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Sir Michael Balcon was a film producer best know for his work with Ealing Studios. The pub itself is average at best.
Tuna - 26 Feb 2017 20:06
It's interesting that Mr. Wetherspoon himself, Tim Martin, has said that although he backed the UK's exit from the EU, he is wholly in favour of the free movement of people, and of its remaining in the Single Market.

Certainly, he seems to have made use of the supply of energetic young people from around the EU to further his business, and good luck to him on that point.

I've generally found his staff to be OK, given that to which they are subjected by the customers in some of his venues.

I suppose that since he's pitching his product at the less well-off, then no, in the round, he has nothing whatsoever to fear from the UK's exit, and from the corresponding economic downturn which rushes upon us as I write.
eddybeer - 5 Nov 2016 11:12
I am amazed that staff get positive comments in these reviews. My own experience has been that the Wetherspoon's regimenting of staff duties & the general uninterest or arrogance of the servers, especially the females, militates against the customer & the efficient running of a pub with good customer care. Countless times, I've waited to be served whilst a staff member fiddles with glasses or wipes up rather than serves, all because of the roster which must be kept to. If one says anything, one risks being refused service; no constructive criticism is accepted; & it's always been like this.
renzarov - 5 Nov 2016 10:37
Its really the heart of Ealing, open from 9 till 1130 mid week the food is really well priced, though sad to see the end of the sunday roast.
the guest ales are always ever changing and soon it will have Craft beer on tap *i have on good authority*.
The beer is always fresh the staff always friendly and well mannered, I personally drink here a lot so maybe im biased but great pub. Only real complaint is the bathrooms are upstairs which is true for many wetherspoons pubs but otherwise.

FOOD: 9/10 *fresh steaks are awesome*
BEER: 10/10 always enjoyable.
CLEAN:10/10 (unless its really busy Friday night but always clean)
STAFF: 10/10 always polite, good service and good at dealing with problems should they arise.
PRICE: its wetherspoons... cheap as you'll get in ealing.


aliceD - 23 Apr 2016 13:15
Fairly generic Wetherspoons but many pubs in Ealing are expensive so this place is useful if you are on a budget. A perfectly reasonable place.
Richard_ReadingFC - 24 Feb 2016 10:36
In the other day and they served the scoff with the usual efficiency. Standard of service remains uniformly high over the last several years to my certain knowledge though agree the beer range can be 'unadventurous' or even a tad offbeat now and then.
_grobag_ - 5 Sep 2015 20:44
EXCELLENT. I'm here nearly every Sunday. At least 2 real ales to my taste, plus 2 or 3 others. I've ALWAYS found the staff to be professional, polite and extremely KIND to older customers: helping people with mobility problems to their seats, for example. The problem with many Wetherspoon reviews is a customer who expects 5-star food at 1-star prices. I'm neither the owner nor a shareholder, by the way. Just an extremely satisfied regular.
BrunoPubMan - 11 Feb 2015 11:57
Had 30 minutes to spare in Ealing before my train last week. So I thought I'd pop in. Ales weren't the most adventurous this time - Sharps Doom Bar, Sambrooks Wandle & Junction, Acorn Transatlantic IPA, Adnams Broadside & Explorer & Greene King Abbot. Ciders were Mr Whiteheads Beetroot Cider Hecks. There was also Thatchers Perry. When asked for a half of Perry, I ended up with a pint of Thatchers Gold! Ok for a swift pit stop.
blue_scrumpy - 13 Aug 2014 20:38
Yes it's OK: one of the better pubs, in the round, on the main drag through Ealing I'd say.

That's just it: if you sneak off to the quiet backwaters nearby there are some really nice places: Wheatsheaf; Haven; Castle; etc.
eddybeer - 14 Jan 2014 18:19
Like having a pint in the ground floor of an office block. Ale was cheap and just about drinkable
anonymous - 3 Jan 2014 19:43
Blimey! Not many pubs in these parts for the casual visitor. This one is ok. It's a Spoons and its cheap. Nice outside space. Poor ale selection. Staff indifferent. Ok is the best I can muster try as may.
Tuna - 16 Aug 2013 23:58
Have been in here a few times when passing. It's not ahuge Wetherspoons and never really seems to have an exciting ale range. Saturday's selection was St Peter's Golden Ale, Greene King Abbot, Caledonian Mild Mayhem, Rudgate Ruby Mild, Fullers London Pride, Adnams Broadside & Wychwood Hobgoblin. The cider was Westons Marcle Hill and the perry was also from Westons.
blue_scrumpy - 21 May 2013 19:15
It's a shame when Fullers are being challenged on home territory, let alone bested, by Spoons! What strange times we live in...
renzarov - 9 Feb 2013 10:12
Following up BeerGutt, I'd say any Spoons that provides consistently better beer than neighbours should be in the Beer Guide, irrespective of the range or the fact that there's lots of Spoons. Actually, this was an average Spoons in terms of beer quality, but still above the Fullers pubs in the Guide.
mtaylor40 - 15 Jan 2013 21:41
Average run of the mill spoons. Decent enough but nothing that makes it stand out from anywhere else. They did have seating out front which I guess would be fairly pleasant in the summer.

They had a sign up saying that they were in the Good Beer Guide 2013 however, I found the rage of beer to be fairly uninspiring. All Wetherspoons serve multiple real ales therefore in my opinion they have to have something a bit better to warrant an entry in the GBG.

All in all though worth a visit if you are in the vicinity! ! !
BeerGutt - 10 Dec 2012 10:54
went in prior to the Ealing beer festival recently. Never had a problem with the staff or the drink. Typical JDW and a decent pint of London Pride.
ng10 - 9 Aug 2012 14:37
Some of the staff think it's more their role & scene to chat to the punters than serve a queue, albeit of one. After complaint, I walked out on my half-pulled pint, the barman & the whole dump. It's still badly run, if cheap- like most Wethers!?!
renzarov - 8 Aug 2012 20:54
cheap beer and cheap food, had an early breakfast here one day and ended up leaving at 3 drunk. not a good idea
newirish - 21 Jul 2012 20:58
disaster of a pub, full of his knibs
formworker123 - 20 May 2012 12:18
Was in here Friday evening a week or two ago and no bouncer visible.
Busy but service good enough in the sense that they seem to try and take customers' orders in the order of arrival.
Good selection of guest beers, at least the 'Spoons standard.
Want a really CAVERNOUS Wetherspoons? Try The Lord Moon of the Mall in Whitehall.
_grobag_ - 10 Apr 2012 10:48
I've been past here many times on the bus. But I can't say I ever noticed there was a Wetherspoons here before. Of the 3 I visited last night, I would say it was the worst of the 3. Whilst I know it's Ealing on a Friday night, I'm not sure it required a bouncer on the door. Nevertheless, the ale range was not too bad, as there was a festival on - Hydes Owd Oak Dark, Thwaites Logan's Run, Brains Clock Tower, Titanic Nine Tenths Below, Wharfebank Wispa IPA, Moorhouses APA Special & Batemans Veto Ale. Ciders were Thatchers Traditional, Sandford Orchards Fanny Bramble, Westons Marcle Hill & Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon. The interior is fairly small for a Wetherspoons. But I did manage to find a table at the rear. Toilets are a fair jaunt upstairs and weren't in the best of states. Service was quick.
blue_scrumpy - 17 Mar 2012 11:14
Not one of the better Wetherspoons. Limited selection of beers/ciders compared to others. It's my local JDW so gone there many times after finding great beers in other branches only to find they're not available here.

Visited this pub in December with a group of ~ 6-8 and the bar service was very slow (even when it wasn't that busy).
mark555 - 15 Jan 2012 23:05
very small and unusual offering from the JDW chain,nice though with seven handpumps and the pint of Hydes Winter Fuggle(£2.35) was spot on,7/10
fat_beer_badger - 1 Jan 2012 16:17
A fairly small pub by JDW standards but well kept ales and decent food.
alexw - 26 Jul 2011 18:34
I know its a Withy but love the selection of real ales carried in this pub (as with all withys) heaven!
rogersmith - 21 Jun 2011 15:14
Not bad but your typical standard JD pub, a nice pint of Cider then was time to move on
thebeercritic - 12 May 2011 17:39
Often come here on Sunday evenings and find the service consistently good plus bar food like sandwiches likewise and promptly served. Also they have the Wetherspoons array of guest / real ales. Pleasant ambience and well kept toilets.
_grobag_ - 12 Apr 2011 18:40
This just has to be the worst-run pub in Ealing, or London, even! For instance & randomly:
The draught cider is on about 50% of the time only. The handpump is defective, & nothing is done to fix it. The young staff don't know how to serve it, nor that a cloudy pint is no good to anyone. Most of them don't know how to charge for it properly, either, treating it as a cheap guest ale. All this has to be pointed out to them by me, even down to how to access the right price code. (It's in 'bottled ciders' bizarrely, by the way...)
The pub regularly runs out of Sunday roasts. The kitchen staff frequently duff orders. Yesterday, I sat near a disabled lady who had received the wrong roast twice, I believe. Third time lucky? Afraid not, this arrived cold, & went back for re-heating. It was never seen again after 1/2 hour's wait, & she got a refund. Love her, she insisted on paying for the drink, which they managed not to cock up.
Whilst this was going on, I went to the bar. Not one barperson, as the solitary one was sorting the lady & her meal/refund. A dozen or so punters gathered before another staff member sauntered casually in & started trying to avoid serving by moving glasses around.
The men's cubicles' locks were broken for about 3 weeks recently, despite my complaining. Graffiti was everywhere, & the check sheet was left unsigned for 4 hours before bogusly being brought up to date.
Not long after the place opened in late 2008, I was denied access by a bouncer on a Friday night as I had a Tesco carrier bag containing beans etc- but also a bottle of vino. I had been in the pub several hours, popped out for the shopping, & came back at 9.30pmish. I asked him if thought I was going to open & drink from a corked bottle in the pub; he said n' but some people do. No offer of putting the bag behind the counter for the duration was made.
A few weeks after, I was denied access on a Sunday night, because I arrived at 11.01pm Wetherspoon's time instead of 10.59. I normally go by GMT/BST, which showed 10.58ish.
I also pointed out to the barmaids & management that it was probably violating health & safety legislation to allow single members of staff to move the cast-iron tables in from outside unassisted. The barmaids were completely thick about it, insisting they were strong enough. The manager didn't understand my point about injury/bogus injury & compensation claims.
Staff allowed 4 Polish thugs & their sluts to openly & loudly discuss the upcoming shooting of their homemade porno movie, right in the middle of a not-entirely empty, Sunday night. Even I was appalled, & moved away.
I could go on- but you probably get the picture!

renzarov - 29 Mar 2010 21:07
Its a weatherspoons.... you are never going to get the best service or the best clientel but its not bad as wetherspoons go.

Mid week its ok for a drink if you dont want to break the bank but friday and saturday night the bouncers come out which gives you an idea of what to expect. Its full of students and cheap drink. Mind you the only trouble i have ever seen there was actually a middle aged man who should have known better.
But then i have avoided being there for closing time on a weekend.

I think the term "you get what you pay for" applies perfectly here.
kaicat - 13 Nov 2009 15:13
Where to begin - Being a JDW the drinks are cheap but then again so is my mother in law and i wouldn't want to spend an evening in her company. So what is wrong with this pub?

Firstly, the bar staff are so rude that at first i thought i had walked into the pub with 'f**k you' written across my forehead. Once when i was with a couple of friends and indulging in a spot of light gambling on the quiz machine i was refused a drink on the grounds that it was late and they were no longer serving new customers (we had been there an hour and a half and the quiz machine is right in front of the bar).

As for the decor - nothing special but it would be nice if they lowered the lighting level from that produced by the Sun.

On the few occasions i have been there, there has been no trouble, so all in all not a bad place for a cheap beer - just not a very warmly place to spend an evening

Overall 4.0/10
leejobmod - 1 May 2009 11:30
Well yes it's a Wetherspoons so lacks character. But it's a slight cut above most of them and this being Ealing Broadway it's nice to have anywhere that you don't feel an old fart in over 30. Good pictures of the Ealing comedies too.
realalesnob - 28 Apr 2009 20:03
Efficient young and friendly bar staff, however a little B-O-R-I-N-G despite reasonable prices. Maybe ought to be renamed 'The Mausoleum' pub...
IsleIona - 14 Apr 2009 19:32
Visited this pub to-day. It's one of JDW's better ones. Slightly on the small side but tastefully decorated.

The staff were friendly and efficient and the food service was good. However one slight disappointment, there were only 2 'guest' ales on but these were £1.79 a pint which somewhat made up for it.

As with most Wetherspoons the toilets are upstairs which are approached up 2 narrow flights of stairs. The toilets themselves are quite cramped.

Outside at the front is a large covered open area with tables and seats to accommodate smokers.

In all worth visiting.
wyndham - 12 Mar 2009 19:50
great to see this place open again and back on some sort of decent form. it used to be a hogshead with a very good selection of beer and a pleasant atmosphere. sadly, it gradually faded into an awful sports bar with too many tvs and kids. eventually it closed a year or so ago.

now it's open again as a wetherspoons with a good selection of ales (deuchers ipa, spitfire, pride at less than £2 and green king ipa at 99p), a whole range of cheap shorts and wines and a simple but good looking menu.

the staff were efficient and friendly and the atmosphere was relaxed and pleasant. it has all the hallmarks of a wetherspoons - no music, tea and coffee all day, silent fruit machine and cheap beer and food. it does have a small tv in the corner but it was quiet and not distracting.

let's hope it keeps the kids out and becomes a decent addition to the dwindling range of good ealing boozers.
porcus_volans - 2 Feb 2009 13:52
very good pint of abbot in here ane i've heard good things about the guiness.
quality munch also. very friendly staff.
weston - 29 Jan 2009 16:23
Very nice pub with good history / local information panels. Typical that it opened just as I moved away from the area!!
robhealy - 24 Dec 2008 09:59
Nice friendly efficient staff - door staff very civil and held doors open, no attitude, just what you need. Clientele was very mixed, on a Friday night there were pensioners in there as well as young people on their way out to party. Bar prices good and toilets were clean. Shame it's so small, well not small compared to other pubs in the area but small compared to other J D Wetherspoon branches...
TheOpinionated1 - 23 Dec 2008 11:11
This place is smaller than the average Wetherspoons, but it has everything you’d expect from the large range of ale and standard lagers to the cheap food and pensioner crowd. There is some covered seating outside the pubs large glass frontage next to the main road.
Strongers - 22 Dec 2008 16:28

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