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Reasonable Spoons on the Monday night I visited.
alexw - 14 Nov 2016 21:23
Our second 'Spoons of the day. This one wasn't quite as good. Bar staff didn't seem to give two hoots. The ale and cider selection was not the best either - Portobello Market Porter, Adnams Enraptured, Fullers London Pride, Red Squirrel Redwood American IPA & Greene King Abbot & IPA. Ciders were Cornish Orchards Farmhouse Cider & Sandford Orchards Rhubarbed. The place was fairly quiet.
blue_scrumpy - 27 Jul 2014 19:16
Came in here on a Friday evening at around 7.Couldn't believe how quiet it was.No more then 20 in,which for a City pub at that time on a Friday is terrible.Three staff on looking very under utilised.Decent pint of Timothy Taylor's Golden.
boundsgreenboy - 28 Oct 2013 21:47
Building has no character: but we found staff efficient and welcoming, and service remarkably quick for a Friday lunchtime. Excellent Stowford Press: but Ale Festival not heavily featured. Standard JDW food.
artieleblanc - 5 Apr 2013 19:32
Came in on a Friday lunchtime and most people were q'ing for food.

The service for food and drink was slow, really slow. I ordered pints of Umble Ale and stepped away from the bar.

Not that busy really, decent spoons and another tick.

Reasonably priced even though it's on the cusp of the city.
lezford - 3 Dec 2012 19:38
I have to confess, I didn't bother to have a drink. As per a previous comment, a bit like going to Tescos. I know that sounds snobbish but let's face it, if you visit a Wetherspoon pub, especially at lunch time, you know what to expect - winos and students, and anyone else that wants cheap beer. Why CAMRA insist on putting these pubs in the Good Beer Guide I'll never know. Maybe it’s something to do with the fact that Wetherspoon bankroll their membership.
Doob - 27 Nov 2012 16:09
Agree with other reviewers on the character of this pub. It is a large open-plan L-shaped room. But being a Wetherspoons, it does offer a good selection of ales - Fullers London Pride, Greene King IPA & Abbot Ale, Milk Street Beer, Brakspear Ninety Nine & Yeovil BST. Ciders were Westons Old Rosie & Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon. Handily located if you're in this end of the City or are visiting the Tower.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Jul 2012 12:25
Popped in on Saturday night of Diamond Jubilee, having been to excellent Spice Cafe Namaste Indian Restaurant nearby. Bit like having a drink in Tesco's in terms of character, but staff were friendly and efficient, and pint of Leeds Jubilee IPA was good.
spikefromsurrey - 4 Jun 2012 09:57
I enjoy going to this Pub and think its's a good place to eat and drink.
paulgovantes - 21 Jan 2012 15:59
Visited on a Saturday evening and found this to be reasonable, if a little bit unspectacular and devoid of character. Unlike many wetherspoons pubs, this seems to be in a new kind of building so has no real interest bar the cheap drinks, not that this is a bad thing.
If you are staying nearby in the Premier Inn, it's a decent meeting place, better than a hotel bar, and has a decent selection of real ale, but there must be more interesting places nearby.
SouthYorkshireman - 28 Nov 2011 22:13
My visit was a Tuesday afternoon when it was quiet but I found it to be a well kept Wetherspoons. Four ales on but two were Greede King. However, the Beau Porter had good flavour although served a bit cold for my liking.
Rod_Hariga - 12 Mar 2011 11:45
Very poor selection of ales, just GK muck and London Pride.
elsie_pop - 5 Mar 2011 22:42
Beer has been variable in the past but the Salopian Prohibition was on top form last night.

But it can take ages to get served in here sometimes - even when it's not that full. The staff think it's more important to go and collect the empties than to actually serve customers.
GrahamA - 17 Feb 2010 14:00
The normal Spoons environment, large soulless room, huge bar, few staff.

Not a lot of beer on, 4 I think. As Always I shy away from beer in Spoons due to one too many off pints. Guinness, (Not extra cold) was freezing and tasteless.

Prices notably higher than other Spoons I’ve been in, guess that’s the city influence.

mrse1 - 1 Jun 2009 09:56
Surprisingly relaxed 'spoons. Busy, but not overcrowded, on a Friday afternoon at office closing time. Not a great selection of International Real Ale festival beers, but a relatively pleasant atmosphere in which to spend a little time watching the world go by.
rpadam - 2 May 2009 00:08
Unusual to include a ‘spoons on the Sat crawl and expected more of this relatively highly rated (currently 6.8) chain outlet. One bank of 5 pumps was completely unclipped, the other had just Ruddles Best, Abbot, Batemans Golden Bitter (‘4 point 2’?); coming soon (haha) were York Constantine & Pedigree. They were showing some football on a plasma (terrestial channel), but although the room looks rather more spruce than an avg ‘spoons it is still something of a characterless box and I can only think it enjoys the current rating due to an absence of that group’s more (ahem) ‘traditional’ clientele. I don’t doubt it must be a popular outlet for weekday suits and presume the beer selection would ordinarily be better than ystdy’s poor 3, but I can only rate according to my visit. Very quiet Sat 14:00.
trainman - 8 Mar 2009 18:17
Typical wetherspoons pub that is cheap and cheerful. So not bad at all.

Large wetherspoons venue. Always a deal on something.
pc09 - 5 Mar 2009 15:06
TheCityBoozer, have you actually been to this pub? I drink in here; far too much I might hasten to add, as I work across the road and have never experienced what you described! Weekends are busy with tourists from the hotels opposite and as far overcrowded, never taken me longer than a couple of minutes to get served (shame I can't say the same of some of the surrounding pubs).
Oh well, I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion?

darkchild - 14 Aug 2008 15:29
Brilliant place, Mark the gaffer is sound always takes care of you. Plus I'm in love with the barmaid who looks like Anne Frank. Emily xxxxx
Maggie8 - 11 Aug 2008 18:50
Crap pub. Rude staff, awful atmosphere, overcrowded with city types in the week and totally empty on weekends! Nothing going for it whatsoever.
TheCityBoozer - 8 Aug 2008 15:45
Best place in the area to have breakfast in, great staff.
Chunkyetti - 9 Apr 2008 14:13
one of the best wetherspoons pubs actually the only decent one. great staff food average for those pubs but always have a laugh with the staff EXCELLENT.
daniel234 - 9 Mar 2008 22:50
Fairly standard wetherspoons - does what it says on the tin. The beer is cheap, plenty of space to sit down and the service is quick. The best bit is the toilets - sparkingly clean, on the same level and with a sofa in the ladies. Definitely not your standard Wetherspoons
Can't comment on the food too much, as only had the nachos, but they were the usual hearty helping, and again v quick and cheap.
Admittedly, I didn't order anything complicated, but the staff member who served me was a particularly friendly irish guy. Can't imagine he would have had an issue with repeating anything
I don't know about Hammersteins steak, but at Wetherspoons prices you can't expect Gordon Ramsey food.
cp24 - 7 Feb 2008 13:47
Slightly off the beaten track, The Goodman’s Field is a modern-style Wetherspoon and has rather an anonymous feel to it. The altogether, plain, bare interior and lack of personality, makes it a rather mundane place to settle for a drink or bite to eat. On my visit yesterday afternoon (29th Dec) there were only four ales on (Abbot, IPA, some ‘Christmas brew and good old London Pride), though the latter was served in (predictably for the chain, of course) decent condition. Undoubtedly, this bar serves the local working population well and I’m sure it’s functional in that respect, but this is most definitely not a place to make a specific trip too.
HTM69 - 30 Dec 2007 16:21
In a word - shite. Order food at your own risk. Woe betide you if you ask them to repeat something. I ordered steak on two occasions, asked for well done, came with more blood than Im comfortable seeing at a meal. Dread to think what would have turned up if Id asked for rare. Asked for peppercorn sauce and was given tarragon. Not a problem I thought I'll ask them to change it, but the attitude was I had ordered wrong, even though it was clearly on the reciept.
Typical weatherspoons I suppose but the attitude is the worst Ive come across.
Hammerstein - 1 Oct 2007 14:56
Not sure i agree with CountVonCount? I normally use this pub during the week and i'd have to agree with wyndham that the staff and service here are better than the average JDW's.

Much better pub to have lunch in than most of the surrounding establishments!

anonymous - 8 Aug 2007 05:23

A decent-looking pub utterly spoiled by poorly-kept beer and rude, miserable, inept service.
CountVonCount - 23 Jul 2007 16:51
The real beer is not as good as it was. It's also served extremely cold which of course spoils the flavour. The selection seems to have contracted from the interesting range they used to do - in fact one night during the recent beer festival they only had two beers on!

Still the pub is spacious and the staff are friendly enough.

But don't ask for peanuts as they don't sell them, and look at you like you're mad when you do.
GrahamA - 21 May 2007 13:08
Only standard ales on when i visited on eMonday lunchtime. Beer was OK. Doesn't feel/look like a Wetherspoons excpet for the fact that there is no music.
Good pub for the area and spacious.

TheHorsesMouth - 20 Feb 2007 12:29
came here on new years eve 2 find it closed. revisited and had a horrible warm pint of pedigree.shame cos a nice lookin spoons and cheap 4 a city pub,7/10
fat_beer_badger - 11 Jan 2007 16:21
Not bad for Wetherspoons. Tends to get city types in during the week but is fairly quiet at weekends. Good toilets.
Comfortable seats although not a great range of real ale. Staff seem to be above average for JDW's. It's a better alternative to the 'Liberty Bounds' with just a trickle of tourists at most times. Although it's handy for Fenchurch Street station and Tower Hill I am always struck that it is just off the beaten track. Although there are many people living in the area it does not seem to attract the locals.
wyndham - 22 Sep 2006 18:30
Had our work night out here last night and it was fine. The pub is spacious so you'll always find somewhere to sit. We had some of the food which was good.

A couple of the real ales were a bit ropey to start with but maybe they were just reaching the end of the barrel. Another guest ale arrived before the end of the evening which was delicious.

The staff seem friendly and keen to serve.
GrahamA - 27 Jul 2006 14:06
Good range, usually has a nice guest beer or two. Cheap. Not a lot of atmosphere but it's a Wetherspoons.

Rhetorical City, why do pubs have either no music or loud music? Is it a law?
Rex Jacobus - 5 Nov 2004 15:44
great pub for miserable ole gits like music(great!) no kids (even better)smokers segregated & cheap real ale.
old fuggles - 27 Oct 2003 15:37
Large modern pub with very little atmosphere, a pity considering it is open on the weekends and there are a lot of people living in the area. Usual NO MUSIC policy of Weatherspoons is dissapointing.
John - 11 Apr 2003 15:37
Nice and airy modern feel to it - apart from that it's your usual Wetherspoons. If you get there early enough (or when it's not busy) the leather chairs are darn comfortable.
insanity - 3 Apr 2003 14:37
A relatively new Wethersppons on the edge of the City. Open at weekends despite the reduction in business at weekends. Good beer range and quite spacious.
Alistair - 29 Nov 2002 14:07

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