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J J Moons, Ruislip Manor

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Visited here yesterday to see how the current Wetherspoon's beer festival is going. This is probably one of the best branches of 'Spoon's that you will find. Every beer from their festival had been present, either at the bar or on stillage from the courtyard of the rear. Some of the casks had already sold out. I won't list all of the ales, as there were simply too many to mention. All 3 of the festival ciders were also on. Staff were friendly and the place was as busy as always with a wide mix of people.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Apr 2019 21:28
Not for me. It was good but not any more. The beer is always past its best. I don't know if it's because the number of different ales is too many and they take too long to sell or it is just not looked after well enough but if you see a guest beer in here that you have already tried before somewhere else, it will not taste as good as it did somewhere else.
Tom_Turd - 8 Jul 2017 12:52
Was here last night to try to use up a couple of Wetherspoons vouchers. But that went spectacularly wrong when we got free pints with our meals and were then thrown out at 8pm as we had our boy with us. But JJ Moon's in Ruislip is a branch of 'spoons that I haven't been to for several years. So it was about a time I paid it another visit, especially as it is usually my local CAMRA pub of the year. The ale selection does put most other branches to shame. Last night they had Upham Fields Of Gold, Caledonian Island Inspired Blonde Ale, Vale Black Swan Mild & Gravitas, Dorset Brewing Company Flashman's Clout, Twickenham Gothic Dark, Brewsters Aromantica, Greene King Abbot & IPA, Sharps Doom Bar, Courage Directors & Fullers London Pride. The cider was Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon. The interior is quite dark. But it is certainly popular. The vast majority of tables were taken on a Wednesday evening. Meals were ok, without being anything special. But you do get what you pay for. Handy for the Ruislip Manor tube station and was close enough for my other reason for visiting Ruislip - the Hop & Vine, a micropub on the High Street which is not yet listed on here, but well worth a visit. I'll seek to get it added. But returning to JJ Moon's, this is certainly one of the better Wetherspoon's.
blue_scrumpy - 29 Jun 2017 19:45
Ex Woolworth shop and now a well run Wetherspoons. Same guvnor since opening 20 or so years ago and been in Good beer guide for similar years so ales are always in good condition with a selection as good or better than most Wetherspoons. Decor is standard drabish spoons style. Multi age clientelle. Busy and can be noisy at weekends when the youngsters descend. Has its own ale festival each year with this years on 13-20 June '12 with ales mainly from London and home county micros .
freeman - 12 May 2012 17:13
Currently got a Beer Festival on with some interesting looking American Craft Beers - not had a beer now since last weekend so gonna head there as soon as I finish work to muller a few ales
BeerGutt - 7 Oct 2011 11:40
My new local. I dont usually spend whole evenings in there but I do enjoy popping in for a pint of the excellent guest ales that are always on. I had a meal there on bank holiday just gone. Very nice!!!

Worth a visit for the beer selection alone
BeerGutt - 10 Jan 2011 14:14
Always busy on Friday, and free entertainment in the way of laughing at the mutton dressed as lamb. I agree its one of the best run Wetherspoons Ive been to, stonking beer at good prices if you can fight your way through the smokers hogging teh entrance.
no_liver - 10 Sep 2010 10:04
Use this pub quite frequently. Seems to be a well run Wetherspoons with a decent choice of real ales (about 8 or 9), food OK too.
Lederhosen - 24 Sep 2008 10:15
This pub puts Fullers pubs to shame; not that I have a problem with Fullers beers but I do with their prices. How come Gill can knock out a large Pinot Grigio for £2.50, when the thieving Fullers bastards can charge anything up to £6. It is easy to take excellence for granted but there are not many pubs around that are better than this one.
weston - 11 Mar 2008 16:47
I live on a park bench and find the last comment most insulting. If it wasnt for the few pennies I make playing my banjo at Ruislip manor station I wudnt be able to afford my pint of Grand Union at Moons or my copy of Hedge Funds Review to track market volatility on Hotspot FXi.
hardnoxandurtysox - 24 Aug 2007 20:23
This place is always busy, it is very much a locals pub. Service is swift and the Sunday roasts are pretty good. I come here once a month for the excellent selection of guest ales, you can guarantee that there will be a decent ale on every time you visit.
Houlton - 6 Jul 2007 22:26
Great atmosphere. Something about this pub makes you want to come back again and again. Everyone in the pub is local but there is not the clique of people you may find in some pubs. On the weekends you get a lot of young people who all went to the same schools etc and have come back from university so the atmosphere is friendly, you tend to always see someone you know. I think it has been this way for a while because you also get big groups of older generations meeting up before dining or going elsewhere, so it has a reputation of a meeting place. It is a right of passage for the modern day if you live in this area.
Very very rarely any trouble in this pub. The landlord has been there since it turned into a Wetherspoons and has built up a good rapour with the customers.
I would definately recommend this pub as one of the best Wetherspoons in the country and i have visited quite a few.
manorboy1985 - 18 Jun 2007 16:18
Cracking beer festival; great ales on especially the Bishop's Tipple-all gone now i'm afraid. No disrespect Tomo24, but you'd do well to find a better pub in Ruislip. I agree moons lacks a bit of atmosphere, but the quality of beer and food makes up for it
weston - 1 Nov 2006 13:01
I'm glad that this pub is starting to get the appreciation it deserves. It is definitely the best moon pub that I have ever been to.Most the staff are friendly and the service is generally good. Is it just me, but moons pubs don't seem as cheap as they used to?Maybe I'm just getting old.
weston - 10 Oct 2006 13:02
Overrated, funny atmosphere. Management think it's more than it is. Always walk past it.
tomo24 - 29 Sep 2006 19:21
Never had a problem with the pub, service is good and the beer is always in good condition.
Went in for a meal on Sunday a few weeks back. Naturally I had a bath first and put on some expensive cologne (haha). We had to wait for a table. As they were full. Meal was fine, well worth the wait.

fastduck - 12 Apr 2006 13:52
An excellent pub; all the benefits of being part of a chain, but with a local, community feel. Excellent Guinness and best food I've ever had in the Wetherspoon chain. Welcoming to regulars and visitors alike. Very busy on Fri / Sat nights. Highly recommended.
anonymous - 10 Mar 2006 14:41
A standard Wetherspoons outlet. At weekends, it's packed with younger drinkers taking advantage of the cheap prices. However, it usually quietens down a bit later on in the evening.

For cask ale fans, there is always a good selection with 5 or 6 real beers to choose from.
thecraig - 29 Jan 2006 22:47
Typical Wetherspoons pub so don't expect anything else. It actually used to be an OK pub to visit but over the last few years it seems to have attracted more than it's fair share of chav's. Mind you, that could be said of Ruislip as a town, in truth. Shame as Gil has run the place for years and the last time I was in there he looked like he'd had enough.
MikeyBee - 18 Aug 2005 16:36
Actually, in my opinion, this is a remarkable pub, a real success story. The beer is always in great condition, plenty on offer and very cheap!. It has a multi-age range (18 to 80) which mixes together very well. Food is alway good(the kitchens have recently been refurbished)The atmosphere is great. Check it out, you will not be disappointed!
anonymous - 9 Apr 2005 19:10
As well as the total lack of atmosphere and the smelly old men, it is also freezing cold. Woolworth’s with beer; nothing more.
agg98765 - 21 Nov 2004 10:50
Full of old smelly men that get hammered! It was better when it was Woolworths!
Scott - 1 Oct 2004 06:19
wetherspoons, so nuff said. cheap beer, no atmos and old smelly men.
Matt - 8 Aug 2004 20:43

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