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dreadful pint of Heineken pub looks good badly kept beer could give the lines a clean

Pubpunk2018 - 5 Feb 2019 16:27
Its a spoons, it does what a spoons does. Only problem was the terrible service.
NoDisgrace - 24 Jul 2016 10:18
Pleasant enough 'spoons. probably cheapest beer in Greenwich so worth bearing in mind if doing a crawl of the area.
Aztecgoat - 7 Feb 2015 21:30
been in here a few times over the years and always found it a decent enough place for a few pints, always served promtly even when it's busy, which is always a bonus in a spoons establishment
vinnnie - 9 Dec 2014 16:43
Just had rump steak £9.20 it was cold over cooked I asked for medium it was tough ad old boots chips peas mushroom was cold was this left overs?
Do not eat here you will be very disappointed Gary pearson se16 2qf

garrypearson - 19 Nov 2014 15:38
Got here at lunch time. Busy downstairs, but plenty of room upstairs. Good service and usual selection on ground floor, but only 3 beers on upstairs, and these were all the regulars (e.g.Pride, Doombar); the "guest beers "were not on upstairs, though some 6 or 7 available downstairs at usual JDW prices.
This was the same case the last time I visited 2 weeks earlier!
I can imagine it getting pretty busy ( and unattractive) in the evenings, though good place to meet midday.

malham - 6 Aug 2014 21:48
I haven’t been here for several years so I took the opportunity one lunch time to pop in for a couple of pints.

I arrived just before 1pm and it was already pretty busy inside and outside.
A choice of 8 ales across the 10 pumps, a couple of guest ales and I opted for a few pints of Bateman’s Black & White, which I was then informed had been reduced to £1.29 a pint as the manager had ordered 6 barrels by mistake and they were struggeling to sell them! No problem for me to neck a couple of these cheap pints…the quality was not compromised at all.

Regular afternoon ‘Spoons crowd as you would expect.

The service was swift and friendly.

With the sun shining it was perfect weather for sitting outside on the tall chairs enjoying my beer.

Not exactly what you expect pubs in Greenwich to be like but it’s a ‘spoons, it’s cheap, it serves decent beer and does what it says on the tin.

lezford - 2 Jul 2014 16:47
Called in here a couple of weeks ago on a Sunday, and it was a total eye opener for a Greenwich Pub, it was full of pissed people, who seemed to have been there all day, some drunks sleeping in the corners, and a really BAD atmosphere, in fact it was quite intimidating, so we just walked straight back out as quick as we could.......
DuncanDisorderly - 22 Dec 2013 18:37
Thought I was going to get a Christmas dinner but it was not on the menu instead we had a steak and kidney pudding and egg and chips. It was cheap at £8.50 ish. But it was a long wait and the egg and chips were cold. The steak and kidney pudding was not bad even if it had a slightly greasy taste to it the peas were good and chips only tepid but edible.

The beer was only £2.70 a pint for 4% real ale called Mrs Claus it was a good ale.

It was a busy pub with quite a good atmosphere and a lot of staff who were quite helpful. As it was so cheap it is hard to complain as you can get much worse in a local cafe.
jonkelly123 - 22 Dec 2013 17:11
Decent weatherspoons right off the station. Good selection off beers and decent food. Quite large inside. Does what it says on the tin. Defo worth a quick pint if visiting cutty sark or in the area
yamyampublover - 3 Jan 2013 15:32
Being a Wetherspoon you know what to expect. In my opinion one of the better ones, had no problems getting served, beer quality fine. Very handily next to Cutty Sark station.
TiaMariaJim - 14 Nov 2012 09:39
After some deliberation amongst us, it was decided we'd pay a visit to this Wetherspoon's last Saturday as part of a wider crawl around the area. I must confess to being suspicious at first, not least because I thought my mate had said "let's go to the Gay Cock". Realising the actual name of the establishment provided me with some reassurance, though I remain unclear on what it alludes to. Something shipping-orientated I expect, this being Greenwich.

Anyway, a by-numbers, atmosphere-less modern pub which can only be of a very recent vintage, the Gate Clock was nevertheless busy with a mixed though arguably slightly less-high-end element of local trade. There were markedly fewer Olympic tourist types here though some had sniffed it out presumably less-concerned with traditional English pub character and more bound up with cheap food and drink.

Bar staff all looked about 17 but seemed efficient enough - a hat-trick of well-poured pints were brought forth (incidentally of well-kept Adnams Gunhill - the cask range was relatively limited for a JDW but what was available was decent). Locals were quite chatty and forthcoming, although we did little to encourage their attentions.

Decided to move upstairs which may initially appear just to be toilet facilities but our local connection advised there was a bar there. The upper bar was far more restricted in choice than the lower but could be useful if things got really rammed. There is plenty of comfy seating, and large TVs displaying the latest British glory in the Games. Large windows - mercifully open as it was boiling hot up there - have a view out to the older part of the street which has somehow remained standing amidst a swathe of modern development.

I wouldn't come out of my way to get back here, mainly because although it was fine in some respects, it was just so bland. But like so many of its kind, it serves a purpose if up for a quick drink/meal turn-around at excellent prices, and one knows what to expect.
TWG - 7 Aug 2012 11:05
I've been in quite a few Wetherspoons pubs and this is one of the better ones. As with most wetherspoons pubs its open plan with a long bar and an even longer walk to the lavs. Can be a pain to get served in the summer as it attracts quite a few tourists but otherwise its ok.... MUCH better than the crummy WJD's in Lewisham.
Mattyh34 - 15 Jun 2012 14:52
Visited last Friday and agree with others that it's just a typical Wetherspoons: full of committed (and aspiring) Alcos.
There were 17, yes I counted, people waiting to get served by one barman who was also speaking to someone on a two-way radio, so not making much progress.
How is that that Wetherspoons is one of the few places where one can see a Mullet hairstyle and a Shellsuit !

Has anyone else noticed that Tim Martin, the Boss, sometimes crops up on Radio/TV interviews extolling the virtues of responsible drinking ? Why then do his pubs offer special deals on second/double measures on spirits ?

I wouldn't dare visit a Wetherspoons near closing time. Can't someone video one of the confrontational events and post on YouTube so we can all enjoy it
Jimdee - 30 May 2012 18:21
Typical Wetherspoons pub. Staff friendly and more efficient than as in some of the chain.
I had a pint of Adnams Southwold, which makes a change from the usual beers I drink.
jbsjazzer - 9 Dec 2011 14:56
Usual characterless Wetherspoons branch. But it nevertheless stocked a decent range of ales - Fullers London Pride, Butcombe Christmas Steps, Ruddles Best, Burton Bridge Santi Freeze and Marstons Empire with Windsor & Eton Knights of the Garter having the predictable 'coming soon' sign. Westons Marcle Hill and Old Rosie were the ciders. The interior is open plan. Clientele was the usual mix of ageing alcoholics. I probably have to include myself in this! The portable heaters scattered around were giving off a fair amount of heat, making it fairly comfortable.
blue_scrumpy - 30 Dec 2010 20:11
Very fine pints of Phoenix Navvy, Hook Norton's Easy Weasel and Innkeepers (brewery unknown). Bog standard Wetherspoon pub with a loud and lairy reputation for weekend nights, which, fortunately, was not evident on a Thursday lunchtime.
JonW999 - 28 Oct 2010 21:43
Not bad in comparison with other Wetherspoons, but the only reason to go there is the cheaper drinks. The staff aren't the brightest - one thought my request for a pint of "Old Rascal" cider and a coke would be best served combined in a single glass! - but they were polite and friendly. I was slightly horrified to see the poor quality inkjet printed label for "Old Empire", which put me off from ordering any ales!
bananaco - 15 Oct 2010 16:17
Considering how busy this place gets you would expect more than one member of staff behind the bar.
Had a pint from the Nelson Brewery and it was simply awful. I complained but was not offered a refund. I insisted on a refund and was told that as I'd drunk some I could only have the cost of half a pint.
Needless to say I won't be returning.
The worst service of any Wetherspoons.
zapsincl - 21 Sep 2010 08:28
I had intended trying the Old Naval College but at north of four quid for a pint I think I'll give it a miss. At the moment the Gate Clock is doing an excellent cider (Old Rascal) for 1.95.
Glasgowboy - 8 Sep 2010 11:46
Quite a tidy 'Spoons but still a tremendous contrast to all the tourist pubs just around the corner. Going from the up market Meantime Brewery bar in the Naval College grounds to Greewich's white youth out on a Saturday night was quite a rapid change!

Decorated in a modern style it's pretty clean and tidy and does the usual value and variety drinks and food wise. My Marcle Hill was a very refreshing 2.55 a pint after having just paid 4.10 in the Meantime bar.

Very convienient for Cutty Sark DLR station.
flashharry1965 - 27 Jul 2010 11:53
Better than average 'spoons - okay for starting a night out but like every wetherspoons I've ever been to there's usually a punch up later on in the evening. 4/10
sir_adam_of_downham - 17 May 2010 16:02
Staff all speak perfect English. Better than a lot of the British customers. It is not remotely rough. (Can't speak for the late evening as I'm never there).
Glasgowboy - 11 May 2010 08:20
staff cant speak english, toilets always a mess on the weekend and really bad service.
LONDONASBO - 5 Oct 2009 13:47

Yes, I walk past the Wetherspoon's on a daily basis and I've seen a good few fights and plenty of aggro outside it. Usually some 'ladies' with plenty of onlookers.

I do sometimes stop for a quick and cheap pint&meal when it's not busy, but as it's also very rough I don't linger.

(The frisking is news to me, though not surprising)
BigManBigThirst - 15 Sep 2009 10:07
If you rate a pub by whether or not you can use chip & pin you really shouldn't be allowed to drink.
Glasgowboy - 24 Feb 2009 12:43
Weve all seen the odd confrontation in a pub, but Ive never seen a wild west style punch-up . . . until I came here! I arrived on Thursday and arrived to see a brawl in full swing, between two groups, at least some of whom appeared to have Irish accents. It consisted of even numbers of males and females, led and urged on by the females. They were certainly too old to be students, mostly aged around or over 40. The staff did not seem particularly unnerved by it all. Does this happen often here? As a pub, 5 out of 10, though I cant fault the live entertainment!
Alex_Bradford - 18 Jan 2009 12:06
White Van Man

You obviously have not been in many Wetherspoons pubs! The majority are average to very poor.
wyndham - 5 Oct 2008 19:16
This is a disappointing pub. Fancy paying for a round of drinks on your credit / debit card and not using chip & pin? You would imagine in this day & age that this is absolutely awful.

The food is nothing like the menu says. Please don't be eager to expect anything nice to come out of it.

The bar staff manners have a lot to be desired for. They are more interested in taking your cash than making you feel welcome.

I've been to many pubs in my time. And this one just ain't worth heading into unless you are skint.
white_van_man - 5 Oct 2008 01:43
exactly what you'd expect from JDW
vinnnie - 1 Oct 2008 12:52
More of a mod-ed up Wetherspoons with a second bar upstairs. Young noisy Greenwich student crowd mostly in evidence, as you might expect. Visted on a mid-week evening during beer festival week (or fortnight, or whatever), so a decent range of booze on tap. At 1.79/pint, very possibly the cheapest pub in the area, and quite a bit cheaper than the 2.20/pint I paid at the WS close to my workplace for the same beer. But I guess that's location, location, location for you.

Beer in reasonable nick. Pub decent enough, but no real character, and wouldn't rave about it.
Mercurial - 10 Apr 2008 14:38
I paid a visit here to The Lord Hood last Sunday (13th Jan), prior to attending another excellent night at the Up the Creek comedy club next door. Its a run-down; though tidy enough locals pub which serves up jazz music from time to time Adding to the pubs detail, were, a pool table, an open area (presumably for the band?), pictures of Ships and, like so many pubs post since last July, candle lit tables. Why is this? Are they supposed to replace ashtrays? Beer selection was minimal, though the only ale, Courage Best, was tasty enough. It isnt cheap here though. Swearing, cackling clientele was plentiful, yet the atmosphere was tolerable. The background music (thankfully, not jazz) was decent enough, though this definitely isnt a pub to look out for.
HTM69 - 16 Jan 2008 18:55
Absolutely awful. Beers not kept correctly, staff with little or no knowledge of spoken English and as for complaining - forget it! Typically Wetherspoon style - pretend to sell and be a real ale outlet, but prefer the standard lager drinker and trouble maker!
elthamlass - 17 Oct 2007 14:54
Marginally better than average Spoons. Can get crowded, with a few obnoxious types knocking around, but it's well placed for the DLR/Greenwich station and near a subway/McBastards if you can't handle the 'Spoons fayre.
man_of_kent - 1 Jul 2007 15:32
This bar is wonderfull if you are a student because all the alchol and food is very cheap. The new leather sofas are also very comfortable. The range of Ale is also suprisingly good. The staff are always nice and freindly even if a few are a little slow on the uptake.
17831918 - 7 May 2007 16:40
must agree with the last shout,nice well kept ales,value for money,but has about as much soul as a doctors waiting room, this place really lacks atmosphere even for a wetherspoons
vinnnie - 20 Apr 2007 13:41
Ok, first the good points. It's cheap, it's close to the DLR, the beer's ok and errrrr....did I say it's cheap?
Apart from that, there's not really a lot to write home about. Some very dodgy characters floating around and it struck me as the sort of place where you definitely wouldn't want to leave your coat over the back of a chair !
Still, had a great evening catching up with a few ex workmates. Roger did a sterling job with the whip and we even had some free entertainment in the shape of a bit of road rage outside.
Wouldn't rush back but it was convenient for the purpose and I've certainly been in far worse places !
The bouncer on the way out was a nice touch, though !
Cover_Point - 3 Apr 2007 16:25
Started many a night off in this place. Nothing to rave about, particularly as it gets so packed full of chavs on weekend nights but I've been to worse pubs. Can't moan too much. It's just like a standard Wetherspoons really.
ST2004 - 19 Dec 2006 19:11
Its a Wetherspoons in an insignificant building, so you can pretty much guess 99% of the details without ever going there. Youll know what beers they have to offer, what is available on the menu, what the dcor looks like (like any other Wetherspoons in a new building), what the service levels are like (1 person to run the entire upstairs bar), and what kind of clientele youre going to rub shoulders with.

Heres the 1% though. Wetherspoons patrons typically drink vast quantities of ale, and eat cheap food. This should have been a consideration when they designed the toilets. Instead, they built stalls the size of phoneboxes, with solid floor to ceiling doors, and no ventilation/extractor fans. Plus theres only four of them for a two floor pub, so they are in constant use. Ill leave you to consider the ramifications.
topdog_andy - 14 Nov 2006 11:20
Miserable, depressing bar where you go to hammered as cheaply as possible before the fights break out. Soul sucking and possibly the only pub in town that would benefit from a Greenwich Inc take over
anonymous - 7 Nov 2006 11:17
This is a decent enough place for a few cheaper drinks before moving on elsewhere in Greenwich. Not one for any H-File search, but then again I still maintain that Greenwich is more suited to couples on a night out, especially with its plethora of restaurants over bars for instance. We came here Friday night (4 August) as I wanted to simply catch up with mates and talk to them without having to shout over blaring music. We even got a seat upstairs and were all served promptly at the bar. My girlfriend somehow managed to buy a round of 4 bottles of Corona and a Magners for under 5 (the bloke probably forgot to add on the Magners, but it's still a cheap round) which was quality! I think we all enjoyed our time here - mainly for the reasons stated above - before my girlfriend and I went to Inc Bar.
Searching_for_H_Files - 10 Aug 2006 10:06
Great on a hot summers day, yes it does look a bit like a cruise ship, the wonky, wobbly bar stool I sat on feels like i'm at sea as well and thats before I've had a drink. Very cheap drinks here and all within staggering distance of DLR, Bus stops and all that greenwich has to offer!
garycook1e - 22 Jul 2006 16:43
Like with all 'Spoons, The Gate Clock boasts great prices and selection, yet, aside from the nice location, thats all this pub has going for it. It's okay during a weekday evening, but gets far too packed at weekends.
HTM69 - 29 May 2006 22:14
Industrial-scale pubbing, this, but W'spoon's are there for that. Two pints and lunch for two, and you get change out of a tenner. Nice and warm on a bitterly cold day. Why, one wonders, does one consume cold drinks in such weather? There must be something about them other than their temperature. Pub dead handy for Cutty Sark DLR station. With Lent on the horizon, a nice place to take leave of one of life's pleasures.
pauldanon - 28 Feb 2006 17:16
Not one of my favourite pubs in Greenwich. Not much choice of beers but I could have picked the wrong day of the week(A Monday). Staff were a bit slow and only interested in parting you from your cash.
paulbeckett - 10 Feb 2006 08:16
cheap. but thats the best bit.
have to wait about 30 mins to get served as staff are more intrested in arsing about with the fridges than serving (even when there are 10 staff behind the bar and a queue 3 deep only 4 ever bother to serve)
anonymous - 21 Nov 2005 12:31
Sure its cheap but thats still too high a price to pay for one of the most unpleasant pubs in Greenwich. The bouncers frisking customers on the door should give you an idea about this stinker
greenwich_paul - 18 Nov 2005 14:59
One of the least pleasant Spoons. The floor at the bar is very sticky.
SilkTork - 23 Aug 2005 10:53
Been in this pub a few times, and i've got nothing bad to say about it. Normally go in there after i've raided the cd stalls at the market :D Good mix of people and i've never had to wait a long time to get served. Great selection of beers (and no, i'm not an old man lol) Nice looking touristy women in there at the weekends :D
RobLawford - 16 Aug 2005 20:13
Had a couple of beers one afternoon, was ok ish as well, big room upstairs, too much like a working mens club, cheap seats and cheap was OK tho'...and met a great bird in there as well!
harlequin - 9 Mar 2005 03:25
Cant moan too much cos its cheap but the staff aint too good.
VickieB - 6 Jan 2005 16:19
staff are shockingly slow!! 4 people waiting? = half an hour to get a drink! shocking. bad. but cheap!!!
nick - 27 Oct 2004 00:00
Great student waterhole with really cheap drink, especially on mondays. Upstairs feels more student orientated, none of the old bitter drinkers, perhaps they cant make it up the stairs! Could do with a bit more of a dress code, tend to get shell suit gangs adorned in stripey chequed hats (faux none-the-less) resulting in my girlfriend getting a pint tipped over her head for no apparent reason.

Sort out the air conditioning though, bloody freezin in there!
anonymous - 18 Mar 2004 17:02
Great for a cheap beer not bad selection too. Rubbish seats and interior, feels like a leisure centre conference hall, the chairs and tables give it a bit of an uncomfortable feel but that is all made up for when you see the beautiful bar maid with the half shaved head she makes it worth going there even if my girlfriend comes along!! Bit too busy at weekends but good for starting the night off with.
Xrub - [email protected] - 23 Feb 2004 16:23
A typical Wetherspoons, special offers, cheap food in the daytime but no TV or music. Full of old men drinking bitter (a feature of all Wetherspoon pubs) but close to the DLR station. A good place to have a couple before a night out but I wouldn't spend all evening there.
Steven - 5 Feb 2004 18:04
good 4 a cheap stella on mondays lots of resturants nearby
andy - 7 Jan 2004 17:36
I has a good atmosphere on the weekends and have never had a problem getting served there, the staff in there are the best that i have found in Greenwich, well done lads and lasses keep up the good work!!!!
Steve - 3 Dec 2003 10:34
It's a fantastic place, when on emergency pennies you can still get drunk and the rest of the time it draws the scumbags out of the nice places around greenwich leaving you free to enjoy your evening somewhere else without any hassle.
anonymous - 4 Aug 2003 10:24
Just the usual whetherspoon atmosphere only on a slightly larger scale. 2 level building complete with a bouncer on the door who restricts entry and exit. Design is okay - though the carpet is a bit YUKKY. Has the usual mix of lots of tables, cheap food and drink (2 meals for under 6 I think) and various fruit machines and games machines. Chris Tarrant haunts one corner where some have ventured but hardly any have come away with money intact.
Lucy - 11 Jun 2003 19:16
horrendous place, feels like a cruise liner or an airport lounge! yuck! No atmoshphere at all and full of greenwich scumbags!
anonymous - 22 May 2003 15:11
Got frisked on the way in here, a bit over the top even if a pint and 2 glasses of wine did cost 3.29!
Clare - 16 Feb 2003 18:57

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