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Over 20 posts now - from Boffin, about the same RB pub.
Sad init...
randolf7 - 6 Apr 2018 21:47
Its still the same!
BestBeerBoffin - 6 Apr 2018 17:05
A fairly typical Wetherspoons, located in a busy part of town.
BestBeerBoffin - 1 Feb 2018 17:05
Some catching up to do! I went here on Sunday and had the cheese and tomato panini, on Monday I had the veggie Texan Burger and today I opted for the Lasagne! I had a pint of real ale on each occasion! You can even sit by the windows and watch the traffic and people walking past.
BestBeerBoffin - 5 Sep 2017 17:25
Today I went to Wetherspoons in Guildford and had fish and chips with mushy peas and curry sauce. I Even had a pint of Abbot Ale to spice things up. You can sit at one of the many tables in this big pub.
BestBeerBoffin - 1 Sep 2017 17:12
Today I went to Wetherspoons in Guildford and had a vegetable curry. I also had a pint of American IPA and sat at a table and you can even watch people walking past outside.
BestBeerBoffin - 31 Aug 2017 17:10
Today I went to Wetherspoons in Guildford and sat at a table and you can even watch people walking past and it was raining. I had a Veggie Texas Burger and a Pint of Real Ale. It was too busy today though.
BestBeerBoffin - 30 Aug 2017 17:50
Well, I must say it takes longer and longer to clean tables than ever. Not impressive! The new get yourself cutlery idea isn''t all bad but are the staff just becoming more lazy? Average spoons
BestBeerBoffin - 18 Aug 2017 19:48
It is reliable and will never be massivley let down here. The blue moon is also a good a beer.
aleman - 12 Aug 2017 20:36
I had a pint of beer and a Burrito someone served me and sat at a table by the window and you can even watch people walk past, that is what happens!
HeavyBeerPubDrinker - 27 Jun 2017 17:53
Excellent range of real ales and they are good value. The food is also good value.
HeavyBeerPubDrinker - 8 Jun 2017 18:57
First pub on a mad hot Saturday in June. Staff seemed find and friendly, nothing wrong with the food. (About 1pm) Later visited at 5pm and no seats and seemed a nightmare, definitely don't go later in the day if you want food. Maybe the wait is ok if you just want drinks.
BestBeerBoffin - 3 Jun 2017 18:10
The staff seem more useless than usual. Seem to be employing a lot of novices, i'm easy going and patient, but they keep charging more than they should when it is very basic. Staff must improve as must the cleaning of the tables. The meals on the other hand are good and consistent.
BestBeerBoffin - 11 May 2017 17:39
Recently given the 5 star food hygiene rating, shame about the filthy tables. Attracts the numpties of society, ashame as it has a good selection of real ale.
BestBeerBoffin - 1 May 2017 16:57
Today (21st April 2017) I popped into The Rodoboro Guildings in Buildford and sat at a Table and Had some Fish and Chips for Fish Friday. I even had some Mushy peas and watched people walk by while drinking a nice pint of Greene King Abbot Ale. There was nice women working here too.
BestBeerBoffin - 21 Apr 2017 19:19
Santell - see your vet soon...
wealdman - 6 Apr 2017 18:01
This is Randy Santel (Atlas) With Atlas and Zeus promotion and proud owner of ****** This afternoon I was very very excited as I went to Rodoboro Buildings in Shitford and attempted the Hot Extra Big Curry Challenge - including Onion Bhajis and Poppadoms. I sat at a table and Jenny served me and you can even look out of the window and watch people walking past. I had 20 minutes to complete the challenge but finished the curry in 15 minutes and got my free t-shirt and shall go on the wall of fame. I also had a pint of beer.
Randy_Santel - 6 Apr 2017 17:48
U bastard that was going to get 2million views
Randy_Santel - 3 Apr 2017 16:08
Reasonable ale, lots of choice and £2.50 for an ale is better than anywhere else. Can't complain too much, staff tend to be young and a bit immature and as its a wetherspoons u can guarantee dirty tables but its still good. 9/10
BestBeerBoffin - 27 Mar 2017 17:00
The place was very disappointing this Sunday. Staff seemed all over the shop pouring a beer while chatting away to staff members. Indeed the staff were much more interested in chatting among themselves than serving customers. Pretty poor, I know the staff tend to change regularly and its much worse at weeekends as its full of students. Could be much better!
HeavyBeerPubDrinker - 5 Mar 2017 17:09
Today I went and sat at Table Number 81 and someone served me and I ordered some food and a beer and you can even sit by the window and look outside at the people walking past. Seriously though, I did come here and have lunch and drink some real ale here today. As for the pub itself it is a good spoons which gets too busy at times, but still OK.
BestBeerBoffin - 19 Feb 2017 21:14
Despite the somewhat mixed reviews it seemed reasonable to visit the Wetherspoons in Guildford today. I sat upstairs and the service was actually fast, efficent and good quality. The Texan Veggie Burger did what it said on the tin, while the real ale choice was very good. Much better when the staff are friendly and the tables are clean.
BeerOnlyMan - 26 Oct 2016 19:23
Run Down and Tired, dreadful at the moment, only worth it for the cheap beer and drink but they cant cook a decent fish and chips. They cant clean tables either and struggle to serve customers. Its gone down in my estimation.
MrReasonable - 14 Oct 2016 17:42
I went here today and yesterday for lunch. The food isn't especially interesting but does at least have more choice and is tastier than most other pubs have to offer. This pub also has better drinks selection. Just avoid the very boring Doom Bar, Hogs Back TEA and Greene King IPA which are all not very interesting beers at all.
HeavyBeerPubDrinker - 19 Aug 2016 16:19
Visited here Sunday the 7th of August. They had a Brazilian real ale available. It was a nice light tasting ale at 4.8%. Pretty nice to go with the Olympic Games. I also had a Mexican burger and sat at table 13. You can even sit and watch people walk by if you sit by the window, this is what I did today.
MrBeerMan - 7 Aug 2016 16:19
The Rodboro Buildings is a landmark Guildford building at a busy traffic junction near the centre of the town. Inside, is a rambling Wetherspoons with a few distinct drinking areas over 2 floors. The effect is modern, with exposed ducting. With so much space and even with plenty of customers, it didn't feel busy. Bar staff do a good job of serving people quickly. The ale selection was Sharps Doom Bar, Greene King IPA & Abbot, Firebird American Pale Ale, Hogs Back TEA, Everards/Mad Fox Defender, Gold Mark Liquid Gold, Triple fff Alton's Pride & Little Beer Corporation Little Haka. Ciders were Orchard Pig The Hogfather & Westons Old Rosie. Certainly one of the better pubs in Guildford.
blue_scrumpy - 31 May 2016 19:46
Saturday lunch time, 4 adults & 3 children, food arrived quickly, was piping hot & very good. Each meal with a drink for the cost of £35. Excellent, thoroughly enjoyable.
assortedcreams - 16 Jan 2016 21:10
Typical Wetherspoons. Huge, inside & outside drinking, 8 or more real ales on. Right opposite the station.
Trev - 1 Aug 2014 18:57
For me, Wetherspoons establishments fall into one of two categories: they can be very good; or pretty appalling. This one is very good. There is always a good range of ales (if not on the bar facing the door, then try the bar at the side) which are generally well kept and always at a good price. In keeping with most Wetherspoons they indulge in the practice of keeping the pump clip facing front long after the ale has finished, but that's my only gripe.

The pub gets busy and has a MUCH younger clientele at night especially at weekends, but you can see that before you go in. A good score from me.
alexw123 - 16 Dec 2013 13:01
Not usually my most soughtafter 'spoons but on the occasion of their recent beer fest they excelled themselves and the choice was excellent and all pumps were on
Steamer1 - 3 Nov 2013 21:57
Enjoyed a fine fish and chips here and the beer I had was spot on, excellent value and if you can put up with it occasionally being crowded it is worth going regularly.
EyeOfTheTigerBeer - 13 Apr 2013 17:58
Ahh lets write another pub review on this shitty pub review website! The wetherspoons branch contains a decent choice of real ale at reasonable prices, indeed very cheap prices. The Alton ale today was in good shape, although I was tempted by the Ruby Ale.
JabbingJubbly - 2 Feb 2013 14:21
Cheap food but not especially cheerful. The new menu was recently released but is not much of an improvement on the old version. By the way Eye of the Tiger beer you dont have to visit this chain. I'd come here for a cheap bite but only any fun when its not too busy the beer is value for cash.
VisitSomeCrazyPubs - 11 Dec 2012 20:02
Reasonably good 'spoons which I had avoided previously given its apparent reputation of an evening, but it was ok to go with family for lunch on a Saturday. Although the upper floor is not very accessible for an infirm person and the downstairs was full. Food was good and came very quickly (suspiciously so?). Beer was some pleasant dark beer.
rainlight - 20 Oct 2012 20:43
Was just testing to see if my stupid post got removed!!

My real opinion is this a good place to go for beer and and food, excellent value!!
EyeOfTheTigerBeer - 28 Sep 2012 15:01
The bar staff here are not Interested in serving ,they believe that a customer is somone who Interupts their little chats. The Ale is chilled and gives real ale a bad name, if I want something frozen I would use Iceland( i'm given to understand that they specialise in freezer stuff). Clearly the Area Manager is not up to scratch otherwise this pub could not be run so badly.ZERO out of ten,the worst standard Wetherspoons that I've been in for over a decade.AVOID !
slerpy - 25 Sep 2012 19:32
Suck My ****
EyeOfTheTigerBeer - 14 Jul 2012 18:55
Could and should be better. Food and service is good, but they dont clean up the tables.
EyeOfTheTigerBeer - 10 Jun 2012 20:33
Large spoons with a modern loft/warehouse feel to the interior. handy for the station. Service seemed OK but I was in a t a quietish time. Reasonable selection of ales, but could no joy from the wifi.
Uncle_Dunkel - 29 Nov 2011 17:47
Disorganised behind the bar.

Plastic glasses after 8.000PM? No thanks.
marinaman - 3 Oct 2011 15:16
I used to come here quite often but i now travel further afield as it always has poor ales and bitters on offer although there well kept the buyer seems to only prefer really strong flavours but if your one of the few that like these this is the place for you i wouldn't recomend eating here as the breakfasts are allways cold as is there other food but i guess it would be ok for salad but if i was you i would travel to other wetherspoons as the food and ales are usualy great in most of them
neverendingpubsearch - 29 Jun 2011 11:02
wetherspoons...cheap as chips...good ales...full of people with one aim in mind...no need to spell it out...if going out for a session...go for it...the drawback is that it's on Bridge st...the OK Coral of Guildford...
d.franks - 28 Apr 2011 20:06
Decent enough beer on offer (some of the beer festival ones were 1.85 a pint)

Let down by being dirty and generally run down.

"Interesting" customers a large group of whom felt the need to have a high volume swearing and "handbag" fight in the road outside the place last night.

Needs security door staff to keep the idiots out.
beershot - 11 Apr 2011 15:23
Are we talking golf ??
anonymous - 8 Mar 2011 10:53
I went in here for a quick pint whilst shopping in Guildford.
None too clean pub, with too few staff.
A lack of choice in the real ale selectiion, but a pint of "fff" Alton Pride bitter quenched my thirst.
jbsjazzer - 10 Dec 2010 15:01
Large street corner Spoons between Guildford Station and town centre, best avoided on weekend evenings when it becomes far too busy for comfort. It is done out to emphasise it's industrial heritage and is on several levels.

It does not have quite the range of guest ales that Woking's spoons has, but a pint of Titanic New York Wheat Porter was in great nick and at the Beer Festival price of 1.90 a week early!

We eat standard Wetherspoons' fare but unfortunately, as mentioned below, the cutlery was watermarked and offputting, as was the air con blasting away on a cold October Sunday and the bawling of several brats echoing trough the pub. We did not stay long.
flashharry1965 - 26 Oct 2010 11:12
Oh dear, it is ashame to have to report back so soon but im afraid today was the last straw, awful awful service took 20 minutes for anyone to appear then they just serve the first guy they see, while i've been waiting for ages a complete joke!!

Not to mention the complete and utter dirtyness of this pub, sticky floors, dirty tables, dirty cutlery..children running around everywhere, ive complained enough but dont wish to return until it improves... maybe a few months time.
DrinkingJoeFrazier - 31 Jul 2010 22:03
In the centre of the town of Guildford. This pub is a large Wetherspoons, many tables are situated for diners or just drinkers, I feel the place is a little grubby and could do with a real good old clean up. Dirty tables and not very clean cutlery on visit. Could do better, excellent Anastasia Stout however.
DrinkingJoeFrazier - 24 Jul 2010 22:02
As a regular at this pub I can honestly say that it has improved greatly over the past couple of years, both in terms of the staff (who are always friendly and efficient even when under pressure) and the quality and selection of the real ales which are now consistently good. Best avoided on Friday and Saturday evenings after about 8pm, though - and strangely at a similar time on a Monday when Guildford's student population has a night out - when anyone over 25 feels ancient and the music is deafening!
ace1973 - 20 Jun 2010 14:20
Was here early for a pint and the big breakfast, like a lot of JDWs good, but not brilliant, I wish the food could be just be a little warmer. Got served very quickly and the staff were friendly and courteous. The real ales were very good however and of course very reasonably priced. Quite a cavernous pub and the building itself is quite interesting, they used to make cars here once upon a time.
Abteilung - 30 May 2010 12:30
really quite disgusting the tables were a sticky mess and there was rubbish all over the floor. very poor indeed. needs a massive makeover.
drinkers_paradise - 30 May 2010 10:45
Great building, and tastefully done out. Everything you'd want from a Spoon except possibly the location. (Bang in the middle of a gyratory, with other favourite Trixie watering holes on the other side of the busy road !) Without the pavement barriers, the WKD fuelled death toll would be like a Kabul car bomb every weekend ! Shame the choice of ales was a bit restricted, but the staff as per usual, were 99% knowledgable about real ale. Plus we got to sit upstairs and watch sober people trying to commit suicide by running the red pedestrian lights ! (It's a Lloyds by the way, which means after 6-ish, Jeckyl turns to Hyde, with dimmer lighting, dumber music, and scrums of Ben Sherman's eying up scantily clad jailbait !) - Enjoy !
watsonworld - 23 May 2010 17:24
cracking good building, worth a look around. Food was very average, and staff were nothing special, those that spoke English
The range of beers was good but not the best kept and this is far from the best Weatherspoons I have tried.

GarmischP - 23 May 2010 11:06
Staff continuing to make a mess of a few orders here. They are at least friendly at the moment and will be generous about changing your pint/food.
BestBeerBoffin - 16 May 2010 09:48
Staff continuing to make a mess of a few orders here. They are at least friendly at the moment and will be generous about changing your pint/food.
BestBeerBoffin - 16 May 2010 09:48
went in last week mid-day one of the better lloyds/spoons i have been in. abbot ale was good. would go again if in guildford
forestwood - 11 May 2010 20:31
Excellent beer at the moment and I recommend the Coconut Porter.
drinkers_paradise - 19 Apr 2010 14:57
This is an very, very strange pub that has a number of personalities.

During the day, it's a mix of died-in-the-wool drinkers, families and students/ youngsters. The food is adequate without worrying Michelin. In the evening on the weekend, it's rammed with people with indecent lack of clothing (which works for me!), banging music and is packed.

But, with all of this, it works. It's a great building in a handy location and the staff seem to actually care more than you'd think they might.

The beer is cheap, oh so cheap, and the it's very well kept.
onslowresident - 29 Mar 2010 19:51
Large pub, with plenty of corners in which to hide if you wish.
A pint of Greene King Flanners Tackle yesterday was just fine.
martins2 - 28 Feb 2010 16:17
"Wireless internet access (provided by The Cloud)"

And does the cloud also provide the real ale? Going by the pint of cloudy honey beer today i think so. Shall avoid for ale in future.

BestBeerBoffin - 20 Feb 2010 19:27
Gone downhill. Scrappy service. Ordering real ale was a hassle. Avoid unless alternatives.
BestBeerBoffin - 6 Feb 2010 16:39
A pretty good spoons, but i've found it can be a problem place to come especially for food since the place can get busy, not exactly steaming with customers just the staff all seem stressed out and the tables are genereally a tip. It is pretty disgusting having to sit at tables for 20 minutes with old food plates. Unloved in many ways, but having said that i'd be back as the ale is good and reasonably priced.
JohnOcean - 18 Dec 2009 13:31
Not quite sure why this is branded as a Lloyds No. 1 as it has much more of a regular 'spoons look and feel to the place. A large two-level, L-shaped layout with a least three bar areas; however, each of these seems quite small which I guess accounts for the difficulties mentioned below about getting served during busy periods. A large number of handpumps, but many duplicates so the real ale choice isn't quite as large as it first appears. However, overall this is one of the better ones (and is handy for a quick pint if changing trains at the nearby station).
rpadam - 21 Nov 2009 10:24
The wife & I, being retired, tend to avoid the busy night times, but find it a pleasant watering hole. Good selection cheap beers, good service, friendly staff and cheap food which for the price we consider good value for money.

assortedcreams - 18 Nov 2009 19:54
Definitely one of the better Spoons. Clean and tidy and plenty of space on different levels. Must have had 6-7 festival beers on in decent condition.
GuideDogSaint - 7 Nov 2009 21:32
Good Spoons but getting a little run down now, the inside needs a Gordon Ramsay style face lift.
GuildfordAndWoking - 23 Sep 2009 15:38
Quick visit last night before getting the train home. The place was packed and the vibe was friendly. A definite improvement on last time.

The beer I had (King's Harvest) was very good - shame I had to run off.
GrahamA - 11 Sep 2009 15:06
A fine spoons.

It scores well on the 'Scores on The Doors' report and all.

So worth eating and drinking here.

Becks was 99p at one point.
best_pub_in_city - 21 Jun 2009 19:51
Reasonable spoons,Ruddles,Abbot and 4 local guests,2 by Weltons,and 1 each from Pilgrim and Waylands. Sticky floors and the wifi didn't work. Ok if you're changing trains.
an_ecunemical_matter - 12 Apr 2009 15:09
spoons spoons spoons.

lovely cheap beer 10from me :)
kegger22 - 6 Apr 2009 19:49
Sold out of San Miguel they have sold too many bottles at 99p! dont worry you can get becks for 99p instead!
TheSurreyPubMan - 15 Feb 2009 12:56
I have now made three or four visits during the day and each time I've found it an enjoyable relaxing experience. The beer (in my case Pedigree) has been excellent and the food was fine in relation to the price, as Wetherspoons go this is a good one - I don't know what it's like in the evening though I imagine it's pretty busy.
Reasonedview - 11 Jan 2009 23:39
Good food all day, cheap beer- what you'd expect from a 'Spoons. Probably the best pub in Guildford town if you're in a large group and want to sit down together.
beerywilf - 19 Nov 2008 21:19
A place I certainly enjoy to visit when I can. So many delightful ales to choose from and the food is good value too. Even if its crowded the chances are you shall find yourself a seat if you look hard enough. Well done Lloyd's.
BigAleDrinkhead - 26 Oct 2008 12:09
Despite being labeled a Lloyds 01 from the outside, the Rodboro appears to have more in common with a normal Wetherspoons (the 300th Spoons to be opened so the sign proudly proclaims). The building was once the factory for Dennis Brothers who made specialist vehicles (Coaches, Fire Engines etc) and the building was the first purpose built vehicle factory in Britain. Whilst not particularly appealing from the outside, the vast split level interior has many interesting aspects with the main bar partly situated in what was originally an open courtyard, now glazed over. It may be quite cavernous inside but there are plenty of pillars and posts to break up the open spaces. The sunken corner sofa lounge will appeal to those who prefer to sink into luxurious leather. They generally have 4 standard Spoons Ales + 2 guests - quality is fine but staff need to pay more attention in the short measure department. They can also be very slow at clearing tables and the food service can also be particularly sluggish, even when they are not particularly busy. Upstairs is a separate balcony bar albeit there is less choice on the ale front than the main bar. The Rodboro is certainly one of the more interesting and unusual Wetherspoons but is slightly let down at times by the inefficient staffing.
RogerB - 15 Oct 2008 14:07
Yeah, can't beat it. Its what you expect, its what you get, the food is alright, this isnt some posh restaurant after all. And you'll always find new beers to drink here.
BestBeerBoffin - 19 Sep 2008 10:18
Just passing by, popped into the ol' Lloyds Bar for a quick half and a quick bite. Met up with old friend Stella (always a pleasure). The Indian curry was a microwave special, but quite palitable and edible, and it conveniently filled the required hole.
Pleasant enough early evening atmosphere in the "Rodboro" so i stayed for another liquid refresher. Bar staff forgot to lock a side door, so when i went to the gents toilet on the ground floor i ended up in a broom cupboard...! (I got away with it at the time, so nobody knows...)!
Nice 'daytime' pub, 6.5 out of 10. TJ
TeeJay - 30 Jul 2008 20:21
Claims to be cheaper in the selling of almost all beverages than other Guildord bars and pubs. You can't beat that, the quality is not worse.
TheSurreyPubMan - 9 Jul 2008 17:20
What a big pub! I think SilkTork has summed it up nicely. Barstaff efficient enough. Plenty of room. But they didn't show live football, only 'Sky Sports News' when i popped in the other Saturday. Not sure i like the sound of the over-zealous 'door managers' in the evening though! Maybe i'll just stick to the George Abbott... 5/10 TJ
TeeJay - 12 May 2008 15:57
Huge corner pub with acres of space on three levels. The building was originally built as a car factory for the company that now makes Dennis fire engines. The view from the upstairs window is of the concrete shopping centre and a dual carriageway, but the pub interior is stunning. Great choice of beers, excellent food, great seating, good atmosphere. It's a good place.
SilkTork - 8 Apr 2008 23:55
One of the better Wetherspoons. Huge interior, divided up quite nicely on various levels. Usual choice of beers, decent services although sometimes the bouncers are a bit overeager.
SheffieldMickey - 2 Mar 2008 22:36
A very large Wetherspoon's pub near the station. The main lounge is on 3 levels and is dominated by huge pillars and large trunking for its heating/air conditioning. There is a first floor which is well above the main lounge and has its own bar. The beer and food is the usual Wetherspoon's fare but I had Woodforde's Wherry and Beartown Bear Ass which were both very nice. The pub is spacious and generally comfortable. When I was there, early Friday evening, it full of young people i.e. younger than me! Although it was dark and grissly outside, it was still rather dull and gloomy inside, some might call it moody! Very unusual pub which is well worth a visit.
boozers_knows - 17 Oct 2007 20:46
I missed the brilliant 'Peep Show' on Channel 4 (hooray for the E4 repeat) to come here Friday night (4 May). Bouncers gave me no trouble on the door and I headed to the upstairs bar, where I was served fairly quickly. A Magners cost me 3.10 and the atmosphere seemed relaxed, if not lively in quite bright surroundings. It was not too packed either.

The numerous tables and chairs away from the area in front of the bars meant that people generally stayed in cliquey groups once they had brought drinks.
There was, however, a few youngish female talent in some of these groups which made great "eye candy".

Unless you include the main area in front of the downstairs bar, there appeared to be no dance floor, which I found surprising given the commercial tunes being blasted out and the huge video screen showing the songs being played. Another surprise was that Lloyds shut at 11.00pm, unlike Flares or Yates for instance.

In short, this place is fine to start off the night in the Bridge St area of Guildford for some relatively cheaper drinks. Yet the layout of the place creates a cliquey environment lacking some atmosphere, which makes it difficult to search for H-Files.

Searching_for_H_Files - 9 May 2007 11:30
Had lunch here on Saturday, one of the regular places to go for lunch in fact as its just very cheap. Has the 2 meals for 6.49 on offer, which makes the most sense. The food is fairly basic but its what you'd expect from such a place.

Generally find the chips they sell here to be worth avoiding but maybe some people like them. Generally better in the daytime than the evenings, as i've said before the door people here are a bit funny
anonymous - 10 Dec 2006 16:15
Nice beer and good food. I prefer regular Wetherspoons to these Lloyds places, but still - it was better than the Edward's place near by!
edrok666 - 10 Dec 2006 11:35
The bouncers could do with learning some manners. Getting shoved out of this place after showing valid ID, isnt friendly. They could at least give a reason why, but they clearly make up their minds and decide they dont want you anywhere near the place
aleman - 5 Oct 2006 14:16
Before the evening crowds descend it's still just about possible to get served a well kept, well priced pint, and still make it to the bus. Luckily I've never found the staff rude and always been impressed by the trouble most of them take to actually fill the glass!
thirstybob - 2 May 2006 20:47
Ok during the day when there arent a thousand people in a space big enough for a hundred, despite it being huge. Gone seriously down hill since it became lloyds. Rammed to the doors by 8pm most days. at 21.20 the music is turned up so loud you have to scream at the person next to you to be heard. Weekends are now marred by "theme nights", such as back to school....
sjmtlewy - 21 Dec 2005 23:46
Food good value, fairly average though. Staff unfriendly and at times rude.
janice405 - 9 Dec 2005 15:25
Service can be slow when it's busy but the beer (and cider) is nearly always excellent and _very_ affordable. If the beer is off they'll change it, no fuss. It's close to both bus and railway. Food is good value. What a place.
thirstybob - 26 Nov 2005 19:16
been herea couple of times. nice food and a good selection of beer. very spacious and like other comments HUGE!
seanyoo - 26 Sep 2005 12:54
An absolutely huge pub and it's easy to see why it's such a big draw. Friday and Saturday nights are just a sea of people though if you're reasonably patient getting served isn't too much of a problem.
wezmiester - 17 May 2005 21:18
Excellent value food and drink, IMHO far better atmosphere than most Wetherspoon pubs. Im not convinced by the conversation to Lloyds, it used to get busy and noisy enough before at weekends and now with the music being blasted makes conversation hard. However still an excellent and popular pub.
anonymous - 17 Apr 2005 18:57
Top drinky, crazy low pricy. Excellent selection of real eh? such as Kabutz Ale and P45. Irresponsably low prices for double and mixers so feel free to get hammered, drive home and smack the wife around a bit. Good place to meet up withs loads of friend. Stringent door policy means that anyone attempting to gain entry without ID will be forcibly removed to Yates. On the downside has retained Weatherspoons policy of serving incredibly squashed food, on occation the height of food may rise above 1cm (0.326 inches). Morale: blow your wad on drinky
Meaver - 1 Mar 2005 18:46
Great place, fantastic drink prices! A lot better now it's Lloyds, now got music! Gets very over capacity on Fri & Sat because they have 2 entrances and no way to monitor numbers! They have a lot of bar staff at weekends so get served pretty quickly.
Ash666 - 26 Feb 2005 17:10
Much more chilled now than when it was Wetherspoons. Food is now cheaper if you "buy one get one free" of which there is a decent selection. Unfortunately, the third person, or the person who wants burger, has to pay the full whack. Drinks are still reasonable though. TV screens are nice but there was something good about the old way with no music. Yet to visit on a Friday/Saturday night but I guess it's still heaving. Agree with Russ, I think it was better as Wetherspoons.
fivepints - 6 Jan 2005 08:58
No real change from the old version. More or less the same style of furniture. Can now get San Miguel in a pint format which is a bonus. Better TV screens as well. They do seem rather more strict though about how people behave
aleman - 21 Sep 2004 22:01
Has indeed re-opened as a Lloyds. During the 2 weeks they took to refurbish it, they appear to have stripped out all the furniture and replaced it with near-identical stuff. They re-painted it in subtly different colours. They also appear to have replaced all the staff, with the result that nobody knows how anything works...

Drinks are priced similarly, but they have a new upmarket menu.

It now has music, which seems to have suceeded only in making everyone raise their voices more. With the result that you can't hear the music.

I think I preferred it as Wetherspoons...
Russ - 11 Sep 2004 23:10
Is closed at the moment for refurbishment. Rumour has it that it will re-open as a Llyods Bar.
gge - 25 Aug 2004 11:26
Good place for cheap drinks. a wide range for a pub (the widest range, of course, is from the off-licence but that doesn't stop you going to a pub every now and again. Quite a relaxed atmosphere but not too staid either. Just a word of warning: it can get very crowded, even on Thursday night.


Will - 3 Aug 2004 12:58
A nice spitfire. Drink spitfire all day here for a very cheap price. You can never get enough spitefire at wetherspoons
aleman - 3 Aug 2004 11:17
The staff are really awesome in this pub.
Ali Howson - 29 Apr 2004 16:06
Cheap beer and very big! full of students.
Lee - 16 Apr 2004 20:32
Good if you're on a tight budget. Reasonably well run, but rammed with teenagers and students because it's cheap!
jackie_sunshine - 2 Mar 2004 21:48
As with all Wetherspoons pubs I've visited, this one is very good. Great choice of real ale at a very real prices. The food too is excellent value for money - I've paid a lot more for worse.
It seems that most of the other comments are from 'night-visitors' - but all my many visits have been at lunch time (only one negative point; there was an unacceptably long queue at the upstrairs bar - but service was quite quick after the order was taken)
Highly recommended!
Malcolm Cornwall - 7 Feb 2004 17:29
The place is big, which is about it's only merit other than some of the only reasonable beer in town. Takes far too long to get served though, the food is crap, it's rammed with teens, the bouncers frequently ID people in their mid 20's but seem to let in the kids, tables are never cleared fast enough and are normally sticky. Yuck.
ANoN - 29 Jan 2004 15:58
This is a decent pub in an attractive building, and the layout means you can get away from the masses even though it's such a big place. The vast bar means the bar staff are spread thinner than marmite and it takes an age to get served. Also, you will be barged about by ignorant teenagers - but at least they're all over 18, since anyone without one of the two forms of ID they demand will be eaten by the mad-eyed female bouncer.

The food here is excellent and cheap, and on a Friday or Saturday night the place is full of giggly young women and desperate young men all making lots of eye contact. I find that kind of thing entertaining.
thegooddoctor - 11 Jan 2004 12:49
Cheep on food and drink, no bad music (well no music). Not easy to get served but can't complain for the price!
OpheliaImmortal - 23 Dec 2003 14:22
If you have a free evening go here and waste it trying to get served!
monty - 28 Nov 2003 16:30
This pub gets really full, but only because you cannot get served.


anonymous - 18 Oct 2003 01:58
If you want to fit in with Guildford teenagers, refer to this place as "Spoons".
Vindaloo - 23 Aug 2003 12:23
One of the cheapest pubs I know, especially on a Monday evening. Normally bulging with people on Friday & Saturday nights but otherwise a good all-round family pub.
James - 4 Aug 2003 00:32
Cheap beer, great variety, good food, though it can get very crowded in the evening. Best time to go there is early evening or lunchtime, when it's mostly deserted and the service is quick.
Russ - 2 Aug 2003 10:24
I forgot about the bouncers! Picture the scene, we had just beaten the Argies 1-0, the nation was in high spirits and I wasn't allowed in because I had a St Georges Cross on my shirt!!
Pitiful!
mattleross - 27 Jun 2003 10:12
very strict on the door, im 25, and the doormen can sometimes be a bit up themselfs, i have never been i.d in guilford (at least for the past six years) i have lived there all my life and most certainly look my age, but was told i didnt look 18.......dont think i will ever go back there again, even if it is cheap, it can be a bit clicky. Edwards is by far more friendly, all smiles on the door.
Niki - nixiloolah@hotmail.com - 17 Jun 2003 11:26
This place can be a bit hit and miss. The trouble is if you serve cheap drinks you attract cheap pykies and this place is full of them early on in the evening, many of which have unsightly facial hair.
While I don't mind having a cheap pint, I'd rather pay a bit more and have some music and the absence of Old Spice.
Dispite what Ben says, service can be very slow as they decide to clean optics at the busiest times of the night...
Matt Le Ross - 6 Jun 2003 14:13
Not a very good wetherspons - service is slow, it's generally crowded and half the beers (and other drinks) are usually off.
Hannah - 5 Jun 2003 09:51
It's just another 'spoons!' Same as every other one. Cheap drinks, microwavable food, no music, and looks like an old man's pub! Not worth going to when you've got Edwards and Yates' on the same road!
Barman DAN - dan_waz_ere2001@hotmail.com - 25 May 2003 04:08
"Love it or hate it, this has to be one of if not the largest pub in Guildford." - I've heard tell it's the largest in the country.
Sen - 17 Mar 2003 09:24
"There is frequently more staff than customers (especially during the afternoon), but you still have on average a 10 to 15 minute wait to be served. Cheapest beer in town though." ---- I disagree, service is fast and friendly
Ben - 30 Jan 2003 18:57
There is frequently more staff than customers (especially during the afternoon), but you still have on average a 10 to 15 minute wait to be served. Cheapest beer in town though.
Harry - 25 Nov 2002 08:40
One of 4 pubs on Bridge Street in Guildford. Very popular on Friday evenings- you will be queueing for drinks unless you have your basic barging skills certificate. Try upstairs, it has more carpet than downstairs. Love it or hate it, this has to be one of if not the largest pub in Guildford.
David Miller - 11 Nov 2002 21:52
Is very big with mixed age groups. But lack of music makes it shit. Quite strict with I.D's- alot of students!!!
Charlotte - 18 Sep 2002 18:31

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