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Leaping Salmon, Berwick upon Tweed

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user reviews of Leaping Salmon, Berwick upon Tweed

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Went in last week. Weather was bad so a few beers was called for. Four real ales on tap. Plus a couple of American Ales one on tap. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed my time here having had three pints and a plate of nachos. Staff harassed but friendly, as were some locals, but the in buggy brigade were there with the obligatory grandparents but no wedding bands and screaming kids. This was late afternoon no idea what the evenings would be like.
droggs - 22 Oct 2015 23:07
Called in a couple of times and didn't experience the negative aspects mentioned below.
Busy-ish and the beer was fine. I was only killing time till my bus though.
LickeyEndBooze - 24 Apr 2014 20:37
went in on a friday early afternoon. for a wetherspoons got served easily. the pint of abbot was a bargain at 1-35 a pint which was cheap even by wetherspoons standards. found it a good pub and was busy. for the time of day . would go again if i was in berwick again
forestwood - 1 Feb 2012 19:32
You know how there are only two kinds of Wetherspoon? The good ones with well kept ales and friendly and efficient staff; and the grim care in the community halls for borderline sociopathic alcoholics.

This is the latter.
twohalves - 6 Aug 2011 23:23
Called in last Saturday afternoon. The price of the beer on offer and the food are the obvious (but unfortunately the only) reasons to visit. I received a pint of Abbott but it was obviously off. Spoke to another female staff member who gladly pulled another, explaining it had just been changed. It still wasn't right, so I was offered an alternative, which was drinkable without being memorable.

The plate of chilli con carne nachos were cheap, cheerful and quick to arrive. Some of the male locals were loud if inoffensive and it wasn't overfull.....that said the weather was filthy!! The right side of okay for the visit but no more.
DME - 8 Feb 2011 12:28
For such a historic and much-visisted town, although the building itself is OK this is a Wetherspoons which should be better than it is. An above average number of terminally unemployed handrollers both inside and in the doorway making it difficult to enter, with the bonus of a whiff of cannabis in passing, but on the positive side an unusual absence of single mothers in trackies with their sprogs in buggies. Two drinkable beers from Northumbrian at 1.29 a pint and the cheapest Wetherspoons meal offers I've seen anywhere seemingly explain its popularity. It does what it says on the tin, but I would not bother to visit again.
Stamfordian - 5 Feb 2011 10:51
On a sunny January afternoon, I arrived and waited at the bar. Another guy was there and it seemed that the Unleaded had gone off and she was changing "it". Time passed slowly - the girl avoided any eye contact - no communication whatsoever. Eventually the problem was sorted out and the customer served. As I prepared to ask for a drink a bloke got up from a group of local stalwarts and she served him instead. Perhaps I should have written my order on Facebook or texted her. I walked out. Mr. Hampson really should root out rubbish like this. Points : 1 for the view
JBGatelad - 5 Feb 2011 10:36
A number of previous reviewers have commented on slow service, tables not being cleared etc. I find this quite common in 'Spoons pubs because they are often understaffed - anyone who has drunk or tried to get a meal in the Ship of Fools in Croydon at lunchtime will know what I mean. It seems to be Company policy. On the other hand it keeps costs down so the drinks can be cheap.
THe lack of atmosphere is also endemic to 'Spoons pubs, but I suppose no atmosphere is better than a bad atmosphere. You pays yer money ......
spittalo - 21 Oct 2010 18:50
visited 3 weeks ago on a thursday - staff not on top of their game with service provided- i.e. not interested in clearing tables, but had the Acorn Barnsley Gold - 1.59 you cannot complain at that price.
the_amsterdam_man - 5 Sep 2010 23:09
Unusually run-down for a JDW - must be due for redecoration. Average selection of beer, not in very good condition - I didn't finish my pint. Needs sorting out!
newbury_drinker - 28 Jun 2010 09:46
From the outside this pub looks pretty, though inside it is quite bland. The barman when I was there was pleasant but the place seemed to lack soul. The sits next to the river, and the bridge nearby looks attractive in the evening when the lights come on, but the tables are next to the road - Golden Square. Neither a square or golden in anyway.
The Barrels Alehouse nearby is comfortably the best pub in Berwick.
blamm - 9 Oct 2009 14:47
Typical Wetherspoons identikit public house, serving the same guest ales and cheap frozen-fried fayre as its sisters up and down the country. As this is one of the cheapest pubs in Berwick, and its proximity to the town centre, it tends to always be busy, and sometimes it can take an eternity to get served. Therefore, inevitably, when you do find a table it will be covered in the remnants of the last parties meal / drinks.

Avoid in the late evening, particularly at weekends, as this is the closest bar to the (only) two nightclubs Berwick has to offer, and as a result this place is rammed with youngsters getting off their face on cheap shots and Wray and Nephews rum, and either being sick or spoiling for a fight.
MountainMan - 19 Jul 2009 19:43
We visit a lot of Wetherspoons around the country,and they're usually pretty good.There are exceptions,and this is one.On our last visit it was untidy,with a pile of cleaning stuff on one end of the bar,and a box of cloths,rubber gloves etc on the floor next to our table,masses of glasses waiting to be washed.This was only on a Thursday afternoon,not a busy period.Got fed up waiting to be served,only time we've ever left a JD's after only one pint.Definately could do better.
greyhead - 2 Feb 2009 20:34
As a small country town, Berwick is not over-endowed with good pubs and prices are generally higher than you would expect.Therefore the cheap prices at this JDW are welcome.There are two clubs in the street and area is best avoided late evenings at weekends as local youth get tanked up on cheap booze before going forth to do battle in the clubs & the street outside .
spittalo - 31 Jan 2008 20:11
Often pay a visit to Berwick and usually have a couple of pints in this establishment. Good selection of beer and has always been well kept when I've visited. On my last visit I had a couple of pints of Bass which was spot on. As my wife is not a drinker the addition of coffee is a real bonus for us. She had a cafe latte which she said was excellent. A pint of Bass and a latte for 2.25. Now that's value. Give it a try.
swift - 27 Sep 2006 19:01
Standard Wetherspoon pub. Generally uninspiring, but nothing particularly "wrong" with it either, other than a tendancy to serve short measures of beer! Can get busy with shoppers having meals (has usefully large family area) and a younger, noisier crowd weekend evenings. Impressive view over the River Tweed, but the front and outdoor drinking area looks on to an unpicturesque road. Usually five or more real ales on in reasonable condition.
BitterTwistedBoy - 5 Sep 2006 14:59
Use the Leaping Salmon a lot as me and the wife holiday up there a lot,Good Pub with decent pint and also the Pub Grub is good,Choice of 2 meals for 6.50 and a No Smoking Area which is a winner with me,Highly Recommended
CharlieTon - 22 Mar 2005 21:26

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