouldn't have been to so many of these places.
Also made me sad to see a 'Spoons in St Ives last time I was there. I didn't go in.
I watched Brazil v Chile there.