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Wetherspoons, Milton Keynes

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A pint of Citra from Oakham Ales was simply perfect but a Wetherspoon's is a Wetherspoon's and it's the usual aircraft hangar of a place no atmosphere thanks to the no music policy. The chain is CAMRA's Achilles heel with the organisation hoodwinked into cahoots with the group as pubs merrily shut down up and down our high streets - just as small shops find it impossible to compete with Tesco's. All that said, probably a better place to drink in central MK than any other.
BoehmBawerk - 15 Nov 2013 18:36
Excellent selection of ales with Summerskills bitter, Exmoor Beast, Pale Rider, one from the Concrete Cow brewery and one from Tring among the 12 available. All the ones I tried were in decent nick and the guy serving knew his ales and was happy to offer tasters.
Pretty busy and quite loud, but saying that we did visit on a Saturday night.
Certainly a lot better than the other 'spoons in the theatre district.
duchyjim - 3 Feb 2013 20:55
Fantastic selection and quality of ales..... Oakham, Concrete Cow, Vale and Tring to name but a few!!!
Jamesboon1771 - 17 Oct 2012 17:25
A modern, purpose built Wetherspoon’s in the centre of Milton Keynes. It’s got a contemporary appearance with floor to ceiling windows on three sides offering a fantastic 270° panoramic view of the surrounding office blocks, and one wall even had a small counter running along it so you could sit and admire the outlook . The curved ceiling appears to be some type of painted steelwork with black iron girders, and in rather start contrast to this is some full height wood panelling on the walls that aren’t glass which almost lends a hotel drawing room feel to the place.

Flooring is a mixture of wood and red patterned carpet, and as usual in a JDW there are plenty of tables and chairs as well as a few circular pods with leather bench seating. A couple of plasmas were dotted around, but these were unobtrusive with no sound and there were a few quiz machines and a quiz machine opposite the bar. Service at the bar was prompt, as was the food service – in fact the waiter must have left the kitchen around the same time that I left the bar.

Besides the usual offerings of Abbott Ale and Ruddles, beers on tap were Oakham JHB, Hoggley’s Pump Fiction, Hopping Mad Amazing Grace, Hook Norton Double Stout and Tring’s Mansion Mild. The “exclusive to Wetherspoons” Veto Ale is apparently coming soon. Ciders were Weston’s Much Marcle, Strongbow and Thatcher’s Gold. Say what you like about Wetherspoon’s, but any pub that does Thatcher’s Gold when the rest of Milton Keynes is drowning in a sea of Strongbow is all right in my book.
Blackthorn - 26 Jan 2012 19:57
unimpressed, pint was awful, a good selection of local beers tho. moon under water is better of the 2 w'spoons.
tc_imbiber - 12 Nov 2011 06:37
A slightly bigger branch of Wetherspoons than the nearby Moon under Water and holding a larger range of ales, many of which were part of the current festival. Cider was Sandford Orchards Bumbleberry Cider. Food also seemed to be much more popular here too, with tables hard to come by. A more pleasant place to drink than the Moon under Water, with its large windows creating plenty of light.
blue_scrumpy - 24 Oct 2011 22:24
The best of MK city centre Wetherspoons. I've never had a bad pint in here, although they are usually a trifle cold a la Spoons up and down the country.
jjsint - 25 May 2011 17:20
Huge choice of beer - 12 handpumps ! Sometimes the beer you ask for is "off", but plenty of others to choose from. Loads of seating. Food as per any other pub in the chain - they haven't poisoned me yet. Always warm even on the coldest days, and cool in the Summer too.

All in all a great place for a lunchtime/afternoon drink. Can get busy in the evenings and suffer from the usual 'Spoons service problems, i.e. if the bar is busy the staff suddenly discover table clearing/washing up that just HAS to be done immediately. Mind you it doesn't help when you're stuck behind some chav ordering 15 pints of lager !

gherkindangler - 24 Feb 2011 17:27
Unlike other reviewers, no problems getting served. Beer decent and cheap, food adequate but not great. In other words a bog-standard Wetherspoons.
This pub's best attributes are that it IS a pub - MK is devoid of them in the centre. To be honest, MK centre is pretty much devoid of life, especially at the weekends, but this place is handy if you are stuck at the station for too long.
Drinking_Bull - 22 Oct 2009 12:44
Pretty standard spoons. Not that I visit them often. Serving draft goulden carolus for £1 a half!
doncaosdelanada - 26 Nov 2008 16:20
Great price for food and drink ! trouble is you cant get anyone to serve you ?

When we did get the food one meal was advertised with "large flat mushroom" when we asked where it was the waitress replied "we aint got none" then walked away cutting us off ?
We complained to a young girl (supervisor ?) who was very rude and gave us 60pence for the mushroom.
Never have i seen such arrogant behavour displayed in a pub
Fairpublic - 14 Dec 2007 16:01
Takes an age to get served, even when you are the only one at the bar and there's two staff behind the bar. What looked like a wonderful selection of ale was 90% not on, and the small amount they had on was seved ice-cold (what's that all about?)
But in the real-ale desert that is central Milton Keynes, it's the best you're going to get. Which is a shame, because this is, without a shadow of a doubt, the worst Wetherspoons I've ever been in.
MankyBadger - 11 Oct 2007 15:34
Can take a little while to get served in here, but is genuinely ok fo a quiet beer, was my local when I moved up here, no music as you would expect and avoid like the plague when the MK Dons are at home, but all round friendly place, id go back again if I was in the area.
Daveyboy230878 - 13 Mar 2007 09:05
Better than norm Wetherspoon with high ceiling so no problem with the smoking cheap pint brigade.
Beer choice ok but less micro offerings than some other outlets
lout_from_the_lane - 6 Jun 2006 13:32
Typical JDW food good, real ale not very good soulless box.
plodge - 26 Apr 2006 15:21
still serving a decent selection of beers, sadly on a fri evening only 3 staff behind the bar (typical of this pub company)
moclips2002 - 22 Apr 2006 07:39
Great pub to go to when you have been made redundant from Abbey. Beer is kept fairly well. Staff are not the quickest in the world.
grayguy - 3 Nov 2005 23:07
The best Wetherspoon pub in Milton Keynes for its choice of Real Ales, huge seating area makes it comfortable, when busy, but can lack atmosphere when not so busy.
The best pub for any Footie supporters visiting MK-Dons/Franchise FC or whatever they call themselves this week. Its only 3 minute walk from the National Hockey Stadium
alewhale - 27 Feb 2005 20:34

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