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Furze Wren, Bexleyheath

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user reviews of the Furze Wren, Bexleyheath

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More modern version of the Wetherspoon's chain than their other branch in Bexleyheath. There is much more light here and you can take a window seat watching the buses come and go, if that's your thing! This branch also had a better selection of ales - Greene King Abbot, Ruddles Best, Sharp's Doom Bar, Nelson Dogwatch Stout & Spanker, Hopdaemon Session, Sambrook's Wandle, Reunion Opening Gambit, Twickenham Redhead & Portobello Star. However, there is no real cider. There's a strange queuing system here, with tensor barriers set up to form separate queues for drinkers and those ordering food (and presumably teas and coffees). I slightly preferred this branch to the Wrong 'Un, in spite of the lack of a cider.
blue_scrumpy - 28 Apr 2019 15:33
For me, Whetherspoon pubs are all about choice and value. The pub is a large open plan characterless area with lots of tables and chairs and can get quite busy. Although typically there's a lack of music, there is a first class selection of the real ale that leaves most other non Whetherspoon pubs in the shade. I doubt there is another non Whetherspoon pub around where it's possible to buy 4 pints of ale and get change from a tenner. I've eaten here many times and found the food satisfactory and reasonably good value served by helpful and friendly staff. So if you're after a quirky old boozer with lots of character, look elsewhere.
tequilaboy - 10 Jan 2014 22:43
Very large 'Spoons by the bus terminus in the Broadway

10 pumps dispensing 7 ales and 2 ciders on my visit. 3 new beers on offer so I opted for a pint of Googly from Weltons at 4.2%.

As to be expected with 'Spoons all drinks at very reasonable prices.

Busy with a mixed crowd of shoppers and drinkers. Many families also eating but all the children were under control.

Fine on a Saturday afternoon but not my thing for a Friday or Saturday night as it does get a bit lively!
lezford - 8 Sep 2013 13:37
always dirty plates everywere, staff never seem to smile and the food is awful!
Alman66 - 12 Oct 2011 14:05
Oh dear. The portions have been drastically reduced. My steak dinner last night, was a child portion, the baked potato was the size of an egg, and the steak more like a rasher of bacon. Used to be good value, but now I am wondering.
middenmaker - 22 Jun 2011 17:04
Spot on pint of Mauldons Blackberry Porter was devoured here along with a gourmet burger that was presented and served perfectly and fast! 7/10
fat_beer_badger - 20 May 2011 20:33
One of the best Spoons I know of. Large, open plan and bang in the middle of town. Usual fayre and usaul prices. Pint I has was excellent - Titanic Stout.
twineyboy - 20 Feb 2011 17:03
Like this Spoons pub - never had a bad time in here. Usually manage to get one of the booth tables on the far right hand side, nice to hide away in for a few good ales and a casual lunch. Beer is always excellent, the staff are both friendly and helpful and the chap serving me most recently was also fairly knowledgable about the beers. This is the pub my friends and I usually begin our lads' nights out from (owing to the fact it caters for the lager boys and the real ale heads) and it's cheap as chips as well. Good effort, keep it up.
PMA - 15 Nov 2010 19:31
had a decent meal hear Friday night, I was a bit aprehensive as I'd usually aviod these places on a Friday night, it was fine though, it was reasonably busy but the service was quick the food was good and the guest ale I was drinking was spot on,Ugly sister I think it was called, I've had some really good ales in here and i've never noticed any unsavory elements spioling it as you tend to get in some of there places, well done spoons
vinnnie - 21 Dec 2009 12:24
Enjoyed the steak on Tuesday night, shame they mixed up the steaks, rare and well done on the wrong plates, but good value though.
middenmaker - 27 Nov 2009 19:41
Very large, but strangely elongated, bar with plenty of window seats to watch the world (generally buses) go by. Decent selection of real ale festival beers on at a very reasonable 1.69. Not particularly busy when I went in mid-afternoon, but the clientele was distinctly more up-market than in the other nearby 'spoons - the rather horrible Wrong 'Un up the road (whose name is probably more fitting than originally intended).
rpadam - 11 Nov 2009 22:41
Yep, done it, me and her indoors loved our curry, 9/10. The poppadum was a little doughy, so a point dropped, apart from that, great. What a bargain, will definitely be going again.
middenmaker - 5 Nov 2009 21:13
I've had a few Rubies in jdw's up and down the country and thier not bad at all, not this one though but i've eaten here a few times with no probs, I live in woolwich and allways come to bexleyheath rather than my local spoons as both this and the wrong un are far better, this one the better of bexleys two, but the difference is marginal, i've allways had a decent pint with no trouble getting served at the bar and will certainly use both of them again
vinnnie - 30 Oct 2009 12:40
Anyone tried one of their curries on a Thursday, looks very tempting and cheapo as well.
middenmaker - 27 Oct 2009 19:45
They have moved the cosy seats away from the windows and placed them nearer the bar, ok I suppose. Like this place because I feel comfortable, no oiks and the like. Must be popular cos yesterday, three ales were off, ne'r mind eh!
middenmaker - 7 Oct 2009 21:05
I think they were trying to tidy up Bexleyheath by closing Lloyds as it went from nicest town, to Hell in about ten years that felt like ten minutes. Closing Lloyds (along with Yates) and opening a regular Weatherspoons was the start of the clean up operation and the best thing they could have done - the next best thing would be to stop the bus routes from going as far as Deptford and Thamesmead. Anyway, this pub is a nice place to drink - they always seem to have some good quality, well looked after beers. Everytime I go there, the place consists mostly of the 30's+ generations which suits me fine. There is not much difference between one Weatherspoons and another really, but bloody glad Lloyds is gone!
Longshaft81 - 6 Aug 2009 15:24
As most Bexleyheath residents will know, The Furze was once a Lloyds Bar that had its licence revoked by the council due to persistent trouble & under age drinking. To retain the (obviously profitable) venue, Wetherspoon's hastily refitted the place out in standard 'Spoons decor in an attempt to appeal to the more "mature" drinker and this move, by and large, has been successful. Indeed, it's always rammed whenever I visit.

Essentially a pub within a shop unit, there's zero character to this place and the cavernous interior has an odd atmosphere, even when it's packed. Picking the wrong place at the fairly long bar can be disastrous and the bar staff can appear a little dis-interested.

That said, I've never had any complaints about the beer and due to the size of the bar there's generally a fair selection of ales on offer at any one time. The food is standard JDW quality - not amazing, but acceptable.

Given it's location there's a lot of passing trade and it's very popular with parents and their offspring - thankfully, it has it's own
"family area" at one end of the pub which works quite well and doesn't interfere with those just looking for a quiet pint.

A competent, if slightly dull JDW pub that in my opinion, is better than The Wrong 'Un at the other end of town.
keepthechange - 17 Jun 2009 16:39
not as dark as the wrong un also in bexleyheath
but the staff seem to stay in set areas not working the whole bar so you can become isolated as you wait while the staff are talking to each
and ignoring you, dirty tables slow service not the best or worst wetherspoon but not great
bexleypete - 1 Feb 2009 15:55
I've always found this place a bit dead on a friday or saturday night, yet it seems to take an eternity to get served, despite behind the bar being more busy than in front of the bar. Whilst the staff seem friendly, there is a very uneasy atmosphere in the place, it seems you constantly have to watch your back! The food (if they have what you want) is OK, but they could do with someone to collect the glasses, and maybe make the place a lot more presentable!
drinkdrinkdrink - 7 Jan 2009 03:18
caame in Saturday evening with the missus, food was ok, unlike the paper moon in Dartford, had a couple of lovely pints of a 5.5% christmas ale, which was very nice, the service was a bit slow considering it wasn't that busy, but apart from that we had a enjoyable relaxed drink and meal and I'd certainly use it again
vinnnie - 15 Dec 2008 12:26
Good range of ales, never had cause to complain. Good for a few beers after work but gets very busy and loud later on.
Islander - 12 Dec 2008 17:16
Large, impersonal, bit of a factory feel about it. Production line food. Staff chat amongst themselves. However the beer was ok and of course reasonably priced. But a pub should be a place for a chat with the landlord and regulars. Not a prayer in places like this. The rose down the road is a far better bet.
nickthefish - 10 Dec 2008 22:00
A Good start in the evening for cheap drinks.Get smashed in there pretty cheap aswell.
mcdrinky_drink - 20 Nov 2008 20:57
Visted this pub for the first time today. I definitely would not have done so when it was a Lloyds No 1.

A good size pub with plenty of room. 4 guest ales on, all quite reasonable. Despite it been busy through the lunch hours, both the drinks and food service was good. The staff were friendly and efficient.

The gent's urinals were equipped with american style push flushes which a lot of the local failed to use, hence something of a smell. There only appeared to be one hand dryer.

Otherwise one of JDW's better pubs and I will no doubt visit in the future.
wyndham - 18 Sep 2008 20:11
What a nightmare, i have visited this pub twice for breakfast and was luke warm at best with dirty cutlery and lipstick on the napkin where the staff member must of licked their lips to join the napkin around the cutlery, always have to wait along time to get served and even then its who ever shouts the loudest, tried it early doors about 6pm on a monday, tables covered with dirty glasses and dirty plates with customers of all walks of life, i had to get a cloth to wipe a table to sit at. However the real ale was nice and cheap in price, so you pay for what you get, i think i'll stick with the other pubs down the high street and pay for the service with a smile even if it is more expensive.
greatrealale - 12 Sep 2008 20:27
Not bad Wetherspoons, usually a good range of beers to choose from and good value. From what I've witnessed though I wouldn't eat here, a while back an entire family had to send back their meals because they were all cold/undercooked.
Mike142 - 30 Jun 2008 14:44
Went again last Sat. early evening, as above but we sat for over an hour with someone else,s dirty plates on the table, so to the pot man, please look around and stop nattering to everybody.
middenmaker - 18 Dec 2007 19:31
Loved this pub, probable the biggest pub in the world. Plenty of seating, good friendly staff and lovely coffee to finish the drinks off. Prices very reasonable, just sit by the window and watch the world go bye.
middenmaker - 1 Dec 2007 17:56
I have already commented on this pubs changed from a Lloyds No 1 to a regular Wetherspoon on its old page, yet since The Furze Wren now has a new one of its own, I feel its right to add my comments on the changes here.

In its previous guise, it was an okay enough bar on the whole, though be it troublesome at times. I never had any real major gripes (as plenty of others seemingly did), but must reiterate my opinion that the improvements are vast. The layout is a lot more friendly, the place is clean, tidy and well run at most times. The beer selection is much improved and there is a more varied crowd than before. The lack of music and more homely approach has seen to the demise of the 'younger crowd' within and as a result, it should appeal to the more mature drinker as well as more youthful patrons wishing for a peaceful bite to eat and drink. I recommend a stop here.

HTM69 - 27 Nov 2007 13:37

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