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Nicer 'spoons pub, nice layout and atmosphere. Served quickly even when busy several staff behind bar and most of them friendly. Also ate in here (the curry deals! ) and these were served quickly and we're lovely. Several ales on, the Snecklifter and Ossian nice and as always kept well.
dariogirl - 24 Jan 2015 18:35
A superior "spoons" with a decent atmosphere and none of the usual youngsters getting "on it" before they go out. Standard pub food, service can be a bit mixed when busy but all in all worth a visit.
raynesparkdave - 22 Apr 2014 12:13
Nice little Wetherspoons, has a family pub feel about it. Good range of ales too, a better than average JDW. Worth a visit.
Scotsaledrinker - 23 Jun 2013 16:26
Really liked this 'Spoons. Decent range of local beers. Seemed to be absent of the lager top & Red Bull brigade that frequents other Spoons (eg Sutton, Wimbledon & North Cheam). Comfortable & quiet. The family liked it as well
Wilson_MacDonald - 3 Apr 2013 19:02
Not a bad little Wetherspoons. Waited quite a while to get served. One guy was doing his best, whilst his colleagues had all done disappearing acts. However within around 5 minutes, a few other staff had arrived to lend a hand and service when it was arrived was knowledgeable and courteous. Beers on were Greene King IPA & Abbot, Hook Norton Cotswold Lion, Banks's Howling Wolf, Woodfordes Norfolk Hawker, Mordue Lubelski, Maxim Double Maxim & Brouwerij 't IJ Ijbok. Ciders and perries were Mr Whiteheads Festival Perry, Westons Country Perry, Marcle Hill & Cider Twist Mulled Cider & Sandford Orchards Strawberry Lane.
blue_scrumpy - 4 Nov 2012 20:59
no problems at all here. decent selection of ales and staff nice. better than average spoons pub.
ng10 - 24 Jun 2012 09:29
Had lovely lunch in here today.
Good guinness and friend loved his ale.
Spotlessly clean and tidy.
Best wetherspoons ive been in.

rainbowian - 8 Jun 2012 15:07
Above average JDW pub that deserves a higher mark than showing here.
bjbrummiejohn - 6 Jun 2012 08:34
No problem with service on this visit. Good range of beers. Regular Wetherspoons.
doorstep - 3 Sep 2011 10:15
Service is a real issue here! With 6 people at a massive bar how difficult is it to know who is next? Young bar staff OK but the manager ?
Wanno1 - 15 Apr 2011 23:50
One of the better Wetherspoon's! Good beers, reasonable food and the usual great prices. Not too many of the "colourful" characters that Wetherspoons are known for..

Friendly and polite bar staff if rather slow.
Wanno1 - 10 Apr 2011 11:11
The manager has recently introduced a mini-festival held usually over the last weekend of the month. It commences on Thursday evenings and lasts until Sunday. His intention is to highlight local brewers, hence Hammerpot as referred to below.
wyndham - 19 Feb 2011 19:27
A modern Wetherspoon pub opposite Raynes Park station. Roughly square in shape with the largish bar on the righthand side. Plenty of very comfortable seating in pleasant surroundings. Over 9 handpumps offering the usual good choice of real ale - majoring on Hammerpot Brewery beer when I was there. Parking in the area is not good but it is still recommended.
boozers_knows - 17 Feb 2011 13:42
I endorse the comment that this is one of the better Wetherspoons. That is not meant to be backhanded: the range of beer here is always good and well kept. At £1.95 a pint it is also, of course, good value; for CAMRA members using their 50p off vouchers, the cash price is madness, Certainly recommended on that basis.
MeurglysIII - 19 Sep 2010 08:13
I recommended this pub some time ago and I still regularly visit. I was in to-day and there were 6 'guest' ales on one from Sambrook called 'Wandle' which I thought was not that wonderful; one from Loddon which was reasonably palatable, a 3 fff's which I avoided, as I don't like their beer, 2 from Dorking brewery, I had the 5% one and ended with Fullers ESB. All at £1.95 per pint . ESB round my way is £3.60 a pint.

The service was fairly quick although the staff seemed to lack communication skills. The food was your normal standard JDW's but the chips were better than normal, being light and crispy.

It still is one of the better Wetherspoons.
wyndham - 30 Jul 2010 20:22
Excellent food - have had breakfast and chilli con carne recently. They used to leave the disabled WC door ajar, resulting in unpleasant urine smell, but seems to be controlled better now.
arthur256 - 19 Apr 2010 21:22
This is an above average Wetherspoons with decent enough staff, but it is still a Spoons!
Strongers - 8 Jan 2010 13:00
This is top notch for beer and food - never had a bad one - and it offers probably the best atmosphere anywhere in the area, if you value a quiet pint and civilised chat. But the service is what differentiates this place from all other 'Spoons' however, with all the guys and gals in the ER a cut above the sullen bunch who serve in the Wibbas Down or Coronation Hall (try there if you really like being ignored, surreybeerdrinker!)
bosstick - 20 Dec 2009 14:40
It's OK and would do the job for a pint of unusual real ale. However I still prefer the Raynes Park Tavern as it has atmosphere which ths lacks.
Oakman100 - 25 Nov 2009 18:23
A bit of a "pub in a box" 'spoons, but the atmosphere and clientele seemed fine on my late-afternoon vist. Decent selection of beers from the ongoing real ale festival too. Handy for Raynes Park station too.
rpadam - 6 Nov 2009 23:17
The service in this pub can be very slow. There seems to be a lack of staff. Whilst there is a wide choice of real ale, it can be really hit and miss as to the quality of it. I suggest you always ask which beer they have poured most of or you can end up with a really awful pint.
Surreybeerdrinker - 29 Oct 2009 15:47
good place with a nice calm clean feel. hardly any oiks and great beers.
mikeyn - 19 Sep 2009 22:22
Not in my experience Pagey, are you sure you have even been there?
Maldenman - 3 Aug 2009 19:01
Good beer and cheap food. As it's a Spoons, it's full of chavs as you'd expect, but other than that it's rather nice. LOVELY ladies toilets.
Pagey_B - 3 Aug 2009 18:50
Very good choice of ales, friendly quick service, no beer garden but a few seats out the front in the open, worth a visit, 7/10
fat_beer_badger - 17 Jun 2009 12:44
Visited again last Friday night and now know why this pub is a cut above most 'Spoons' - packed to the doors with people just chatting or generally enjoying themselves. Great atmosphere and totally oik-free! The service was both swift and respectful (none of the 'y'awright there mate?'s so characteristic of the 'approach to customer service' in Kingston and Surbiton). There were more staff around too with no less than two seniors, including mighty guv'nor Dean keeping an eye on standards (the other was even sweeping up dog ends from the pavement outside when we arrived!)

So if you a civilised experience courtesy of Wetherspoons (glad to see they'd pushed the boat out a bit on guest ales too - the Stonehenge Eye Opener was luvvly jubbly) this is the place to come. Take a bow The ER!
bosstick - 14 Jun 2009 13:11
A reasonably new Spoons and still quite tidy. Some local beers on offer, Hog's Back HBB, Pilgrim Progress and Welton's Old Cocky together with the usual suspects.

OK as Spoons go.
GuideDogSaint - 10 Jun 2009 21:35
great ale range much better then the rubbish expensive pubs which are a couple of miles away in Wimbledon village and Wimbledon itself has for the food much more affordabe and better quality that before the christmas
jjinthehouse2000 - 9 Jun 2009 03:02
A decent enough Spoons outlet not far from the railway station which is giving RP's other three pubs a good run for their money. It's pretty standard as Spoons places go: a large dining area at the back - two crap meals for a fiver anyone? - and lots of other seating. Service-wise it could be better as there often seems to be too few people actually behind the bar.

It's cheap, plain, devoid of atmos or character but just the job if you seeking sanctuary from the RP Tavern or, heaven forbid, the Junction Tavern!
JDchaser - 25 May 2009 16:38
Doesn't look like many BITErs visit here does it? Popped in for a couple today, still above average for a 'spoons and not looking tired or careworn. Decent staff too, my first choice of Dorset Durdle Door went just as the glass was filled, the barman noticed immediately and offered a replacement. The Thwaites Wainwright did the job, nice golden ale served with sparkler as I imagine is intended in its homeland. Other guests today were Titanic Velvet Curtain, and Moorhouse Black Cat.
Maldenman - 17 May 2009 17:57
Pleasant enough visit to the JDW beer festival yesterday. Beer on form, St Austell Proper Job better than Tribute in my opinion. Noted a few tables were left uncleared. The staff need to keep on top of these little details if the place is to remain a cut above most 'spoons.
Maldenman - 3 Nov 2008 14:10
This is a solid dependable bar. Its a WYSIWYG Wetherspoons but thats not a bad thing sometimes.

It is definitely the best bar in raynes park but thats not saying much!
hannibal - 24 Oct 2008 16:40


I was in here on 19 August and both those beers were available then plus a couple of other ones. I agree they are not particularly palatable. The manager tends to buy 'local' beers rather than sourcing all his guest beers from the JDW bi-monthly list. He also tends to go for the lower abv ones which to my mind is a great pity.

Despite these criticisms I visit this pub on average about 3 times a month and agree it is one of their better ones; even though at times it looks like a mothers and toddlers club!!
wyndham - 21 Aug 2008 20:52
One of the better Wetherspoons in my opinion. And, like most ‘spoons, it is pretty busy all day. It is a newish purpose-built pub so has nothing in the way of pub character (i.e. even less than most other Wetherspoons have). Food is like all other ‘spoons. But they usually have some decent ale on at (of course) pretty decent prices. I had a pint of Welton’s Sussex Pride and King’s Red River Ale, neither of which I took to. They were not off – I just didn’t like them. Good enough for a ‘spoons.
RexRattus - 20 Aug 2008 21:38
i like this pub nice and relaxed during the day with a slight emphasis on food during the night which the staff dekiver has fast has can be allowed and to a good quality
jjinthehouse2000 - 2 May 2008 03:45
I've never been a Wetherspoons fan, but I decided to try this place after reading the reviews. To be honest it is ok, nothing special mind but ok. The local area isn't too good for pubs so I regard this as a positive addition. The beer was in good nick, and for a Spoons the clientelle and atmosphere were comfortable, rather well heeled and relaxed. I'd go as far to say a nice ambience and probably the best pub in Raynes Park. Tough shout between 6 or 7, 6.5 if possible.
Maldenman - 17 Apr 2008 21:48
This is the quiet 'family' pub in Raynes Park. Suitable for eating and drinking in without having to wonder when the next fight will break out! Standard Wetherspoon features: range of interesting cask ales cheaply priced, extensive food menu served till very late seven days a week, special grill days and curry days, etc.
Trev - 12 Apr 2008 09:22
4 young staff behind the bar, kidding joking and doing anything but serving customers even though there must have been 8 of us patiently waiting at the bar. Food took well over an hour and then to be told that they where sold out of what I ordered! New pub with so much potential due to the area but until they change the staff and money is going elswhere!!
FreeWilly - 12 Jun 2007 08:54
Better than average Wetherspoons I use it on a regular basis.
thisbe - 29 May 2007 20:00
OK so it's a typical "spoons" a barn for drinking in. But they've spent a lot of money on it and it shows. The bar staff are always friendly and frankly in Raynes Park or West Wim if you're posh- what's the alternative? One of the better ones.
terfysgwr - 14 Mar 2007 17:42
The non-smoking future of pubs comes to SW20. Good beer, food (locals are mad for curry nite Thursdays) and those Wetherspoon prices make this the perfect stop off from the train or venue for a gathering. An oasis in a pub desert for the RP intelligentsia (BBC News 24 on screen shows the crowd they're aiming for, not the scruffs who inhabit the 'spawt'-saturated RPT next door). Good for the mind and body.
bosstick - 18 Jan 2007 23:16
Very baseic Weatherspoons house, but it does, as always, offer good real ale at very low prices.Other than that, it is a large, airy, characterless pub. It may improve in time, but it could go either way. However, it is likly to give the other pubs in Raynes Park a run for their money.
melbrooks - 22 Oct 2006 12:32
A Wetherspoons from another planet!

Fast service at the bar, even though the pub was busy. Staff always on the floor clearing glasses and wipping down tables. My bottle of wine was placed into a ice bucket - never known before at any Wetherspoons I have visited - food very good and a large portion.

A non -smoking pub, highly recommended.
gmcd - 30 Sep 2006 10:44
this is a brand new weatherspoons and its great! try it out!
ajh0102 - 27 Sep 2006 22:26
This is a new JDW pub which has been open for 2 weeks. Visited last Tuesday and found it to be quite pleasant. Not their usual brown stained wood or the modern but ghastly minimalist approach. Quite subdued really!

Not a particularly large range of guest ales but managed a pint of one of Burton Bridges products and the usually reliable 'Bombardier'. Although it is brand new most of the stair tread edgings down, as usual, to the toilets were missing. Nice toilets though. I wonder how long this will all last. The pub is totally non-smoking with some seats at the front outside in 2 alcoves for those nicotine addicts. This might be alright on a sunny and warm day but maybe not so hot during the winter especially as it is fairly close to a very busy main road.
wyndham - 21 Sep 2006 20:48

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