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Standing Order, Stevenage

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Marginally preferable to waiting in the rain at the bus station. The £1.99 guest ale tasted pretty much like you'd expect for that price. Seems to be a haven for the clinically obese. Am beginning to think that Wetherspoons should start chipping in a lot more to NHS coffers to cover the results their cheap junk food has on the health budget.
Snarling_Mallard - 11 Jun 2019 20:14
its august, its holiday time, its staff shortages time
long wait at bar , not actually that crowded

its helps if the staff were not all teenagers, although the person who looks
like she is the manager previously worked at the Wspoons in the town centre
she had an attitude problem there as well

one customer complained her meal was " stone cold " staff took plate
no response
another customer said " its a xxxxhole "
time for Aussie Tim to send in the SAS
Leftinthepub44 - 20 Aug 2016 13:09
I do not like criticising this pub as its my local in Stevenage, and I do drop by every few days, but it has to be said that some of the staff seem to be a bit vacant.

Several times recently I have had to repeat my order (as in two pints of beer, hardly complicated ) as the first time the barperson seems unaware of what I am saying.

There was a time when pub guv'nors spent all night behind the bar, now most of the time they are nowhere to be seen !
Leftinthepub44 - 4 Nov 2015 17:24
Who had the bright idea to close this pub for a refurb for two weeks in July.

Obviously WSP can afford an empty till in the more peak times of the year.

Perhaps Aussie Tim should come and serve behind the bar after the pub reopens to explain to the regulars (like me ) why that happened. I would have thought February , and March would have been better but perhaps all the spannermen were in Florida doing their other job.

I know what the refurb is going to do , but why bother.
Leftinthepub44 - 10 Jul 2015 14:05
Run-of-the-mill spoons pub, not ever so big though.
Ten pumps for ales, the five usual poor regulars plus the five changing brews.
Not all were on though, so tried Brewdog's Magna Carter Ale and Maximus from Maxim.
Normally you do get served in order - but not guaranteed.
fugglehops - 14 Jun 2015 22:30
This W/spoons is the better of the two in Stevenage.
More a pub than a bar ( but it was a Lloyds Bank before)

The food is OK if you are feeling peckish, but a bit school dinners.

However the beer is good ,the price is right of course,and the staff know their stuff (well the regulars do anyway)

I would give it
7/10....................but avoid Friday and Saturday nights for obvious reasons.
Leftinthepub44 - 18 Mar 2015 15:30
While I'm not a great fan of Wetherspoons, finding them rather soulless, the Standing Order must be one of the best I've ever been to. Beautiful building, tastefully refurbished, not too cavernous with areas where you can get a bit of privacy, good range of beers and the usual selection of competitively priced meals. There was a nice mix of customers of various ages, and there wasn't the preponderance of mid-afternoon bums or lary youths you get in some 'Spoons. A good 7 mark from me.
Number11 - 23 Dec 2014 18:40
Visited this 'spoons yesterday afternoon. Interesting selection of high gravity ales on. This is 10 times better than the 'spoons in the new town centre.
Aztecgoat - 27 Sep 2014 17:10
Stevenage appears to be a difficult town to walk around, unless you know where you are going. As a new town, it appears to be designed more for the motorist than the pedestrian - with dual carriageways, no pavements, bridges, underpasses etc etc. So after doing a full tour of the local Tesco supermarket, we finally found the old town where a semblance of normality is restored. The Standing Order is a Wetherspoons at the top end of the High Street. As with most 'spoons, it's a large open-plan affair. Although the rear area, where the bar is situated, has plenty of natural light. A good beer range was on - Greene King IPA & Abbot, Adnams Broadside & Stone Double IPA, White Park That One & Cranfield Bitter, Upham Punter, Belhaven St Andrews & Phoenix Double Gold. Cider was Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon. It was a swift visit here, and the large breakfast I ordered arrived quickly. Not a bad choice if you're in the old town part of Stevenage.
blue_scrumpy - 26 Jan 2014 18:14
Run of the mill rather souless, can't judge either way, it does what it does and serves cheap food and booze while maintaining the air of the pikey drunk. I shall be moving on.
ThePubber - 25 Jul 2010 17:30
ok not the best jd been in
forestwood - 6 Sep 2009 00:11
Normal Wetherspoons get a 3 from me - so this site does really well to push it up to a five. Service is classic Stevenage (i.e. they don't really care) but the quality of the food and drink at their price point is undeniable. Visit for that quick cheap snack and avoid at weekends.
oligearing - 16 Jun 2009 20:06
not the place to go if your in a hurry...service is a nightmare (you seem to be invisible) but this is mainly caused by the coffee brigade (i'd BAR EM).....

Very clean though and beer average!
1steevo - 1 May 2008 12:33
A great little spoons in the very attractive old town part of Stevenage.Will be better once it is fully non smoking,but it does have a nice large outside seating area. 9/10 Highly Reccommended!
fat_beer_badger - 26 Aug 2006 14:46
A pint of Abbot and a Jim Beam and coke cost me 2.99 last night. For this reason alone it is hard to be critical. Gets a little too busy for my liking but as these prices it's not surprising. The range of beers and spirits listed on offer are comprehensive; unfortunately too often I find they have run out of the one I want to try.
anonymous - 20 Jan 2006 17:08
I find this one more crowded than the one in the Plaza. Getting to the bar and served is a nightmare. When you do get served you turn around and are lucky to have any drink left by the time you get to where you are if it hasn;'t been knocked out ur hand.

Still cheap and real beers though.
NeilA - 18 Jun 2005 22:42
Typical Wetherspoon pub. A choice of 10 ales, but ony 5 of them on and the 3 I had were cloudy. However, it's an ok place, a little to busy for my liking at a weekend but good for a cheap spot of lunch and a pint.
sreynolds - 6 Dec 2004 15:46
Nice patio area to one side and at the front with large canvas umbrellas and heaters. The staff are friendly although their service sometimes a little slow. Food is a bit hit and miss sometimes ok sometimes awful and not too much atmosphere (a Wetherspoons trait unfortunately) however a good place to start the evening as the drinks will be the cheapest you have all night.
EM - 3 Sep 2004 14:58

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