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Years ago when this place was called the cornwallis it was run by a little fat Glaswegian guy with bad breath. Apart from that it wasn't a bad boozer. In point of fact it would be a dam site better if they brought him back,
TA010929 - 14 Nov 2006 00:19
Its going to re-open as something a little better. About 4 weeks I believe. Stripped back to original features where possible. Back to being a traditional pub as much as possible but with a touch of modern. Plenty of real ale and loads of continentals and rare bottled stuff.

anonymous - 16 Oct 2006 12:53
Excellent news. Hopefully it will remain closed.
anonymous - 15 Oct 2006 01:04
As Of Today 14th October this pub is Closing
syzergy - 14 Oct 2006 18:18
This pub is ok most of the time. I find this chain a bit like the McDonald's of the pub world. You can go in any of them for exactly the same experience.
It's obviously a local for some, and that means you need to respect them.
However, an earlier comment that it is frequented by a london based man utd hooligan firm could be true. I wouldn't go in there when they're around, which thankfully isn't that often. If they are try 'The Friend at Hand' round the corner, and they will be true to their name.
mattsaze - 22 Aug 2006 12:39
i don't know, i kind of disagree with all this goose bashing. i sort of like the place. i like all pubs. there goes my credibility right out the window. damn i miss london.
jolsen05 - 10 Apr 2006 22:04
Being located smack opposite the Brunwick Centre, it is hardly any wonder this "pub" resembles a drug rehabiliation centre. Real low life inhabit this place, encouraged by the cheap booze and hideous food.

Avoid at all costs!!!!!
halfbee - 23 Feb 2006 11:52
No charm, very high turnover of staff, decent prices though.

at times can be full of students drinking their own drink or nursing the same Bacardi breezer for 3 hours taking up a lot of seating space.

Should revert back to a traditional pub instead of the poor mans Weatherspoons it was changed to 10 or so years ago.

The comment below couldnt be more true!!!

beerbottle - 21 Jan 2006 11:09
what the 'fcuk' is this place!! be careful not to get to blotto on the cheap booze or you'll trip over a walking stick or mobile wheelchair. Although this place does have a few characters popping in for their daily fix, look out for the wine guzzling chinese man. There is always someone who wants to be your grandad, watch out ladies!!!!
mines_a_large_1 - 16 Jan 2006 13:30
Cheap. Double G+T for 2.25? I'll have six please. Staff have always been pleasant. I agree though that it is full of students and winos.
northoftheriver - 14 Nov 2005 18:47
Ever wondered what happens to people so far down the food chain that they'd stand out as losers and lowlife even in a Wetherspoons? Here they are. Yep, welcome to London's only Care in the Community theme pub.
Martinl - 27 Sep 2005 00:34
Total cack. Like so many pubs, it was ace when The Marquis of Cornwallis back in the day. Some crappy chain took it in and made it a haven for office arses who aren't from the area and snot nosed students.

Also walked in there one evening to meet a mate and it was rammed with Cockney Reds (Man Utd's neanderthal London-based hooligan firm). Had a very unpleasant half hour as I was in a Man City top. Got out with most of my teeth (not all) and the bar staff were predictably cowed, not even bothering to call the Old Bill despite the fact that I was obviously in for the kicking of a lifetime. Thanks chaps.
davecamden - 1 Aug 2005 14:53
Well it feels like a Wetherspooons because it's also a chain pub in pretty much the same vein. Cheap beer and food of decent quality. You know what you're getting when you walk in, if you want atmosphere or fine cuisine there are plenty of other places. If you just want a lazy sunday beer/lunch then it's perfectly acceptable.
SocialDrinker - 20 Jul 2005 14:11
This is a dive, populated by old men smoking and drinking away their pensions. The only young people in there are visibly attracted by the price. Contains the kind of people you'd expect to find in a town centre Wetherspoons.
rah - 2 Jun 2005 16:08
When I first stepped through the doors of the Goose I was hit instantly by the horrific feeling that despite the nice old boozer exterior I`d actually walked into a Weatherspoons. It was gut wrenching, a bit similar to that hellish time when I`d pulled truly fit Abi Titmus style “lady” only to find back at my place that the wonderful orbs I`d been so intently admiring were in actual fact the product of a £25 Wonderbra.

However, despite the forced oldie interior (cheap wooden décor, bog standard furnishings etc) that on its surface appear to be the product of a spoons assembly kit, there are a number of trace elements of substance that indicate the Goose isnt quite in league with the devil. The drink selection for a start is relatively wide (both in terms of lager and ale) yet very cheap (£5 and under for two lagers), the clientele pretty acceptable and the food actually has a little bit of taste to it. The layout is also nicely done, with a good separation downstairs between smoking and none smoking areas, and a pretty expansive upstairs (with its own bar) that helps to take some of the strain during its hectic night time periods.

Of course I don’t want to oversell the Goose: its pretty decent but not exactly anything more than that and I`ll be honest there have been times (though not always) when I cant describe the staff as anything other than surly and lazy. Still if youre in the area there is certainly nothing that should put you off stopping in for a quick one – 6/10.

anonymous - 25 Apr 2005 12:20
I go to this pub every day and I agree it is the best pint of Guinness around. staff all very friendly
and the locals on table 61 are a rare Breed
guinnessbrian - 21 Apr 2005 14:14
This pub is so well run. The beer is great and at a low pride you can get a real ales for £1.70 a pint (Bass & IPA) and 4 for £5 on bottles of becks Kronenborg & reef, and bottles of wine from as little as £4.89 what a great pub. Busy pub but still has great service even when busy.
shannon1 - 12 Apr 2005 17:17
Such a great place to dink and eat and still have money left after a great night out.
sticky - 12 Apr 2005 17:04
This place is amazing and has the best pint of Guinness around. Staff and customers are so friendly and it has a great mixed of customers in the evening it has such a warm feel to it when you walk in you feel welcome straight away. Go and see for your self.
babyT01 - 12 Apr 2005 16:54
This is the best pub around, prices arevery low for the area Double spirit & mixer £2.25. Staff are so friendly and very good at there job's. The pub is always clean and does great food at cheap prices you can get a burger and a pint for £3.95 what a deal NO other pub can compete with this.Its aslo does great table service so you don't even have to leave your seat. Also it NOW has tv's and a large big screen in it's upstairs bar.
snoopy158 - 12 Apr 2005 16:26
I go to this pub mainly for the very good meal deals that they do. That aside its a fairly average chain pub with variable quality beer and a vast array of delightful mentalists who frequent the establishment.
spleen978 - 4 Feb 2005 11:36
This place is genuinely legendary. Go see the famous Goose nutters.
Martin - 27 Oct 2004 23:20
For my first visit, I arranged to meet a few friends in the upstairs bar. When I arrived at 7 p.m. on a busy Friday evening, there was just one barperson on duty upstairs. What with his laid back (more flash than substance) style of bartending and a room heaving with thirsty punters, it took all of twenty minutes to get served!

I ran a credit card tab and when settling up time came, I was invited to sign for £16.45 when the detailed bill showed an expenditure of £14.65 !!

Scam or genuine mistake? I'm still not sure, but it took them ten minutes to sort out.

Two more points: this is yet another pub that has not heard of 'drinking up time'; and, although they have a real draught bitter in the downstairs bar, they don't seem able to connect it to the handpump in the upstairs bar.
egartuo - 26 Sep 2004 20:02
no tv, can't watch football. But u have good deals
json - 16 Sep 2004 22:02

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