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Masque Haunt, Old Street

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Pretty good spoons overall, at least when its not totally packed.
BeerOnlyMan - 4 Nov 2016 15:59
One of Shoreditch's best kept secrets. This concept bar aims to recreate the vibe of a chain pub, with associated drinks and food sold, tongue in cheek, to local media types, food bloggers, Vice Magazine etc.
Richard_ReadingFC - 19 Aug 2016 12:06
Had a decent breakfast here one morning. Seems like an okay Wetherspoons, though I didn't go during a busy time..
dpaajones - 4 Sep 2011 22:34
Had excellent beers on during festival. Further reports to follow.
Uncle_Dunkel - 27 Mar 2011 18:13
Basic Wetherspoons with limited guest ale's.
martins2 - 24 Dec 2010 07:31
still a dump full of spanners and down and outs enjoying low priced grog
bigbadjon - 15 Dec 2010 14:38
Chris_1982....that old boy who has worn the same jumper for over a year is actually an eccentric millionaire and once played bass guitar with The Alan Parsons project.
Mind you, he's really let himself go since their last World Tour back in 2002. His name is Vinny and smells as bad as he looks. Buy him a drink by all means but whatever you do avoid French kissing him. He'll not thank you and the taste will be with for days.
Oh, and the pub is shite!
Ladhimself - 10 Nov 2010 16:15
Not the best and not the worst Wetherspoon I've been in. Visited yesterday, World Cup football showing, and the guest beers I wanted were actually available. Didn't see any food but then I only eat in the Crosse Keys or Hamilton Hall JDW-wise.
TiaMariaJim - 15 Jun 2010 09:16
Is this a pub or a beer clip exhibition centre? Trying to get a pint from any of the 12 badged pumps turned into a bit of a lottery with each request answered with “it’s an old festival beer – they are all finished”. When I did finally come up with a winning choice, my pint was woefully short measured and attempts to get a top up were scorned by the most arrogant and rudest staff member whose lack of manners were matched only by his initial incompetence. A Cask Marque rep or Wetherspoon mystery shopper (they do have them) would have an absolute field day. I rearranged my early evening plans and went down the pub instead.
RogerB - 24 Nov 2009 10:33
I work around the corner from here, I pass it every day.

Old men all-day drinking frequent here every single day. One of them has had the same jumper on everytime I've seen him for a year!

If you want a cheap pint then pop in but prepare to be depressed in the atmos.
Chris_1982 - 20 Nov 2009 15:02
This is a large Spoons pub with the usual array of ales and standard draught products. During my short stay there was a mixture of office workers tucking into the cheap food and professional drinkers propping up the bar.

I wouldn’t go in here again as there are far better pubs in the area.
Strongers - 28 Aug 2009 23:34
food is consistently crap (when compared with Cross Quays for example).

rest of it is ok, smells a bit but most WS do, staff are cheery though and its always a good sign when they drink in their own bar.
thomasgx1 - 17 Jun 2009 17:21
Cheap prices considering proximity to The City.

Attracts all day drinkers from local estates.

When I worked nearby, there was a man in a wheelchair often seated outside with his pals drinking.and smoking. When I came out at lunchtime they were still there.

Artillery down the road is a better pub but a bit dearer.
ArhurPint - 1 Mar 2009 12:50
Without fail one of the better Wetherspoons pubs,The service was very good on all of my three visits,and the staff have manners,The ale was good and the food was hot on arrival, It appeared a sort of meeting place,before moving on,it as wheelchair access and a disabled persons toilet.also baby changing facilities,
BUTCH0207 - 2 Feb 2009 15:12
Not good. Half an hour wait for poor food and no horseradish or mustard (sachets) despite the fact that the Sunday roast was beef.
nrj746 - 12 Jan 2009 10:10
Nice choice of beers and the staff are friendly and cheerful. Enjoyable.
chick - 31 Dec 2008 14:10
Harsh words (hyperbole!) noted about the food.
If you are squeamish, then consider the "afternoon deal" fish and chips for £3.20 (as of 8 Dec 2008). I have savoured them a couple of times, found them perfectly edible and no ill after effects. Price also included a tea or coffee. Lower price for this than any of the other 4/5 Central London JDs I have visited in the last few months.
As noted elsewhere, wide range of guest beers and promos as well as the staple of cheap lagers such as Coors at £2.10 which I might add is perfectly potable.
Excellent :)
_grobag_ - 16 Dec 2008 17:22
This pub caters for the hardcore drinkers who queue up outside waiting for he doors to open. Stella Artois and a cheap fry up seems to be the order of the day at 9a.m

The drinks here are cheap and it does exactly what is says on the tin (tennants super) provides incredibly cheap booze for people that drink all day..

Not my local but alright if we have an early game at the weekends and want to get fuelled up with all the old boys in the pub beforehand. Wouldnt take my missus in there........or yours....
bigbadjon - 11 Aug 2008 13:57
The food is typical of a Wetherspoons pub - awful.
hooley - 12 Jul 2008 18:10
Came here to tick off another GBG pub. A few negative reviews on here but I decide on beer and this place had 9 on tonight and only Pedigree out of the usual real ales. Had a perfectly acceptable pint of Springhead Goodrich Castle, they had some beers from the forthcoming festival. OK it's a standard Wetherspoons but how many pubs in town have 9 real ales? Got to be worth an 8.
GuideDogSaint - 1 Nov 2007 01:05
Nothing special, but one of the better Wetherspoons in the area. Had a very nice pint of London Porter in their Fullers mini-festival at £1.79/pint - bargain!
rpadam - 26 Sep 2007 21:11
Used to come here on my lunch break during the winter. Drinks are bog standard and the pub has a typical wetherspoons atmosphere. The food is lousy though, I would strongly recommend you avoid it!
ST2004 - 3 Aug 2007 19:38
On beer quality this is one of the best Weatherspoons in the area, though lacks atmnosphere, like too many pubs in this chain has a corporate feel about it, like a supermarket or (heaven forbid) Harvester.
Ginger_Beard - 25 Mar 2007 00:59
I had a good time last visit on a Saturday afternoon. Grand Union bitter and Batemans Strawberry Fields on draught which both tasted good, and were only 179 a pint I think. From what I gather they usually have a beer from the Grand Union brewery. Food competently microwaved and fried. There was plenty of room at the back where the pub is quite light and airy.

Usual spoons negatives- low staffing levels, and a few scary looking career drinkers at the front of the pub.

anonymous - 21 Nov 2006 22:54
We visited this pub to-day. A typical bog standard Wetherspoons. Reasonable service, fair range of real ales, admittedly not very strong (all under 4.2%) other than the 'Abbott'.

A definite improvement on out last visit about 2 years ago when it was very crappy.
wyndham - 14 Nov 2006 23:19
Yep very Wetherspoons complete with clean loos and old men drinking cheap beer. Ales never excellent but generally fair to good. Service fine except at peak times, obviously. As Jamie suggests good for a pint and pub grub but not for a night out.
Harlap - 20 Jul 2006 15:36
Been here late afternoon after work. It's not bad. One of the better Wetherspoons.
garyatthebar - 29 Jun 2006 16:07
Average Wetherspoons. The selling point was the incredibly clean toilets, never seen anything like it!
drunkmarv - 6 Jun 2006 13:00
Passed here this morning - I swear to god, there were about 15 people in their draining pints. Mainly sad looking old men. Some had the decency to at least be having breakfast with it, but there was one old boy who looked like Compo, staring out of the window near the bottom of a pint with two empties in front of him.

It was 9.15am. Not a word of a lie. I have rarely been so depressed in my life. Cast a shadow over my whole day.
anonymous - 20 Mar 2006 17:14
Handy for food when there's none at the Artillery, long rectangular corner pub doing everything it says on the tin. Cheap guest beers, etc, but more of a place to have one pint & a bite to eat than somewhere to spend the entire evening.
jamie.nakin - 20 Dec 2005 18:21
Wetherspoon's attempts to compete in this area which offers many other excellent watering holes consists purely of cutting prices down to rock bottom. With beers and wines being sold at comparable prices to the Somerfield across the road from it - actually often better than Somerfield! (Every time I have been either a mainstream pint or decent bottle is under £1.50 - last time Stella £1.09 a whack!) - but you really can't knock it.
Not one for atmosphere or a great night out, but for amazing value food and drink it hits the spot
Alan - 8 Dec 2003 20:13
A rather better-than-average Wetherspoon's pub on the corner of Old Street and Bunhill Row. Handy for the "food stop" on a pubcrawl of the many fine pubs in this area. I can vouch that all my visits to this pub in the last 3 years or so have been enjoyable, with both the food and the beer being of good quality.
Lee Newton - Lee.A.Newton@jobcentreplus.gov.uk - 20 Oct 2003 16:44

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