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Three Judges, Partick Cross

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OK but no more than that. The ale selection is good and largely Scottish but a preponderance of middle aged blokes on their own of a bank holiday Monday does not an exciting welcome make. A pint of Dark Moor Mild from the Kelburn Brewing Company was in good nick. One punter was 9/10ths of the way through Middlemarch.
BoehmBawerk - 13 May 2018 18:19
Just been in for a pint of the 10% Thomas Sykes Old Ale, from Burton Bridge. Any more of that and it will be a Happy New Year, what I remember of it.
jagsfan - 31 Dec 2014 18:31
Terrific find. Row of handpumps, all with interesting beers. The pub was very busy for a Monday night, so godk nows what it is like at weekends!
Wilson_MacDonald - 23 May 2014 22:04
Take the subway to Kelvinhall - cross the road and go into the Three Judges. That's all I need to say!
mcroyal - 20 May 2014 10:53
Pretty decent despite a rather bland interior. Lots of choice, with plenty of beers hailing from the north of the border, as they should.
plymouthpirate - 2 Dec 2013 22:10
Not the most welcoming place in the world but the range of ales available is pretty good.
I was also greeted with ""You're not getting served, I saw the way you staggered in", ok I had had 2 pints somewhere else but doubt I was staggering. If you don't get ejected immediately it is still quite hard to get a pint, the bar area is always chocka and no-one moves aside to let you in.
gr_wgtn_j8 - 19 Sep 2013 15:14
Old pub on cross-roads just east of Kelvinhall SPT station, with split level interior and a bank of ca 8 hand-pumps. This has been a regular place for our visits to Glasgow for several years. The beer range is excellent, covering plenty of styles, although the selection seems less adventurous now than it was 4-5 years ago. Doesn't really do food, though there'll sometimes be pork pies as a snack. Can get busy when service is bound to be slow, but we've always had a good time here.
Arctium_lappa - 26 Feb 2013 00:08
Excellent real ale outlet with expert landlord, always ready for an informative chat on the brews of Scotland.

Very handy if you're at Kelvin Hall etc. and only a short walk to good restaurants too.


eddybeer - 5 Feb 2013 10:44
A gem in the West End, no wonder it keeps getting listed in the british beer guide.

Corner plot pub bottom of Briars Road opposite Kelvinhall subway station.

9 ales on pumps & the ceiling above the bar is emblazoned with various pumps from previous beers, just to show you the volume of decent beers that passed through the pumps of this place.

Friendly, quick barman who was very much multi tasking and doing a great job.

Cracking pub that's worth including if you're in the area.
lezford - 28 Oct 2012 14:03
Should you be en-route to Glencoe for the weekend, and you happen to be passing through Partick looking for a Morrisons in order to negotiate the purchase of victuals to sustain you, should you find your grasp of the local geography to be somewhat limited, then you would be well recommended to drop into The Three Judges for directions and a pint.

An excellent corner pub with nine ales on offer. The locals are both friendly and helpful, and the barman most efficient. It was rather quiet as the visit took place early in the afternoon, and I can imagine it to be lively of an evening.

I had a pint of "Ochr Tywyll y Mŵs" ( 4.6% ) from Y Bragdy Mŵs Piws ( "Dark Side of the Moose" from The Purple Moose Brewery, for the non-Cambrian speakers ) served in tip-top condition, as was the Beartown Brewery "Black Bear". It would have been nice to have extended our sojourn for a wee while longer but Morrisons was tempting us with Square Sausage and other Caledonian comestible delights, and we still has a hundred miles to cover to our destination.

An excellent 8/10.
5thearlofwimbourne - 2 Nov 2011 15:49
Was recommended this pub as a must visit by some mates when I went up to Glasgow for a weekend.

Decent beer selection although come 6pm on Sunday evening alot of them were running out fast.

Staff were friendly enough allowing me to try before I bought and whilst it is worth visiting, as others have mentioned The Bon Accord in the City Centre I found to be a much better pub.

Opposite Kelvinhall Subway Station or 10 mins walk from Partick transport interchange.
Splodge68 - 8 Aug 2011 18:31
Certainly not the pub it once was. The staff in general and one in particular can be just downright rude. That would be tolerable if the beer was anything like the standard of a few years ago. As some have alluded to earlier, there is obviously no cellar cooling resulting in ridiculously warm beer during the warmer parts of the year - even in Glasgow! The ale range tends to languish around the Session Beer strength and at closing in on 3.00 per pint plus, is way over priced.
The Gents Toilets are a disgrace for this day and age.
I would strongly recommend Tennents Bar or Bon Accord over the Judges until the staff and MacLays turn things around - or at least try.

johnclark - 25 Aug 2010 11:21
I visited this pub again over the past weekend. It is excellent. There seemed to be a Northern theme to the beers available and I enjoyed a brew from Sheffield brewery, 1 from Durham Ales and the impressive Abbeydale Black Mass (at 6.66%).

The beers are kept in tip top condition without fail.

The pub itself is a basic boozer, but comfortable at that.

A must visit pub if you're in that part of Glasgow.
alexw123 - 23 Aug 2010 15:27
a good old one room booser- 6 real ales, 3 real ciders, ale kept in top condition.
Pour1Malt - 7 Jun 2010 10:18
Three drinking areas? There's a raised bit in one corner, and some seats aound the wall in another corner, but I'd call this a one-bar pub.
Great place though.
jagsfan - 11 May 2010 20:40
Great to return to the Three Judges today. Ten taps dispensing 6 ales mainly from micros. Beowulf Heroes, 4.7% excellent. Spacious bar with three drinking areas. Wood panelling throughout, quarry tiles around the bar; comfprtable decor and lighting. Quiet music in the background from Magic 105.4FM. Noted admission policy excludes children and "young persons". Lovely pub, well deserving of the awards it has won and regular inclusion in the Good Beer Guide.
lad_newton - 24 Apr 2010 19:55
went in to this pub on another visit to glasgow and was more impressed on this visit...excellent woodys cider and good range of beer on pump...the lass working beind he bar on the 13th march about 2pm was an absolute diamond and worked magic behind te bar
graybagsinburyonceagain - 15 Mar 2010 15:04
This place has a real old fashioned feel to it along with excellent beer. What would make it a perfect recreation of an old city centre boozer would be a haze of cigarette smoke to go with the old men in caps writing out their betting slips.
Snarling_Mallard - 12 Jan 2010 17:05
I'll pop in tomorrow night after we've beaten Ayr and see if he's still playing for Ipwich
jagsfan - 16 Oct 2009 10:36
he were on t'big screen on Match o' t'night, not behind t'bar you wazzock
bongobilly - 13 Oct 2009 14:04
Well, I've never seen Terry France behind the bar
jagsfan - 9 Oct 2009 22:00
'Pleasantl;y functional' Jagsfan? You'll be saying they're physically buoyant next
bongobilly - 9 Oct 2009 17:07
Great pub, one of my Glasgow faves. Staff are either pleasantly functional or friendly and the beer is always good.
jagsfan - 8 Oct 2009 13:24
Fantastic pub, good atmosphere great beer. I always come here when Im in partick. Great characters. Last time I was in, some unsavoury character tried to sell me a tv he was carrying.
ed_hill - 18 Aug 2009 10:24
The beer in here was very good when I went in, 8 ales on and good service . It didn't stink when I was there. The ale was actually better than The Tennants down the road which reads as the more popular pub on here.
Henners - 16 Aug 2009 19:50
visited this pub on a hot night last week

the smell was unbarable! we walked in and my friends glasses steamed up with the heat! if that was not bad enough, we then continued to the middle of the bar floor, and the smell hit us. it was so awful, we turned around and walked out gagging! Maybe something to do with the heat? however i will not be returning here and would not recommend it to anyone else!
Kd_90 - 18 Jun 2009 15:55
ZERO out of 20 for hospitality! My compadre & I attempted to partake of a libation on sat 13th jun in The Three Judges. We walked in (note, walked) & were promptly insulted by a bullet headed member of the bar staff.
"You're not getting served, I saw the way you staggered in. You've obviously been somewhere else."
We did not stagger in, yes we'd had a few drinks but were by no means drunk & most certainly not staggering. This barchap only turned to face us as we approached the bar, he had been facing the optics busying himself at the counter.
We appear to have been refused only because we weren't regulars. It was in fact our first venture into The Three Judges. This would appear to be borne out by the fact that we then proceeded to be served several rounds in the very welcoming Lismore (1st time), thereby continuing our evening of restrained drinking & quiet chat. Further staff training is obviously needed. Interpersonal skills especially.
No friendly, welcome at The Three Judges.

sachman1 - 15 Jun 2009 16:42
Had a great night in here last Saturday, and certainly can't agree with the opinion below. Beer was excellent, served at appropriate temperature in all cases, staff friendly and toilets acceptable.

Will be back next time I'm in Glasgow, for sure!
scissorkicks - 4 Mar 2009 17:08
A shame the new management feel the need to be rude and seem to have removed the cellar coolers. Warm beer, bad attitude, a filthy floor and stinking toilets aren't my idea of a pub to revisit. Better beer, better prices and much better staff up the road at Tennents.
fortyshadesofred - 12 Feb 2009 06:28
nice little pub right down the end of byres rd..had excellent beer on and the staff were efficient enough..well worth a look in if your walking down byres rd..not bad at all
graybagsinburyonceagain - 9 Apr 2008 13:45
Excellent real ale pub, with many rare-to-find beers in good condition, served at cellar temperature. This one-room pub is not big, and the beer is definitely the attraction here. Another attraction might be the Sunday afternoon live jazz.
Sigmund - 28 Aug 2007 18:22
I must agree unfortunately with the previous review.A great Glasgow Institution is not the pub it was.Most disappointing for me was the attitude of certain members of the staff.
Having been a regular in the pasts and returning after over a year away from Glasgow I was less than enamoured with what I assumed was the senior member of staff (Not Helen) whos brusque and unfriendly manner would have dissuaded many a visitor from returning for a second pint.
anonymous - 28 Jul 2007 11:39
As a real ale drinker of longer than my doctor will ever be told , the "Judges" was always high on the small list of pubs that were well worth the journey .
However , lately I have found the quality of the beer and the service to be of less than adequate.Firstly the beer.As has been mentioned by a previous reviewer,the cellar is obviously not chilled and this results in the beer being served at room temperature which during the spring and summer months can result in a tepid,flat pint that is nowhere neer the condition it would be if cellared correctly(probably not helped by the top pressure system they use to dispense with).
Some memebers of the staff seemed to be more occupied with the various dogs which are free to roam around the pub at will than the paying customers.
All in all if you prefer your beer well looked after and the surrounds canine free,I would recommend the wonderful Bon Accord or even Tennents over the Three Judges until they get their act together.
kennylyle - 22 May 2007 11:08
I'm giving the J3 Judges a trial run for my new local. The beer is the main thing for me and its ok here. As an English invader I am amazed they have any decent ales at all. (Not quite as good as back home, could be colder,) but this is a very good pub, nice staff who are happy to help and have a great relationship with their customers.
I have enjoyed all of my visits here and will be back again and again.
Molegrub - 20 May 2007 17:36
A visitor from south of the border seeking the local beers would be disappointed if my recent experience is anything to go by, since all the handpumped ales on sale were English. To be fair, these beers are comparatively rare in Scotland and a good selling point, particularly in as good a quality as in this bastion of good ale. It seems that bygone transport and real ale are a common interest. So,fortunately, the Museum of Transport is just down the road at Kelvingrove. On the way (or back) be sure to call across the road at the Lismore
Alerover - 26 Sep 2006 21:52
Best range of real ales, 8 guest ales that change sometimes daily. Obscure ales not well known brands
Jim McFarlane - 1 Mar 2005 15:47
Yep it is fabulous and an easy stagger down the road from the Uni. The girls toilets r a bit basic porbably becuase I don't think they get many (girls) but never mind, rarely a queue! If they have the ginger beer on try it its fantastic!
Holly1 - 28 Jan 2005 15:01
"the clientele are down to earth and as real as the ale"
I'll second that! 2 Pints of No.8 will see you right. Say a big hello to the Reasonable Club if you ever find yourself there on a Friday night.
A - 11 Apr 2004 21:04
recently refurbed - it has only improved. The beer selection is now bigger and better than ever and the clientele are down to earth and as real as the ale. Easily accessible (about 10 yards from Kelvinhall sube station) and at the bottom of Byres road - it provides the anchor point or end point of a west-end pub crawl. Pubs don't come much better than this....
Brian Hickey - 24 Oct 2003 21:18
Arguably Glasgow's best real-ale pub. Well worth a visit. Nearest metro station is Kelvinhall (it's close to the college)I have fond memories of a couple of pints in 1997 or 1998 when visiting Glasgow. Superb.
Lee Newton - Lee.A.Newton@jobcentreplus.gov.uk - 15 Sep 2003 18:04

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