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Came in on Bank Holiday Monday evening for a quick pint while my drinking companion got some cash out of the tills at Sainsbury’s.

Just after 7.30pm when I came in, pretty much full inside with half eating and half drinking.

5 ales on tap, my pint of Portobello’s VPA was excellent.

Only my 2nd visit since May 2013, still an older clientele in here and is a decent ‘spoons…let’s see if the new “Grape & Grain” Wetherspoon’s affects their trade…I feel it wont personally.

lezford - 8 May 2014 14:33
A proper old man's boozer. Might go back in the summer, combined with some other pubs. Not the best selection of real ales for a wetherspoons but nothing to write home about.
Masterpint47 - 23 Jan 2014 22:39
This 'spoons was a disappointment after the Moon & Stars in Penge. It was much busier and had its fair share of characters. But the beer selection was nowhere near as good - Clarence & Fredericks Smoked Red, Pretty Things Jack D'Or, Darkstar American Pale Ale, Sharps Doom Bar, Amendment Bitter Red, Hepworth Prospect, Greene King Abbot & Ruddles Best. Cider was Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon. This is a good area for pubs. There are better ones around. But this is worth a try if you are trying others around here.
blue_scrumpy - 10 Nov 2013 13:10
Open plan medium sized, 1 bar 'spoons opposite Sainsbury's on the one way system.

6 ales on the pumps plus the regular John Smiths, with 5 of the 6 ales priced at £2.15 a pint.

I had a pint of Devon Glory from the Exe Valley Brewery, a creamy pint but it was poured fine.

Busy with the crowd mostly being over 50 years old.

This is a decent enough 'spoons
lezford - 2 May 2013 13:40
The new manager Raj seems to know his beers! Popped in today and had a great pint of Thornbridge Jaipur! The new ale board at the end of the bar posts the current beers due on for that week. Darkstar Hophead, Festival and the American Pale Ale are due on aswell as Twickenham Naked Ladies. Onwards and upwards.......
jacrud - 18 Apr 2012 12:24
dear oh dear another spoons full of old piss stained ,foul mouthed geezers ,food is well below par as is the ales,a new manager in charge so i been told ,useless when will they start to get some decent managers in theese places instead of this young hotshots who are scared of their own shadows.well avoided mind you just like most of the other spoons around the place.
beerman44 - 19 Feb 2012 12:40
ok, its a Wetherspoons - so you get what you pay for generally. I wont comment on the food & drink, as its always consistent (read into that whatever you will). What I dont like is the dumb idea to dim the lighting so low that you can barely read your newspaper! I'm told that this is to create an "ambience". I was there yesterday. It was 25 degrees and sunny outside, the front doors open wide, people in their shorts, yet it was so gloomy inside that the back end of the pub was empty, apart from a few sad night light candles flickering in the gloom. I like to pop into the pub to read my paper after work, but they just have got it so wrong. Leave the candle lit gloom until darkness please!
Laggers - 5 Jun 2011 06:19
Ordered an esb and eas asked if i wanted the special glass..... Which was a nice touch. Is it true that jdw buy their beer when just out of date? This no headed, cloudy bilge water was on the cusp.
Mappiman - 11 May 2011 20:35
Small Wetherspoons with indifferent staff, although not rushed off their feet. food meagre in quantity and not well cooked. Table not cleared of previous meal's debris until my food arrived although waitress appologetic. Beer was fine though and Sunday club included all the guest beers.
wrichard - 11 Oct 2010 11:46
Small 'spoons, with some rather stereotypical mid-afternoon customers and seemingly disinterested bar staff who evetually got fed up of talking to each other and actually went off to clear (and clean) some tables. Quite a modest selction of real ale with just six handpumps sharing a range of usual suspects and a few more interesting beers. To call my pint of Holdens Golden Glow 'lively' would be a major understatement, but when the barman at last managed to get near enough a pint in my glass it was thankfully 1.89 well spent.
rpadam - 27 Mar 2010 09:58
I let rip with the odd "colourful phrase" now and again but, boy, the clientele here would make Gordon Ramsay at full pelt sound like David Cameron addressing the WI. Yet another reason for not going to the place. Crystal Palace has lots of much better places.
guayabera - 22 Jan 2010 16:35
Goodish pub, with potential to be a lot better.has come through its fly infestation and beer watering phases.Normaly stocked with good selection of real ales, the carlesberg can be crab moreoften than not.
The trouble with this this pub,for the last few tenures,has been the managers themselfes.
This pub seems to induse moby dick syndrome in whoever takes over,(thats moby big bonus dick),With the consequence that,there is never enough staff behind the jump.
A visit to the bar can seem like the oddessy,when you get back to your company conversations are forgotton, people have aged,and what your purpose on earth has escaped you.
Meanwhile the manageress with the mad captain ahab look in her eye, struts around with keys jangling everywhere like a demented jailer.
The best staff again jump ship,customers feel ailenaited and on and on and on.
dionysos - 19 Jan 2010 06:16
One of the better Norwood Wetherspoons. As others have said, it does attract more than its fair share of local 'eccentrics' many of whom move from JDW to JDW as I have seen them in many of the others.

I have a food a few times and its been what you'd expect. Good but nothing to shout about.

Range of beers is good. Will come again.
norwoodeyes - 3 Aug 2009 13:11
Smallest JDW I've encountered. Standard JDW fittings, though with a more intimate pub feel than normal.
SilkTork - 4 Jul 2009 20:36
I'm giving this boozer a honk of my horn for approval. Yes, it's a Wetherspoons. And yes, it's seemingly a hostel for the down and outs who would otherwise clutter up the Park. BUT it puts on a wide selection of interesting ales that are otherwise hard to come by in my little ghetto. The food is honest and uncomplicated and everything is well priced and the staff are helpful. What more could you ask for. Honk!
chuppapop16 - 23 Dec 2008 13:12
could do with more staff behind the bar at times, however on the whole the beers good the staff are brill, the new manager seems to be top notch.
best move he made was to get rid of the bloody sofas,
now we all have a bit more room, well done Tomas.
PS
Anya should get promotion,
and David is just fantastic, always attentive, alert, and polite.
for those that i have not mentioned keep up the good work.
jamescunningham - 8 Nov 2008 10:39
Nice pub until the manager started watering down the beer....
Phil_Davidson73 - 10 Jul 2008 22:47
Nie pub with a good choice of ales although the quality has been rather poor for the past couple of months I've noticed. Friendly enough atmosphere although the staff seem to have a habbit of giving you less change than you're owed. Ha shappened to me a few times in recent weeks, maybe I've just been unlucky, who knows...
Phil_Davidson73 - 12 Feb 2008 14:37
LOL I think I've overheard the guy who bemoans 'the onslaught of Brussels' and more. My ears started bleeding after a while. On the upside I go in here because I like to try out the guest beers. I find the staff OK at present - there's always something of a turnover but they have been worse. Wish the atmosphere was better though.
elleme - 30 Jun 2007 15:21
I am in two minds about this pub. It undoubtedly deserves its Cask Marque accreditation as the cask ales are excellent, with plenty of choice. I always finish up with the Directors which is particularly good in here. BUT it is a Witherspoons pub at the end of the day with all that that brings! Some staff OK but others surly. OK for a couple of pints.
shack - 1 May 2007 16:32
typical wethersppons, full of the usual low life scumbags you find in most wetherspoons. Nice pint of Caladonian XPA last night though.
tomario - 24 Apr 2007 11:05
A decent enough Wetherspoons, with a more mixed clientele than some. The beer range was wide this week, but all seemed to be served through a sparkler, giving an unwelcome "cappucino" effect. Other Wetherspoons don't do this - why here? Next time I'll ask if it's possible to have my pint served naturally, and see what the response is. If negative, I may have to write to Tim Martin again...
Alph_river - 13 Sep 2006 10:41
Excellent range of ales and lagers undermined by sterile JDW environment and purple faced senior citizens bemoaning the "onslaught of Brussels" and casting aspersions on social workers and "women who wear trousers."


terenced - 3 Aug 2006 09:26
Not as bad as you might think. A good range of real ales, in good condition.
Although the place smells of old mens trousers.
misterwoppit - 24 Jul 2006 17:40
You can get Adnams and Wells in the Royal Albert...but yes, you're basically right Rich66
bensonby - 11 Jan 2006 10:52
Relatively small for a Wetherspoon's, better than average service for a Wetherspoon's, otherwise the usual Wetherspoon's formula of an old building that used to something other than a pub (a post office in this case) fitted out to look like a "traditional" sort of pub.

Cheap prices and the chance of a decent guest ale are the main attractions for me. To my knowledge it's the only pub within quite a wide radius where you're likely to find anything more exotic than Young's/Fuller's.
Rich66 - 10 Nov 2005 21:35
its a weatherspoons...what do you expect? - cheap drinks, real ale...good value for money and the clientele aren't bad at all......
bensonby - 4 Nov 2005 21:18

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