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Beaten Docket, Cricklewood

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Generally a Spoons fan and my football team played their home games at Wembley for the season just gone. As I live on the Thameslink corridor, so getting to Cricklewood is easy, and this pub is near to Willesden Green station for the short hop on the Jubilee line, I decided to pay a visit.

Very standard across the board, wasn't busy at all on football days with glass glasses in use, good real ales on selection as per Spoons policy, food quick, app efficient if you're lazy like me. Usual punters. Some of the conversations you hear are fascinating. Needs a lick of paint but I supposes it disguises a good honest institution.

Now the season's over I guess I won't be back for a while - but next time we're at Wembley I know where to go.
R3NW5 - 17 May 2018 14:22
tatty & limited beer range, latter one of the worst I've seen in a 'Spoons.
Wilson_MacDonald - 19 Apr 2015 18:24
Gave this JDW pub try nearly four years after my last - very disappointing - visit. Pleased to say the place is completely turned round. Ales are in excellent condition and staff friendly and efficient. Only downside was the somewhat limited choice of ales. Nonetheless 7/10.
wobblybob - 29 Jan 2015 21:40
Whatever you do, don't try the currys - the thai one especially, it is beyond awful!
Hels - 9 Aug 2013 15:19
I have been using this pub for five years as it is the local of a friend of mine.
I have to say that it is certainly the best pub n The Broadway, but not much to beat.
It has the usual Wetherspoon, excellent Ales and reasonable value wine. But the pub is dingy and smelly and has the usual Wetherspoon urine soaked,seldom cleaned, toilets . What a mess!
Be prepared to run the gamut of the endless smokers at the door.
The food is of the frozen supermarket packet cuisine.
But...the best pub in the street!
BeerEnthusiast - 16 Oct 2012 19:30
Food has gone down hill in recent years its cheap and cheerful ..from iceland ! Cant fault the price of the drinks though very reasonable . Carpet badly needs replacing as its starting to smell !
onthebrew - 12 Oct 2011 16:58
A decent sized Spoons with quick and friendly service so better than most JDWs in that regard. The 4 cask ales available weren't JDW's most inspiring range, however.
alexw - 28 Jul 2011 13:51
On entering the pub, it was dark and dingy - and there was an unpleasant sour smell. With there being a very limited choice of real ale (beside the usual Wetherspoon offering) - and that smell - I decided not to bother.
wobblybob - 14 Mar 2011 09:36
It's a pretty poor state of affairs when a Wetherspoon house is the best pub in an area, not only for the beer but for the clientelle.
anonymous - 12 Jun 2010 19:00
This is a large Spoons with some cordoned off seating available on Cricklewood Broadway, which isnít the most tranquil place. Unsurprisingly it is a large pub, but I thought that it was a lot darker and depressing than most and there was a bit of an unpleasant whiff. There were six ales available alongside Hoegarden and a standard draught selection.

The barmaid was friendly, but that isnít enough for me to return here again.
Strongers - 1 Sep 2009 12:54
Joined the hardcore alcoholics in here at 9am last Sunday morning. Wetherspoon beer festival ales were available - Adnams Gunhill, Bend Brewing Wild Blue Yonder, Brains Dark, Caledonian Raspberry Fool, Flying Dutchman and Ruddles Best. The Westons Marcle Hill Cider was also very good. It was quit busy for a Sunday morning. My visit was only spoiled by the smell of vomit in one area - presumably the remnants of the Saturday night session!
blue_scrumpy - 26 Apr 2009 19:17
This is the first time I have been in here for a few years. On first sight a welcoming pub with friendly and efficient staff. However two major drawbacks:-

1. Only ONE 'guest' ale on, that being 'Dune', otherwise the usual fall back
ones, IPA, Abbot, etc.

2. NO Christmas ales whatsoever despite 16 being advertised by JDW!!!

Another odd thing was the latest issue of 'The London Drinker' available in large quantities; so presumably they do stock a better selection of beer. I probably was unlucky. Even so I will not be going back.
wyndham - 5 Dec 2008 21:37
As "Spoons" go this one is not bad for away from Central London. Guest beers available was a nice treat two days before a festival rather than the usual "not available". Food came quickly and was good, chef even noticed an error on his part which was quickly rectified without question. If in Cricklewood well worth a visit.
twineyboy - 29 Oct 2008 17:16
visited this pub last week,found the staff friendly, food good ,beer excellent.Seems a nice friendly pub with plenty of character.
kenn2 - 27 Apr 2008 06:31
You can't beat the Docket!!! Yes, its a Wetherspoons -but it doesn't feel like it so much. Nice little booths to tuck yourself away into while you scoff your Docket dinner (reasonable fare, Wetherspoon prices, can't complain really) - lots of old men, decent enough ales that change regularly, and stacks of old books on the walls that give it some individual character. I love it.
ghostnote - 8 Feb 2008 11:27
good spag bol ystdy. cheap soft drinks. very irish clientel.


simplyyearsahead - 12 Aug 2006 13:19
The Oct review made me piss myself. Although I'd seen "The restaurant" from the Pink Rupee a very good Nepales restaurant next door. I think this is the best pub for miles around in terms of value for money and friendliness.
bored1955 - 16 Jun 2006 22:41
Well...I will admit a bias as it is my local, but I am here to sing its merits. A good group of locals, friendly owners, cheap food if required, but most importantly: well kept ales with frequent (weekly) new guests. During the festival in May they had 4 pumps given over for the guest ales, this time around it was 10. And it was much appreciated.
How the Met bar at Baker Street (another JD pub) has a higher rating than this, I don't know...
growl - 15 Nov 2005 13:08
Not bad for a cheap quiet drink
anonymous - 7 Nov 2005 19:00
Great little boozer. You can get always served pretty much straight away. A lot of regulars and a few hardcore alcoholics who sit there for hours by themselves getting pissed. Nice in the summer with the outdoor seating. If you're a policeman then you might be interested in the constant stream of flash BMW and Mercedes visiting the restaurant across the road. Oh, did I say restaurant? What I meant was "glaringly obvious front for a major drug dealing operation".
anonymous - 28 Oct 2005 15:43
I had the Sunday Roast lunch there. Large portions and the roast beef was very nice. It has a very Irish atmosphere and its great to see the old boys sipping their pints and catching up on the papers.

Its the pub for the quiet craic and mellow thoughfulness.

Watcher - 8 May 2005 15:14
I once paid £5.20 for a round of three beers in here. Daylight robbery.
travis - 11 Oct 2004 17:03
Great place to get drunk before hitting the Crown for a couple, then up to Ashtons niteclub up the road
jenny - 29 Oct 2003 20:30
Performs a very simple function: sells cheap beer. Always amazed at how good value it is there, and always amazed at how I still manage to spend my cash anyway. Fitted with old drunks on every table as standard. Once saw young girls gathered there. Couldn't believe it. Neither could the drunks.
Ruby - 14 Jul 2003 14:43
Wetherspoons pub with traditional corporate policy of no music/no tv etc. Food sometimes remains advertised whilst unavailable. Handy if you find yourself in the area and it's pouring with rain.
Dave Harley - 9 Jul 2003 18:22

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