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Arnold MacHin, Newcastle under Lyme

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user reviews of Arnold MacHin, Newcastle under Lyme

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This Wetherspoons was the first of 7 pubs we tried in Newcastle early on a Saturday afternoon. The interior feels a little smaller than most branches. But the ale and cider range was good - Ruddles Best, Exmoor Beast, Kelham Island Pale Rider, Conwy Scrum Down, Greene King Abbot, Springhead Spice of Life, Moorhouses Pride of Pendle & Sharps Doom Bar; ciders were Thistly Cross Whisky Cask, Orchard Pig The Hogfather & Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon. Usual daytime 'spoons clientele. Situated just at the end of what I assume to be the main shopping street and where the pedestrianized zone begins.
blue_scrumpy - 7 Feb 2016 21:13
As wetherspoons go, a great bar to start the night off. Usually a good choice of beer, efficient service, and a nice outside area.
lesalanos - 8 Dec 2012 22:39
Really busy 'Spoons on our weekdaylunchtime visit. Good central spot overlooking some gorgeous public gardens. Ale choice a bit boring and after eating we didn't stay
Steamer1 - 19 Aug 2012 17:56
In here Saturday morning and very busy but got served OK.
Just a shame the adults with children can't keep them from running riot about the place. I was tempted to stick a leg out and trip one of the little blighters to see them go a*** over t** and hopefuly eat carpet on the way down.
10 hand pulls 5 for guests which sell @ £1.99 a pint.
bjbrummiejohn - 23 Apr 2012 08:20
Only been in once, but I couldnít find anything particularly wrong with it. The main drinking area is divided into two by the stairs to the toilets and the bar is on the right from the main entrance. There is a ďno alcoholĒ drinking/smoking area outside the front on the main street, and I believe it is also possible to sit out on a balcony down the side. It had one of the largest ranges of Festival Ales that I came across, 8 or 9 I think. The two I tried were certainly in reasonable form, and I didnít have any problem in getting served.

I canít comment on the food because I didnít eat there
I canít comment on clientele in the evening because I was there at lunchtime

6/10 Ė one of the better Spoons IMHO

Martinsh - 15 Apr 2011 23:10
A standard spoons pub tbh. beer range appears to be getting worse from its diversity of a few years ago. a nice location in town but atmosphere is damp and only worth it on a friday night if you love queing more than u do drinking
elalaer9 - 14 Jul 2010 14:45
I'd say Great beer, considering it's a wetherspoons, but I have to echo the staff comments...I get annoyed when i have to hang over the bar waving a tenner just to get noticed.
philgreg - 5 Jun 2010 23:52
excelent range of ales which i sampled several, large menu to suit all budgets, meals served in a timley fashion and hot, picturesque setting next to the Queens gardens which are especially nice in summer
pvfc1 - 22 Feb 2009 12:59
I have visited this pub a few times over the last 2 years, in the hope that the place may improve. Sadly I am always disappointed.

The Bar Staff during the day are generally pissing about between them and when they grace you with their presence, they seem to be annoyed that they may have to do some work.

Firstly, in the winter months this place always seems to be freezing. Secondly, the majority of the food seems to go through the micro wave. I donít have a problem with this, but the micro wave must be knackered as the food always turns up cold! And I am not talking about the salads either.

Pretty good prices on beer and food, but a waste of money if the quality of the food is crap.

Manager needs a kick up the arse as this place has great potential and could be more popular.

Until this happens I will be keeping a wide berth from this place.

Would of got Zero reating if it was not for the reasonable beers on offer.

wilko99 - 8 Dec 2008 09:49
You can get served, just about, when it's a bit quieter (say, Monday evening around 6.00 pm) but then it feels like an empty barn. Atmosphere isn't a word that was considered important when they converted this place.
anonymous - 27 May 2007 16:51
Yes echo comments below...Not enough bar staff, and the ones there are so bogged down continually serving...such a shame, prime spot....some good invitational ales..Pity.
WALLSY50 - 30 Apr 2007 13:46
Very busy Sunday morning - stretched staff, adequate beer
mtaylor40 - 26 Mar 2007 21:14
great pub,-in the afternoons -when you can get served!! Friday and Saturday queues are five-6 deep and
takes about 20 mins. for service!!
good choice of drinks...when you can get to them.
pity they don't take on more staff at these busy times.
WALLSY50 - 16 Oct 2006 14:12
The former Post Office. Service is about as slow as it was when the GPO owned it, except they've disposed of the queue rail. Not badly done out, but as per most Wetherspoons, it's the second home of various alcoholics and derelicts after a cheap pint.
simonpalmer - 13 Apr 2005 17:13

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