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user reviews of the Assembly Rooms, Epsom

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Amazingly busy place, for drinkers and diners. Like other Wetherspoons, it's trading for 3/4 hours before the competition has opened; it also closes later.

Pubs around it are dying/closing and this pub just gets busier. When will the other operators even try to compete with Spoons - who also lead the way in nearby Horley, Redhill Leatherhead etc?
tradervic - 22 Nov 2019 16:26
Now under new management, look out for excellent beers that are unusual for 'spoons pubs.
slerpy - 10 Jun 2019 17:06
croydonpeer comments that the Assembly Rooms is the busiest pub for 25 miles that covers all of Greater London! Too many sherberts for the little lad,don't lie in such a stupid fashion!
slerpy - 17 Aug 2016 17:58
Nice place for a few cheap lagers before heading of to my more exclusive haunts where the ladies are waiting.
fozzy123 - 27 Jul 2016 09:23
Silly comments before.

This is the busiest pub in about 25 miles! Good food/beer, busy, efficient - and in Epsom centre.

Have us residents made the wrong choice/decision?

'eye shud coco'
croydonpeer - 27 May 2016 22:54
Wouldn't recemend took my mum here for Mother's Day, 10 of us went,
9 out 10 meals where ok, the other meal was fish and chips suppose to be
Cod, it came out and everyone on the table complained about the smell,
It was Off and had been left out, when asked for the manager was refused,
Then assiant manager came over was very rude, laughed at the situation
When asked for details was rufused,

Would never go back, wouldn't recommend to anyone,

Parris - 15 Mar 2015 17:54
The staff here strut around a treat customers with contempt, a very hard thing to show so much chutzpah when your on £6.50 an hour! I only visit for a quick coffee the beer is s***.
slerpy - 6 Nov 2014 15:26
Unusually upmarket for a W'Spoons. Uppity little w***** serving at the bar though. Had an excellent German Weissbier here called Benediktiner, which was expensive but worth it. Probably a place worth a visit if your in the area.
Masterpint47 - 12 Oct 2014 21:17
I noticed a few days ago that the satchets have been done away with and a condiment carrier comes out about six minutes after the food has been served, another 'spoons cock up! Yes the removal of satchets is a good thing, they create untold litter on the floor but the condiments should be delivered to the table first a few seconds prior to the meal. The coffee that I had was very good indeed,the beer was average at best, but in fairness I had just had a great pint of Citra from Hop Back Brewery in the Jolly Coopers beforehand.
slerpy - 30 Oct 2013 19:37
Not bad for a spoons, good beers on, food was very good, service at the bar could be a bit quicker.
blackdragon66 - 17 Apr 2013 10:12
Cavernous Wetherspoons pub. New food menu due soon but there were a few specials on today. The Hoi Sin Duck noodles were good. Beer range today was less than inspiring but what I tried was very good indeed (Directors, Broadside and 49er).
Mothroy - 7 Jan 2013 22:13
The London Inn in Torquay is far better than the Ginger in Torquay where you need a Davy lamp strapped to your head to even find the bar !!!!
slerpy - 18 Nov 2012 17:21
Or, badger - maybe the one (of about 900!) in Cairo; keep on point m8......
oaktreedog - 2 Oct 2012 22:07
Sorry mate but if you think that's bad try Spoons London Inn in Torquay!!!
Honeybadger - 2 Oct 2012 18:17
By far one of the worst pubs I have ever been in, mainly due to the fact that the staff seem to be unmotivated and lazy, waiting times go on and on. Woe betide if one complains, one elderly gentleman in his late 80's complained and was rudely asking to leave, this is a person who served our country in the war.

ichelski - 2 Oct 2012 15:26
cockneypaul - 29 Jun 2012 12:41
One of the good Wetherspoons.

Very clean, good prices, good service, customers well behaved even on Derby weekend.

Some of us remember the days when you could not get in to a pub in Epsom on Derby Day; they all closed for 'private parties'.

For Wetherspoon to sell very good quality ales for £3 a pint on Derby Day they deserve praise.
ArhurPint - 3 Jun 2012 07:38
Today the Assembly rooms had O'Hanlon's Flagship, one of the better offerings during the Beer Festival.
slerpy - 26 Mar 2012 17:29
A far superior 'spoons , wonderful decor, exceptionally clean ,great young proactive staff and a complete tosser for a manager. So overall i'm ambivalent about the place , the ale is normally boring but today they had Adnam's Spice, Adnams are doing some really great monthly specials and this is the best by far if you include the fact that the temperamental, awkward ,cussed dwarf of a manager was absent this became albeit temporarily a wonderful pub. Tomorrow the Adnams will have been finished and the manager from hell will be on duty( life is like that).9/10 today but i'll drop it to 4/10 tomorrow!
slerpy - 1 Dec 2011 16:11
Typical Wetherspoons, what you see is what you get. Cheap and cheerful price, ok staff, fairly clean environment. Your typical Wetherspoons.
publover35 - 5 Nov 2011 13:51
A bit different to your normal 'Spoons. Stone flag floors is a nice touch. Longish bar away from the seating area. Main seating area split into two & a hospitable place to enjoy a few sherberts. Decent range of beers. I preferred it to many 'Spoons I've been to.
Wilson_MacDonald - 9 Oct 2011 16:52
Better this visit than as on my previous posting, but my eggs "well done", were slightly under cooked, leaving one in a runny state.
A pint of Keloway Island Brewery Pale Rider, from Sheffield, was good on a hot sticky day.
jbsjazzer - 12 Aug 2011 14:55
This is a large 'Spoons which could be quirky and indeed probably is some times. w/r/t beer it only had on three standard ales (apart from lagers of which I know not) but that was because they are currently running a cider festival, which is unusual though I wonder how many of the usual 'Spoons clientele are going to go for cider.
rainlight - 22 Jul 2011 08:04
We went in there for breakfast. They know how to properly cook eggs 'well done'.
Service was initially good, but when my friend wanted a second coffee, service was so slow, that we eventually left, before being served!
jbsjazzer - 22 Jun 2011 09:51
don't agree with the people who say service is bad this is a spoons with service I recently spent a week in Epsom and found the service to be superb even on Derby day the average wait was 2 minutes. One bar maid was running the length of the bar to get to customers she even had the sense to call a coleague doing ancillary jobs if someone was waiting. Never seen such enthusium in a spoons. Will def be back before I work there again superb
dougie59 - 12 Jun 2011 21:18
As above a typical Spoons although it dose feel like your drinking in a coach station it takes a living age to get served (standerd spoons) but staff are friendly except the manager he seems to have a big chip on his sholder for some reason and a verry fake smile and facial expressions when you talk to him food is good if not buisy breakfasts are great it is good place to meet up with your friends before you go out n about and get few reasonable priced drinks although i do wish they would bring back Carling
EnglishpubsRgr8 - 17 Oct 2010 13:09
Standard Weatherspoons, therefore great for the start of a night out. Very big, easy to find seats, very cheap and wide range of drinks. Also very light and spacious which gives it an airy, echoey atmosphere and is usually really lively. Definitely the best place to start a night in the town.
thefourmusketeers - 3 Sep 2010 16:26
This pub is excellent, usually a good range of real ales.
I only visit during the afternoons when it is a bit more civilised.
Can be a bit slow at lunchtimes with people ordering meals without first deciding what they want.
Staff seem pleasant enough, but could have more on at busy times.
dalecu - 24 Jul 2010 17:50
Lovely looking modern interia marble/ bare brick.The bad news is that the staff and manager just can't be asked,they hardly bother to go through the motions.As a child my parents banged on about " manners costing nothing" in here you would think that mild civility was a capital offence! I peeked to the side of the bar as I started to suspect that someone at their back was holding a gun and instructing them to act like disaffected automatons! The Ascot Alligator Ale was reasonably good .The food was cold but served on a plate that was hot! This pub has a rating of 4.6 out of ten, why so high ? I'll be fair and go for a two. On entering the place we wondered why no one else was in there, I am not wondering now!
slerpy - 19 Jul 2010 19:00
To describe this as "the only place in epsom to get a decent pint of real ale" is like describing Stamford Bridge as the only place in London to watch a game of football. That said, this is one of the better examples of Wetherspoons... a bit like the Moon on the Hill in Sutton for quality of food and ale, but without the desperate need for a good bit of renovation!
sfocata - 19 Jun 2010 17:44
A typical 'spoons in a nice area.The staff varied between brain donor stupid and those putting in an effort.A very restricted guest list choice(three) fortunately alton pride from Triple fff was on, not i hasten to add in award winning form.The biggest shock for me was that children were allowed to use the bar as a climbing frame,kneeling on it and crawling around!!!! Dangerous for the children. The Area Manager needs to check the Cctv for this lunchtime.Several children came in at various times messed about at the bar and the staff did not give a stuff!!!I am obviously used to the more eagle eyed Croydon 'spoons.a disgrace.Service 2, ale range 4, ale quality 4.Child supervision and maintaining the law minus 20.
slerpy - 6 Apr 2010 16:35
Decent enough food, good choice of drinks and one of the better pubs in Epsom. The only beef I have with it is that they often don't have enough bar staff on so be prepared to be patient.

Their roasts on a Sunday are nice and big (no idea what that person was talking about "minimalist portions" for), curries are good too.

You get a few chavs in every now and then, they catch the smell of cheap beer on the wind, however by and large the clientele are just ordinary folk.

followedthrough - 19 Feb 2010 13:10
This venue has become one of the best in town. Sunday Night poker is a great laugh. The ale festival on at the moment makes it the only place in epsom to get a decent pint of real ale.

harrynotlarryfool - 5 Nov 2009 15:13
The pub is quite drab and dreary insdie, nice and big though. Frequently you get dodgy people there tho - they always seem to hang out in the weatherspoons'! This is not a 'comfortable' pub although decent enough if you want a quick cheap drink. The food may be cheap but dont fall for it - unless you like the minimalist cuisine - tiny portions, if ordering with friends dont expect to get your food until your friend has long finished theirs (totally unacceptable i think!) food is also clearly microwaved from the freezer.
kmonkey - 23 Oct 2009 11:30
good for a wetherspoons
mickmuncher - 20 Oct 2009 08:26
I'm not a fan of 'Spoons' pubs but this one at least does try. It's not the best pub in Epsom but you could do worse than this one.

Some good guest ales last time I was in and wasn't overcrowded given that it was 12.30 on a Sunday lunchtime. Tad different on racedays and Fri/Sat evenings tho.
Oakman100 - 5 Sep 2009 09:01
Visited just recently ,White Monk was very drinkable. Chiliconcarne nice and spicy could have been warmer.Not very busy 13.30 Tuesday.Staff very polite.well turned out not a bad Wetherspoons.
retiree - 18 Aug 2009 22:51
a great pub. Good beer, good food, great prices. However what makes this pub is indeed the staff. Tony, Adam, Martin and the team are a sensational example of how to run a pub. Keep up the good work guys! Legends

Also, loving the wine and ale festivals, magic!
publover24 - 17 Jun 2009 04:02
Pleasant enough pub. Very pleasant Wetherspoon. Warm on a cold day with 99p a pint who can complain.
southfields - 27 Jan 2009 18:00
some of the bar staff are fantastic all in fact but one not naming names but the girl with long brown hair and braces is power mad she needs sorting out or sacking!!! very rude im surprised someone hasnt hit her.
publover1002 - 23 Jan 2009 12:49
How can you honestly not love this place? Okay, it gets rammed of a friday night, with standing room only all round, but the atmosphere is always fun, with plenty of totty about in their mini skirts and low cut tops!!!

They have a great range of ales, both real and lager, and the promo offering IPA at 99p a pint is simply a winner!!

The place is also very safe, with a security presence constantly patrolling the place, keeping the chavvy minority in place.

Good effort Tony and team, keep up the good work.
ollieetee - 16 Jan 2009 12:38
Pub is clean. Staff tend to be pretty efficient. I like it for the Polish Bottles Beers, which are excellent value. Food not great quality but good value for money if you are hungry. Overall, standard wetherspoon-factory affair but has a nicer ambiance than most I've been too and secrity is pretty good on a Friday night, which keeps the kids in line.
crobrom - 12 Aug 2008 14:33
Popped in here to-day, walked the length of the bar and went out the door. The reason; only one 'guest' ale on plus the usual ones.

It has never been much of a pub from the day it opened; there are definitely much better pubs in Epsom.
wyndham - 3 Jul 2008 19:40
girlfriend and I had a shocking couple of beers but the staff were very efficient and friendly in exchanging them for something bottled

big square box of a pub with big plasmas for the football - a good spot for a game with the lads
doobydooby - 22 May 2008 14:40
good food. great prices.
mikeyn - 3 May 2008 22:34
Had a swift half here while waiting for a train. Bog standard Wetherspoons but nice to see a range of Hogs Back: HBB, Hop Garden Gold and Winter Ale. Also had Pedigree and GK IPA & Abbot.
GuideDogSaint - 3 Feb 2008 13:32
Not bad for a wetherspoons pub, fairly large. But running by the numbers
the_original_rawnsleys - 18 Oct 2007 08:43
Went in here for a meal as we had a discount voucher. The steak was surprisingly good - tender and tasty, not the cremated remnants that many pubs serve up these days.

As for the atmosphere - well, there wasn't one. This is otherwise a sterile, cavernous town-centre clone pub, with no character or real appeal. It's functional, at least.
thebunster - 25 Aug 2007 18:57
I had a drink in here before and after the Derby at the weekend. It definitely wasnít my idea to travel all that way and end up in the same Wetherspoons pub twice.

The management were very strict on people not drinking outside, which was a shame as it was a lovely day. I was informed by a member of staff that they are waiting for the council to decide on their application for drinking outside.

The pub itself is the usual large spoons pub with very cheap drinks.
Strongers - 7 Jun 2007 08:59
A large Wetherspoon pub in the centre of Epsom with a large paved area outside. Ideal if you have a motorbike like me. Large lounge on 3 levels with bar on top one. Comfortable with plenty of seating. It appears to be popular with families. There is a good range of real ales that are well kept. Although it is well worth a visit, it rather lacks character for me.
boozers_knows - 9 May 2007 20:45
Hey. The beer is good, the pub is pretty nice inside (flagstones, period details etc), and it is a good place for a cheap mid week drink. No obvious signs of pikey elements. Thursday to Saturday nights, it does suddenly become an 18-21ís pub, but even then it is just noisy. If you want real ale, or a quick cheap drink in a reasonable surroundings I would recommend it Ė but for the more refined drinker go to the Marquis of Granby which is infinitely better and just across the road.
anonymous - 9 May 2007 15:51
wetherspoons is wetherspoons, you know what you get, food has gone very much downhill overlast couple of years and this is throughout the company - basically the novelty has worn off for me, i once ordered my food and 1 minute later it was on my table in front of me.
better value for food is the stonleigh inn, go there at lunchtime and the food is much better value
slums999 - 26 Apr 2007 18:30
as far as wetherspoons go a good 'un.

nice and busy,service not too bad,good choice and cheap as chips. u get what u pay for.
anonymous - 17 Apr 2007 22:45
I work for this pub and i used to despise working there, but since the refurb and the management has changed really enjoy my job there. I agree you cannot pick your customers which is really a shame as a lot of the customers there are scum, and you cannot put atmosphere into a pub that has no music and tv with no sound. You also can't have anything more than a limited choice of drinks. However, the pub has turned itself around in the last 6 months and is a nice place to work in. However none the less it is still a wetherspoons and that can not be helped. As a pub to go to for reasonable priced drinks and food i do recommend it. Go there on fridays and try the new fresh fish is my recommendation as it is absoloutly beautiful, and unlike most of the other food all comes in fresh and the sauces and side dishes are all prepared in the morning and as per order. The range of beers has gone up recently and even includes fruli which is an interesting choice for people with a sweet tooth.

If you ever wonder why the staff seem uninterested and perhaps moody i would suggest you put yourself in their position. Get told off for chatting to long to the customers, there is no music, and then the customers you are allowed to chat to are mainly the people from the local council estate and the reason you are chatting to them is to stop them glassing your nicer customers! That aside this pub is never going to go out of business because for some uncanny reason people love wetherspoons.

Lets face it, there is never a boring day there either with the amount of action that goes on....
Sepheh - 13 Mar 2007 02:00
I agree with kobyrne, its not worth the watery "beer" its soaked in. musicless, atmosphere free, watering hole of the job seeker. Beligerant door men who I.D old age pensioners, poor service at best. god help you if you eat there.

like the man says, go to the marquis accross the road, unless you frequently offer your custom to weatherspoons in which case please remain behind.
harrynotlarryfool - 13 Feb 2007 11:35
I visited last Friday, 15 September and the refurbishment has made it slightly better. However, still a boring, atmosphere-less pub. Uninterested bar staff and not a very good selection of real ale. Never have more than one pint as I usually use it as resting place as I await my bus home. I visited it during the first week after it opened it was not much cop then and it still remains so.
anonymous - 20 Sep 2006 13:27
Crappy Weatherspoons pub.
Had had a big re-furb, but I found it to be dirty with sticky unwashed tables and torn chairs / stools.
Full of rough chavs too.
Shame as it is a nice big old building with a lot of history (was the original Epsom Spar house.

Go to the Marquis of Grandby across the road. Much better!
kobyrne - 11 Aug 2006 12:15
Newly refurbed but is still very much a whetherspoons I'm afraid!!

However, the only place I have found so far that sells Kronenbourg Blanc in Epsom!! This is worth a 10/10 in it's self!! Overall though not gonna come near that rating yet I'm afraid....

And they have the best toilets I have ever seen....! It doesn't take a lot though! ;-D
oohahhjustanotherone - 8 Aug 2006 14:11
it has now benn closed for a refurb lets hope when it re-opens it doesn't fall back into its old ways
anonymous - 5 Aug 2006 13:52
Godd place for cheap food and beers but you always get the scumbags in there looking for a fight every weekend.
malakie - 30 Jul 2006 14:27
Soon to be refurbished, will be closed from around the 30th July for a week.
tucari - 10 Jul 2006 14:50
MrLloydEvans - 30 May 2006 17:20
I popped in for about an hour yesterday afternoon. I was amazed to find that on this occasion there were bar staff eager to serve the customers!
Still rather poor on clearing away glasses and changing ashtrays though.
They still need to sort out that uneven floor which causes tables and stools to wobble.
The group of unpleasant drunken old men seem to have relocated to the Albion, but this still remains (at times) the Chav centre of Epsom, and a day centre for unemployed alcoholics.
Sean_Epsom - 23 May 2006 14:36
Like all pubs in this chain the beer is very cheap. Also the decor is pleasant and the toilets are clean. Unfortunately, the service at the bar is abysmal. It is typical to wait a long time to be served, and for the staff to pay no attention to which customer is next. At times, the bar can have several people waiting to be served, while staff who are not behind the bar are standing by the food hatch talking, or replenishing the fridges or other duties, despite the growing number of customers waiting. You can spend an hour there without tables being cleaned, glasses collected, or ashtrays emptied. The high tables and stools in the center of the pub wobble, and are frequently stabilised with menus etc. I asked for a pint of Courage Best the other day and was told it was off; I said "why don't you turn the pump sign round so that customers will know?", to which the barman replied that he "was not allowed!". If there is a manager he or she must be very part-time.
Sean_Epsom - 7 Mar 2006 14:42
Further to my review below, I popped in yesterday to have a quick drink (after checking there was a clean table to sit at) and am pleased to report much improvement.

Prompt service at the bar, clean tables, staff clearing plates and glasses, a much more pleasant experience.

I ordered a meal and it was served promptly on a hot plate and the food was fine.

Keep up the good work.
gmcd - 4 Feb 2006 13:55
What a pity that this lovely building is home to such a filthy pub. Everytime I visit I see dirty plates, glasses and menus all over the place. A dirty knife and fork on the floor on my last visit. Food was luke warm, took ages to get served. It is such a pity. Needs a good Manager to sort the place out. Toilets spotless. Shame about the rest of the pub.
gmcd - 4 Jan 2006 12:15
What is going on in this pub?! The managers definatley don't know. I didn't realise that you had to wade through 2 members of door staff & an middle aged couple to get into spoons on a friday night! surely they need to clear all the glasses off the floor & wash em, rather than standing around! Crap!
HavItLarge - 9 Oct 2005 17:13
This place is a dump, anytime i go in here its filthy. Empty glasses, plates everwhere and when you walk in to the place theres allways chavs sitting by the door with about 10 kids. This is enough to put you off even thinking about going inside the place. Beer is cheap and so it bloody well should be because to be honest id prefer to drink my own piss, at least i know my cock would be cleaner then the glasses. Rubbish rubbish rubbish.
malakie - 30 Apr 2005 18:14
Cheap beer, but gets the knock-on effects as a result: a few lairy geezers and chavsters get in here, but the atmosphere is fine (no doubt the burly, surly bouncers help). Food is adequate but nothing to write home about.
Jack_Carter - 29 Mar 2005 13:05
Beer is good for the price: now and again they have some good guest beers on. 5 bean chilly is very nice. Excellent value!
Colin Wills - 29 Oct 2004 15:47
Friendly enough pub, but the draught beer is awful. The last time I was in there, both me and my mate had the squits all afternoon.
Leslie - 24 Oct 2004 15:46
I just hope one member of staff reads this, now that the litten tree has gone, all the chavs had nowhere to go, so they just half go vestry (now that the new doormen are so rubbish) and half go to this place, its just a shame that nowhere else is so cheap.
The Swill - 18 Oct 2004 15:28
Am considering mounting my challenge for the World Record attempt at the longest wait to be served at a bar. Unbelievably slow and surly...none of the staff smile (not surprising, can you imagine working there?!!). Cheap steak night and curry nights cannot even help lift this pub from the deep trench of filth that it is currently residing in. A major rethink and redesign is needed as this could potentially be a good place...just get rid of the chavscum.
G - 7 Oct 2004 17:18
Do yourself a favour and go to the best pub in Epsom ... it's over the road and called the Albion. The Assembly Rooms has cheep beer, but is full of Epsom chav youth.
antichav - 23 Sep 2004 19:58
Service is terrible, the place is full of chavs, and devoid of any atmosphere whatsoever. Well done wetherspoons.
Anon - 20 Aug 2004 16:43
Entrance only granted on wearing of burbery cap, tracksuit bottoms and ripped of England football top.
Gareth - 17 Mar 2004 17:17
Not as bad as the one in Leatherhead, I almost like going there, it's okay for an hour or so with the right people.
Keion - 19 Jan 2004 17:31
music needed!!
anonymous - 30 Dec 2003 19:02
Staff are a good laugh. Service great. Get rid of the pikeys and u'll have the best place in Epsom.
Kim - 14 Dec 2003 13:46
Total blandness prevails, Full of the pikeys in the Run-up to Shit-cagos (sure that place must have some great reviews!!). Although surely the toilets must win some sort of award for their sheer size, SOO much room for the Typical Epsom beating. Then on to the lovely Roosters next door for Round 2.
Mattd - 14 Nov 2003 17:27
Feels like having a drink in an airport bar, cavernous and without atmosphere of any kind
Nick - 24 Sep 2003 16:50
Packed, packed, packed.
Also I got asked for ID, not that I care but I'm 23 and was only geting someone out of the pub to go to a less pikey place.
Alex - 22 Jul 2003 23:43
General trend of a Wetherspoons pub, its ok for cheap drinks!! It feels a lot cleaner than most Wetherspoons though...
anonymous - 15 Jul 2003 09:15

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