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Moon Under Water, Enfield

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The Moon Under Water seemed like another older branch of Wetherspoon. Apparently it used to be a dairy, which certainly makes it a bit different from others. Service was good. Ales were Greene King Abbot & Abbot Reserve, Ruddles Best, Sharps Doom Bar, Peerless Red Rocks, Shepherd Neame Spitfire & Nethergate Old Growler. Ciders were Westons Old Rosie & Thistly Cross Whisky Cask. Above average Wetherspoons.
blue_scrumpy - 22 May 2017 21:03
A pretty decent version of the Wetherspoon's template that brings all the usual rewards and drawbacks, but I have had occasion to drink here fairly frequently over the last couple of years and I do have a very soft spot for it.
What it does well; 1) It's cheap! 2) The range of drinks available of all types is impressive and well maintained, 3) It's spacious and reasonably comfortable with generally quite a nice atmosphere, 4) Service is generally of a good standard,5) It's open in the mornings, so for those rare occasions when you need somewhere to go for a coffee, breakfast or just a quiet pint before midday - this place has you covered & 6) The Aberdeen Angus Rump steak is as good a piece of steak as you will get anywhere in Enfield, unusually for this kind of establishment - they can actually cook it how you want it with some degree of accuracy, and you won't find equivalent quality anywhere for the same price.
What it doesn't do so well; 1) There are elements of the clientele that are somewhat obnoxious and very loud, many of whom really are old enough to know better and their behaviour seems to go unchallenged by the staff even when they are clearly making other drinkers uncomfortable, 2) The old nickname of "The Moon Under Age" still seems to apply on Friday and Saturday nights when some suspiciously youthful looking people seem to be served alcohol and vast quantities of it in here, 3) Some of the meals (especially those on as a special or part of a deal - the Fish & Chips on Friday in particular) are extremely stingy in terms of portion size with some meals that seem to come "with chip" rather than "with chips" & 4) they close really promptly and early as if the variance in licencing laws never happened.
All in all I firmly believe that the positives outweigh the negatives though and would recommend with the above reservations. If you are ok with Wetherspoon's and are in the area - you can do a heck of a lot worse and I have spent many thoroughly pleasant evenings in this pub which as now been a part of Enfield's landscape for over 25 years (is it just me or does that make anybody else feel old!)
Mr.Monkfish - 8 Mar 2015 18:01
Awful pub that could be so much better. Popped in at the weekend fora saturday lunchtime a pint and was completely ignored by the bar staff who watched a whole crowd get fed up of waiting and leave and then served a group of underage drinkers before me which was of real concern as I teach some of them! Plenty of decent pubs in the not so immediate area a pub best avoided!

bicknell - 4 Jun 2012 19:43
Good points:
1. A changing variety of real ales.
2. A changing variety of real ales that are cheap.
3. A changing variety of real ales served by pleasant staff.
4. Sells Monster Munch

Bad points:
1. Low prices attract some of society's bottom feeders.
2. Not much atmosphere.
3. They open the doors at around 10.30pm. This means that your final hour is spent drinking in the cold.
redpower - 8 May 2012 19:47
Hadn't been here for a while but popped in on Friday night with some friends. It doesn't seem anywhere as bad as others have suggested. They had 3 guest ales available along with the usual jdw range. All were in good condition.

Would definitely go back.
nutsaboutbeer - 8 Dec 2011 09:38
go elsewhere its horrible. i don't go in there in principle because of the meatheads who drink there and then rampage down the local roads smashing cars up, pissing in people's driveways and making loads of noise. The management of Wetherspoons refuse to do anything about it, I feel sorry for the pub manager himself who is a decent bloke. If the police waited outside the pub from 10pm every Friday night and searched everyone going in, and then nicking them as they came out for breach of the peace you would solve the problem overnight. But they never will...
mally_drinker - 29 Mar 2011 12:08
The service is good and the recent three week beer festival provided some excellent ales. The regular brand choices such as various Nethergates will keep people visiting too. All year round their ales are very well kept so the staff/management score many brownie points for that. A big difference from pubs that offer the bog-standard GK IPA but have absolutely no idea how to keep it, why they should or even what it is!

However, as usual there's a subjective downside. In early 2009 I visited on a Friday night which appeared to be reserved for youthful brightly-coloured blingers who seem eager to enjoy extremely close relationships with strangers. Reports from other visitors since then indicate that's still the case on Friday nights.

I don't really feel like I'm in a pub and therefore can't consider it a 'local' in the traditional sense - but it's an okay place to be most evenings and Saturday nights... but, would I use it if there were no ale pumps? Sorry, no - I'm a beer snob. The ales are my only reason to go there.
inthegutter - 22 Nov 2010 12:49
You know, as Wetherspoons go I donít think that itís actually all that bad.

I should point out though that Iíve never been in at night, nor would I want to, but fairly recently I did have occasion to spend quite a lot of time in there over a two or three month period during the day.

I know that most of us wouldnít really consider Wetherspoons to be real pubs, and absolutely Iíd agree that theyíre not, but sometimes they do make a fair approximation.

Pop in after work for a drink or for a cheap lunch on your day off or at the weekend; just make sure you leave before the sun goes down.

RedRed - 5 Feb 2010 13:45
A Shit hole enough said
walker4812 - 6 Jan 2010 21:25
Typical Wetherspoons establishment with reasonable selection of ales - different each visit. Can be a bit of a zoo at weekends.
BarryH - 19 Nov 2009 17:00
There were five ales on during my visit including Abbot, Ruddles and an offering from St Austell Brewery as well as a standard draught selection. It was busy so it took a while to be served, but I thought that the barmaid that served me was friendly enough.

Iím not a big Spoons fan and I found this one to be distinctly average with an above standard level of old fart smell.

Iíll leave this place to the students in future and drink elsewhere.
Strongers - 3 Oct 2009 22:00
I pulled in the moon and got WASTED!!!!!!! i did have a good time :)
Ginaa - 12 Jun 2009 12:14
I LOVE THE MOON!! its my 2nd home.
i love the staff.... except the fat girl... shes a bit mean and ugly... newer staff are too slow so u gotta go to the older staff who know what their doin!!
the bouncers are not as good or as totty as the admiral byngs.
always good to migle with everyone as its the place to be on a fri/sat night...
or week night.
the old pervy men are lovely and probably make the fat girl feel special.
the IT box is always fun... even though i never win :(
excellent jugs!! good to get nice and drunk!!
its goin a tincy bit downhill due to reeeeally chavvvy kids going there using fake ids or their sisters.... but my mate whos 24 got i.d'd!!! shameful.
where's gandalf the bouncer gone?
the food always looks good and ive been assured by kitchen staff they dont piss in it.
its a great place to chat up come fellas and get a free drink out of it.
the toilets are okie... not gr8 but who cares when you're only going to chunder in them!
its a great place to be to get wasted... but some of the chavs get too rowdy. they need to become lovers not fighters. its uncool!!!
the moon under water has provided many a good weekend, christmas, new year etc.... i love it.... and will see you all down there!!!
natz - 12 Jun 2009 12:01
I like this pub. Its strange shape bar helps the atmosphere. I had a pint of greene king IPA in here and it was in excellent condition. Manager and staff are always helpful, would reccommend this pub to anybody.
sideshowbob - 15 Jan 2009 17:56
Not at all bad for a 'spoons - friendly welcome and efficient staff, good range of well-kept beers (6 regular 'guest' ales and 6 beerfestival ales). Normal range of food.
BobOs - 3 Nov 2008 00:47
I go and eat in the moon quite often with my friends, the meals are good and cheap which suits our pockets (we are pensioners) Staff are a good friendly bunch. The pub is clean, can get quite busy sometimes.
goldengirl4 - 15 Apr 2008 19:57
It is really well worth checking out Youtube regarding this pub! There are some very significant breaches of food hygiene and general cleanliness standards highlighted there. I won't ever eat there put it that way! I rate them a one as they are cheap in every sense of the word. Prices, people and atmosphere all reek of cheap. Quite an achievement they should be proud of themselves, I wouldn't have thought the bar could be lowered any more than it was but they prove otherwise on a daily basis.
Theologin - 8 Apr 2008 16:46
Not bad really, quite spacious, good food and drink at reasonable prices.
w2man - 14 Oct 2007 17:51
Great pub, great food!
The grill night is fantastic value & the steaks are cooked to your requirements. But i have to agree that waiting times at the bar are outrageous. I have left without being served before & gone to the Crown & Horseshoes down the road instead.
babysnakes - 28 Jul 2007 12:52
Cheap, Cheap, Cheap,Cheap, Food looks like its been over done in a microwave and theres little imagination put into each dish! Drink prices are cheap! so make a good place to visit if your low on dosh, Can get stupidly busy an with all weatherspoons it brings in the young crowd (Which for a local resident- is'nt great when its chucking out time!)
Large building clean when quite,
hickup86 - 15 Apr 2007 23:25
The moon is a good pub to start off in because its cheap and there are loads of birds in there, the foods ok ( cheap and cheerful)....... Can get rowdy sometimes because the youngsters, but other than that it not that bad.
bjam81 - 4 Apr 2007 15:29
Nice range of beers and lagers, but the problem is getting served. I go in most Sundays and even when itís not that busy you can still wait 5-10 mins to be served.
Obviously they keep the prices down by not paying staff much and not having enough of them. The cleanliness is also poor. I have had instances where food left by a previous diner has been left on a table I am drinking at for over 90 mins.

That said, it is cheap. However, sometimes I get so fed up waiting to be served that I bugger off down to the 6 Bells.

Dirt_monkey - 5 Jan 2007 14:24
I really like this pub, the atmosphere is always great, the actual building is great, really high ceilings and just a nice place to look at.
It does take a while to get served though, and although the drinks are cheap, and their cocktail pitchers are actually amazing, on more than one occasion they haven't had the right ingredients to make them.
It is usually quite crowded which might put some people off, but i quite like because there is pretty much always someone you know there.
Yvette - 2 Jan 2007 15:40
This used to be a superb pub, but its not called moon under age for nothing! It now has a pub quiz on a wednesday and there is a different food event each night. Do try the curry night on a thursday. The saving grace is that they sell Budweiser on draught
clarkie10 - 15 Nov 2006 09:57
The problem with this pub ( like most weatherspoons in the UK)it's to sucessful for its own good. To give you next to nothing meals deals and cheap beer, they don't employ enough staff. When you finally get served, you wait an age for your meal. Stand at the bar at peak times in any Weatherspoon pub and watch how many people walk out. ( I have played this game in over 10 W/S bars)
Staff are friendly enough.
FISHTHEMOD - 21 Nov 2005 13:32
oh dear oh dear the other comments are so true!
nomadman - 16 Oct 2005 20:57
At reaching the bar after a 25mins wait i was greeted with crap service. Whilst drinking my tasty pint of piss i was unaware that entertainment was free at weekend nights, this particular night was Chav vs Chav. Cheap drink but overall a dull dingy hole still a tad better than the George.
HavItLarge - 9 Oct 2005 17:29
Same as all Wetherspoon pubs i guess, just a little chavier.

Cheap drinks though. So if this is your only real requisite when finding somewhere to drink, you could do worse.

Well, only by going to the George.
TapsPunk - 18 Jul 2005 17:44
Cheap. Mixed grill is always good if you have no money (or stomach lining). Full of kids on a weekend night (and I mean kids)
Meach - 20 May 2005 21:02
I've been to this pub twice, the first time it took me half an hour to get served and the second time I got bottled by a sixteen year old. Nice!
anonymous - 29 Apr 2005 23:38
Like the other review states - this is a typical Wetherspoon's pub. Years ago it used to be half decent but now it's just full of under-aged kids there for the cheap booze. Despite having a large no-smoking area, it's very smokey.
Lardy - 3 Feb 2005 15:51
This pub is a typical Wetherspoon's. You should by now know whether or not you like that particular chain or not. If you do, this is a good example of a Wetherspoon's with the usual benefit of being unbelievably cheap and serving a good variety of drinks. Seats are comfortable and the atmosphere is welcoming. Better on weeknights when you can get a seat and get served quickly than it is at weekends when it tends to get packed by suspiciously young drinkers.
If you don't like wetherspoons in general there will be nothing specific here to change your mind.
scotty - 9 Nov 2004 16:54

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