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Slightly above average Wetherspoons. The interior is more compact than most. But that means you still have to go on a trek to find the toilets. Ales were the usual Greene King Abbot, Ruddles Best & Sharps Doom Bar. But they also had 4 guests (none from Dorset) - Saltaire Cascade, Goodards Ducks Folly, Wychwood Hobgoblin Gold & Cotleigh Seahawk. Two ciders were also in the fridge and at least one of these was from the county - Purbeck Cider Company Joe's Dry, in addition to Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon. The entrance to the pub resembled a crèche, with plenty of families. But the rear was more drinkers. There is a patio outdoor at the rear.
blue_scrumpy - 17 Feb 2017 08:58
A superior 'spoons,very clean,good service.
slerpy - 22 Jan 2017 11:31
Enjoyed the beer, Ruddles was on tap. A good 'spoons pub
MickeyBeerLover - 27 Jun 2016 18:01
Pretty standard 'spoons - selection of ales up to scratch and the food was to their usual standard - we had no complaints. Table service was friendly, too.

Our only gripe was that it was too cold - someone needs to turn down the air conditioning. We moved, trying to find a table which wasn't under the A/C and saw others do so too. I wore my jacket to eat and didn't linger after, whereas we might have stayed longer if it had been warmer.
Trequites - 11 Aug 2015 19:11
A stop over on the way west, drinks and food were fine, service was good and staff were friendly when we last went there
Feed - 12 Apr 2015 22:13
Well kept beer, indifferent food though. Way too slow at clearing tables. Not a place to spend much time in.
steamraiser2 - 15 Jun 2014 22:07
Found this spoons a little boring myself.
I don't know what is was but i just could not relax in here.
The comments are also true about the slow lack of service at the bar which is one thing i just can't stand.

5/10
montie49 - 20 Jun 2012 07:56
Packed out on a Saturday night. Sat out on the balcony. There were signs up saying no smoking on balcony, but loads of people were smoking. Not nice when you are not a smoker yourself.
Drinks cheap enough. Variety of customers - young and old.
SuperWoman2011 - 18 Apr 2011 16:25
went in midweek afternoon to get into the pub from the front their are 4 steps with a handrail the service was slow due to a few people wanting coffee (pubs are for drinking soft drinks or alchol go to costa if they want one} pub ok apart from that
forestwood - 23 Oct 2010 16:33
A fairly typical spoons apart from clientelle all having their own
teeth and in some cases yachts
Uncle_Dunkel - 21 Oct 2010 14:12
Pleasant building in the town. Staff busy and place tidy though ,as always, they could have been quicker to serve instead of filling up cups & bottles. Beers from Cottage/Weymouth/Wyre Piddle. Had two meals off the value list which were promptly served.
Leicesterbeer - 22 Feb 2010 15:23
If you've seen one Wetherspoons you've seen them all. After quite a flourish when they first opened, the brand seems to have gone slowly downhill over the years. You have to give them credit for restoring back into use some lovely old urban buildings, but most of the JDWs I have used recently looked like a good lick of paint wouldn't go amiss and maybe a re-refurb might be in order.

We're now used to underpaid, but well-meaning staff struggling to cope at a crowded bar. Dirty glasses piling up on sticky tables. Lukewarm food gradually becoming less good value for money all the time. 'Spoons was always cheap and cheerful, now it's barely cheerful, though I suppose they do still offer afternoon specials like Fish & Chips with a cuppa for £2.99, presumably aimed at pensioners.

On the bright side, all the beers I tried (Abbott, Summer Lightning and Pedigree) were well kept and poured and obviously incredibly cheap though I did notice that bottled beers such as Leffe were not quite so cheap.

So, if it wasn't for the cheap beer would we really bother with JD Wetherspoons anymore ?
keystone - 26 Jan 2010 17:03
When we went, Hobgoblin on the pumps, mmm.
The service was good, friendly and efficient, both at the bar and the restaurant.
The steaks were cooked exactly to our liking, quite a surprise for a chain pub. Shame about the very sticky tables.
When next in the area, we would not be averse to coming here again.

Phantom_Pigeon - 29 Sep 2009 11:20
As a local I used to come to this pub very often, however one incident in may this year (2009) means that I shall never return again to this wetherspoons. I shall not go into details as it will simply take too long to explain the situation, but my friends and I were treated absolutely disgracefully by the staff over a minor matter. They were extremely rude, abrupt, had an attitude and did not care to listen to our problem. Unbelievably the manager was the most rude of all!!! I seriously advice training or re-arrange of the staff. I have never encountered such awful treatment in all my life! Such a shame as otherwise the pub could be quite nice however I advice you to stay clear of this branch if you want to be sure to have a nice evening and service.
charliefarlie - 10 Jun 2009 21:13
Food great (vegetarian stuff cooked completely separately).
Great beer at great prices.
Friendly staff.
Best Wetherpoons I have visited.
headstandking - 25 May 2009 12:14
Went in for sunday lunch a couple of weeks ago had roast (deep fryed and dry ) chicken. It was so bad that I complained on the wetherspoons website and I had a pleasant letter from them saying that they would check it out and hope that I would find it upto the normal spoons quality as soon as. There is no way I will go back. I now go to the Thomas Hardy, good food, hot, and fresh.
Spoons in Weymouth is much better
truckerphil - 28 Feb 2009 21:01
Other recent reviews are spot on. It's a Wetherspoons, so you know what you're getting. Standard food menu with low prices, cheap doubles, promotional nights. The real ale isn't bad, considering it's a Spoons, decent enough atmosphere as well. Much better than average.
fishski - 26 Feb 2009 22:14
Not a bad 'spoons at all - friendly and efficient staff, decent beers and the food was palatable. Could, perhaps, do with a lick of paint (at least where I was sitting by the side alley).
BobOs - 2 Sep 2008 13:53
one of the best wetherspoons ive been to, its that good you could almost forget it was a wetherspoons and think it was a proper pub!
cyclenut - 23 Nov 2007 23:30
This place must surely vie as just about the best Wetherspoons in the country - and I have been to quite a few! The patio out the back must have had getting on for 20 casks racked up for the Wetherspoon's Autumn beer festival. Took advantage of their 3 different beers (each a third of a pint) for the same price as a pint - £1.65. One of them was Robinson's Old Tom at 8.5%!!
BillyD - 5 Nov 2007 09:36
REally helpful staff. Vegetarian food ALL COOKED SEPARATELY EVEN THE VEGGIE BURGERS!!!!
GREAT beer at good prices.
Really nice place.
northernrogue - 3 Nov 2007 11:32
Qulaity pub (for a wetherspoons). Fantastic staff. and good quality well kept ales.
Diamond12 - 8 Oct 2007 19:07
Not a bad Wetherspoons. Good menu for kids as per dgs9000's comments and they are given an activity pack while awaiting the food. Service pretty good although it was very busy.
Steve45 - 7 Oct 2007 16:47
Went there last year while on holiday.
We have 3 young kids and it was perfect for a rest while out shopping
Food brill for kids all seemed good quality i.e nuggets where chicken not the usuall mush
Beer fine ,all in all good value
dgs9000 - 28 Sep 2006 21:59
Certainly one of wetherspoon's better pubs. Service was good and the staff friendly. the garden is great.
terfysgwr - 16 May 2006 13:17
Used to be a great pub but has dwindled over the past year. Staff don't seem to be very happy and overall atmosphere has been affected. The new food menu is great but the quality here isn't as great as other spoons nearby. Nice looking pub with a good garden for the summer but new seating arrangement throughout is bizarre! Still go there as its my local but it looks like the new manager has let things slip.
anonymous - 23 Nov 2004 14:36

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