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Bridge House, Belfast

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user reviews of the Bridge House, Belfast

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Two level spoons, one of the few places that will provide a choice of real ale in Belfast, at sensible prices. Not many beers were on when i visited, so settled for a Wadworth 6X and enjoyed it.

Will be interesting to see if this chain flourishes in Belfast, as it has in most British cities.
nokegthanks - 12 Sep 2013 21:56
I'm told that this is one of only two Wetherspoons bars in Northern Ireland. Well, as a Londoner who's visited most 'spoons in London over the past twenty years, I have to say the Bridge House in Belfast puts all the rest to shame.

It's brilliantly run and has a really 'safe' atmosphere inside its huge environs - it's even got an upstairs area for special occasions.

Or maybe it's because Belfast people are just more civilised than us Londoners!
goodtimeguy - 12 Feb 2013 21:09
Very nice Wetherspoons. Plenty of real ale on tap and had a very nice steak too. Gets crowded even on a quiet night but certainly the cheapest pub in Belfast by far. Guiness was very good and the ales well kept.
zapsincl - 13 Sep 2012 10:31
I'm not a massive fan of 'spoons, but we visited twice for 2 very good reasons: Breakfast at about half the price of our hotel (and very good too), and also, it's about the only place to get real ale and a seat in Belfast. Service was fine, beer good. A bit atmosphereless, but, well, it's a 'spoons.
stymaster - 25 Aug 2012 22:16
While it may come as a bit of a culture shock to people from other parts of the UK, Wetherspoon's outlets are pretty much the only pubs in Northern Ireland where real ale is regularly available. The Bridge House probably has the widest range of ale and bottled beers/ciders in Belfast city centre but it remains pretty generic JDW.
pub_patron - 29 Nov 2010 15:32
JDW pub, does well in a city that's a bit of a real ale desert, they had the beer festival on and had a good choice of real ales in good condition. Had displays advertising Hilden's brewery so gets a thumbs up for promoting real ale too. As previous reviewers have noted, it's a cut above the rest of the JDW chain.
Abteilung - 24 Apr 2010 16:33
A real ale sanctuary with some interesting ales - It was their annual beer festival plus the usual GK medley. Typical JDW pub which shines in an area where Real Ale hasn't quite caught on.
Booze_Allen - 24 Apr 2010 11:53
A big Wetherspoons with big clear windows and remarkably good service, speedy, polite and I didn't see uncleared tables, the beer was in good nick as well. It does well what JDWs are supposed to do but fail more often than not. Décor and atmosphere wise it could be a JDW any where, there is an upstairs section and it is in what appears to be two older buildings knocked together, one bit looking much older than the other. The newer bit has some confusing door/windows, they certainly foxed a number of customers who didn't read the sign. Beer wise the usual keg suspects on a number of T bars, the small set of handpulls lurks hidden behind a pillar unseen when you enter from any direction. Not many interesting ales on the night I was in - Greene King and Marstons plus a very acceptable Woodforde's Nog. Good mix of punters with the under 30s predominating.

oldboots - 12 Oct 2009 08:52
Visited here yesterday (Saturday) morning. It's a large Wetherspoons and was fairly busy with people having breakfast. I find the Northern Irish drinking laws a bit strange. I duly waited until 11:30 for them to serve alcohol, after being told by the manager that I couldn't order a drink at 11:15. As soon as the clock struck 11:30, around 30 thirsty drinkers swarmed to the bar as the manager disappeared into the kitchen to leave the 2 flustered barmaids to cope with it all. Needless to say, it took a quarter of an hour to get everybody served with this attitude, especially considering the numbers of coffee being ordered at this time (why not stop selling coffee for 15-20 minutes if you know there is a rush for beer?). There were 4 real ales on handpump - Roosters Oakey Cream, Mordue Tinsel Town, Operation Market Garden Hell's Highway and Brewster's Daffy's Elixir. There was no real cider on draught. I resorted to the dependable range of bottled ciders/perries from the fridge.
blue_scrumpy - 21 Jun 2009 13:51
went in for breakfast as wetherspoons usually quick service with decent value bit of grub . but waited 40 mins and left half as did many people around me ,didnt seem to matter who ordered at what time they were just giving food to people before the people who ordered earlier. cant see me ever having food in there again!!
chrissyboy - 6 Oct 2008 12:58
The Bridge House follows the usual JDW business model, large sprawling premises, loads of seating, toilets (and a secondary bar) upstairs, and cheap prices - Guinness at £2.10. One of the few places in Belfast selling real ale although I got the impression they don’t really promote it or sell much which can lead to quality problems. I had a pint of Tanglefoot which I’m sure was Abbot (which I’d seen on an adjoining pump but was told was off) and then a cloudy but OK pint of Tawny Owl. Admittedly this wasn’t the only cloudy but OK pint I had in Belfast, I wonder if it’s something to do with transit. Handily the pub opens at 9am for breakfast and serves a good £1.99 Ulster Fry, or for £3.39 you can upgrade to the Farmhouse Breakfast if you‘re not on very good terms with your arteries.

Millay - 6 Jul 2008 09:07
Couldn't believe this was a spoons,was a real ming hole,and NO CRISPS or anything like that! saying that the sandwiches we had were very good,and the cider went down very well.as with mrduse we managed to see some trouble outside,the cops here certainly dont fanny around!!
rob3597 - 31 Jul 2007 22:31
Was usually packed with Chavs crowding the bar and drinking their share of swill (Stella). Still, served a few real ales (Caledonian and a few guests). Caters to the younger crowd hence the blaring music and 10 security guys at the door. Not a bad place in the daytime, but in the evenings you'll take your chances. Because of disturbance, we got a chance to see the Belfast police and their armoured vehicles. Man, those are guys that you DON'T want to mess with.
mrdruse - 27 Dec 2006 20:31
Cannot understand the 8.0 rating. Was in here (mercifully briefly) in May. It might be called Wetherspoons. It might 'do' food. But there any resemblance ends. As the locals do not appreciate reasonably priced real ales, but do appreciate the prices, the place is usually full of teenagers. The only real ale on offer was John Smith's (!) and it was ice cold. All the others were off, more or less permanently (I was told). You could, of course, have Guinness! The bar staff seemed sullen, as well they might.
Regis - 12 Aug 2005 09:51
Have been in a few times, good service, good prices.
Christopher - 28 Sep 2004 07:41

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