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Kings Ford, Chingford

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I went in there expecting the usual W'spoons type place and was not surprised even ate the uaual food and could have been anywhere in the country but in a Wspoons, it was gloomy and at 47 was the youngest in there...
steviewonder - 26 Apr 2011 14:54
Typical High St Wetherspoons branch with a long and narrow bar and a good array of ales. It also has the usual Wetherspoons clientele described in earlier reviews. Typically, they were short-staffed. About 5 people were waiting for the solitary barmaid to serve them. Beers available were Abbot Ale, Ruddles Best, Directors, Rudgate Ruby Mild and two beers from Brentwood - Chockwork Orange and Hope & Glory. Cider was Weston's Marcle Hill. Sky News was showing on the TV with no sound. Decoration included old pictures of Chingford.
blue_scrumpy - 28 May 2010 23:02
I was in here today for the first time for some months. I thought that there was quite an improvement since my last visit. There was 4 beers from the Brentwood Brewery all selling at £1.69 per pint!! Quite drinkable especially the "Chocolate & Orange one at 6.5%.

Service was reasonably quick as regards beer and food.
wyndham - 4 Mar 2010 00:20
Nearly every time i've visited this pub there has been a 'scrap' and on one occasion a bloke was sick over my mates coat - give it a miss
3DoorsDown - 14 Mar 2009 01:07
This is a pub of two hallfs. Come here Friday and Saturday nights it's Chav Central and best avoided. Come here any other time and apart from the semi-professional alcoholics patrolling the entrtance it's not a bad place to spend an hour or two. Constantly changing real ale selection and quality usually good. Cheap grub but at this price don't expect too much.
davewat - 10 Jan 2009 13:21
I was last here in September 2006 and absolutely nothing has changed. A very, very average Wetherspoon's.

Only 1 Christmas beer on initially, Burton Bridge Santi-Freeze and eventually Wickwar's Christmas Cracker. The latter was flat and very uninteresting. (Regarding the Xmas ales I am aware that they are advertised as "at least one or more of these will be available" but this is completely different from previous Christmases when 3 or more could be bought.).

The staff were quite efficient and the food was served quickly. In all unless you are gasping for a drink this establishment is best avoided.
wyndham - 18 Dec 2008 22:13
As a regular 'Curry Club' punter on Thursday evenings it's worth the weekly trip on the W16 from Wood Street. The recent Real Ale Festival saw a good and varied selection of rarely-seen beers.The company have promised to keep prices as they are till March' 09 and their house bitters ( Marston's Pedigree / Green King Abbot etc ) are £1.99 per pint with guest beers at £1.69.. I know some people say that it's 'Cheap beer for Cheap people' but it's a change from your local and the food is as good as the beer choice varied. Just avoid the 'numpties' it attracts...somehow
focus - 22 Nov 2008 18:35
A run of the mill Wetherspoons which is larger and more spacious than it looks from the outside but very much a ‘Spoons by numbers inside. Interestingly, this is apparently one of the few pubs in the country that scored 100% in their Cask Marque accreditation so you can expect the beers to be top notch. There are usually 2 guest ales available to supplement the usual suspects but disappointingly only 3 Festival Ales (out of 6 pumps) on during my last visit. A small pavement patio at the front to accommodate the smokers and al fresco drinkers./diners and a couple of silent plasmas usually on Sky Sports News. I haven’t encountered any problems with either customers or staff and it all seems quite well managed and civilised on my visits which are becoming more regular as we have found the place to be a handy stop off on our way to/from Spurs games. A slightly above average ‘Spoons from my experiences but a bit too formulaic to warrant going out of the way for.
RogerB - 7 Nov 2008 12:52
I award this pub 1/10 - and that's purely for its entertainment value !

Entertainment that is, having been provided by overhearing a conversation between two of the pubs obvious regulars. These gentlemen were the very epitome of the pubs clientel it would appear. Their conversation, from what could be deciphered between the "f's and blinds" - which incidentally, were every other word - was how they had extracted funds from various victims over an ongoing period of time. So be aware of Dave & Terry - if of course those were their real names - even to each other !!!

Then there was the full scale pub brawl - which incidentally the aforementioned two seemed to be part of - which took place.

If you like being surrounded by life's fifty-something losers, visit this pub. Don't get involved - simply view.

It's entertaining - a bit like a wildlife documentary, but without the respect the wild animals have for each other.
RichardR - 21 Oct 2008 20:11
Its one of the better spoons have been to, not too busy and every one seemed well behaved. The beer was above average spoons quality and the food was also above spoons average quality as well. Service was fairly quick but as per usual for a Weatherspoons they could have done with a couple more serving behind the bar.
sootythebeerbear - 2 Apr 2008 00:52
That's right, the new managers have got this place heading in the right direction. The enlargement of the non-smoking area has also helped and it's now not so often that the Gpsy Kings of Liz Duke Bling serenade the entire pub with top tunes by Fiddy on the tiny, tinny speakers of their stolen mobile phones.
Martinl - 26 Mar 2007 19:08
Hopefully this pub will lose it's reputation of being a place that serves poor quality beer, admitedly at a cheap price, to poor quality louts who can't take their drink and just want to fight. Since a new manager has taken over beer quality has improved, all we hope for now is for the undesirable element of the clientele to frequent the nearby dive (Prince Albert) instead.
Ginger_Beard - 25 Mar 2007 02:05
go here if u r skint, very cheap beer indeed, but it does resemble the star wars bar in its diversity of patrons. sit in an alcove, dont make eye contact with anyone, ignore the sticky tables and smell of vomit and enjoy cheap as chips beer
anonymous - 18 Nov 2006 16:51
Now they have bouncers on the door who wont let u in if u are wearing shorts or a hat. Have they forgotten that its just a wetherspoons pub! Since the bouncers have been there its got worse, Last night there was a massive fight in there. Its not a safe place to be anymore, people were getting glassed and hit with chairs every one else was running scared. So i'll see you there next friday??? Didnt think so...
briggos - 30 Sep 2006 17:36
Been here once. It seems like a gallery in a converted coal mine. Not very impressed and the beer selection was a bit limited.
wyndham - 22 Sep 2006 18:55
This place gets worse as the months tick by. It's a place for the younger generation to down their alcopops. The toilets seem to be the office for the dealers. Lovely place.
anonymous - 17 Jul 2006 21:23
Stumbled in here quite randomly yesterday. Food was good, Wetherspoon food varies in quality but this was one of the better ones. Staff were friendly.

However, this pub is living proof of the necessity of a smoking ban. There is a non-smoking area, but it doesn't make a major impact. I moved on pretty quickly after eating, fearing for my lungs.
mjh1977 - 10 Mar 2006 14:37
This place is certainly not getting any better. What point is there in having a disabled toilet if disabled people can't get in to use it because it's being used to store tables and chairs? This happens every Friday and Saturday, when the staff decide to move the tables and chairs out of the middle of the bar so they can fit more chavs in.

And whatever happened to the JD Wetherspoon "house rules for kids"? The idea was that children would be allowed in only if they were with adults, in designated areas, while having a meal and one drink afterwards. This is what will be enforced on any decent families with children who wander in here, but the Chingford Mount pikies can drink themselves stupid and smoke their counterfeit fags anywhere in the pub they so desire, whilst their revolting offspring scream their heads off and roll around unattended and unsupervised as they soil themselves. Marvellous.
anonymous - 3 Mar 2006 01:11
To be fair, add to the list of facilities available the disabled access and disabled toilet. Beyond that, there is quite a lot to like about this place, if you can forget about some of the less appealing customers. Let's face it, there's not much the staff or management can do if the local tattoed trash and chainsmoking chavs get to hear about the cheap JDW prices and infest the place at times. I for one really like the people who somehow put up with them by continuing to work here despite the ignorance which they get from some of the clientele.

The Kings Ford knows how to pour a decent bottle of Magners, and although the food menu is the same as every other JDW it's always fresh and well cooked and served here - and look out for their EVERY DAY cheap curries, at about half the price I pay at the central London Wetherspoon's I sometimes use. Can't knock that.
Martinl - 5 Sep 2005 22:50
The Kings Ford...
well its a Wetherspoons so that means no music but cheap booze! Great for starting off the night or for a mid week drink but they don't like any noise above speaking level... Even laughing is forbidden. Me and about 10 other mates are currently banned due to "excessive" noise and the fact they don"t like us!
It's a joke! But we r slippin back in there now and we do love it even tho we moan. Lets face it, cheap drink is cheap drink!!!
briggos - 14 Mar 2005 19:09
its the best pub in the world. the staff at walthamstow stadium love it. even though some of them got bared once but they are all aloud back in now. and you get served quick if you stand at the far end of the bar. bo saleeeeeectaaaaaaaa
crazy man - [email protected] - 18 May 2004 19:36
Very cheap, yes; no music, even on a friday night. everyone knows everyone tho!
Joanna - 19 Mar 2004 18:10
very hot, although great start to the night - many people from the past and present.....lots of cheap drinks......need i say more!?
loz - 11 Feb 2004 13:28
generally cool pub cheap beer, great to start off in if you like starting early.
northernbellyjaby - 10 Jan 2004 16:26
You couldn't find a better basecamp for a friday drinks, no music so conversations are possible unklike in The Mount, loads of local faces.
shaun - 10 Nov 2003 12:42
used to be a good pub even having no music it still had a good atmosphere but has recently gone down hill fast. on visiting the pub last sat i saw children in the pub, we only went to the bar 3 times and each time we waited at least 20 mins to be served by less than friendly staff!
lozzy - 26 Oct 2003 22:10
check your change and ask for a reciept if necessary as the staff have a bad habit of (by mistake Im sure!) not charging correctly.
James Silver - 19 Oct 2003 20:18
cheap beer, mixture of people. Quite impossible to get served on a friday!! All round nice pub.
Dave - 8 Aug 2003 14:05
Wetherspoon pub. Very, very busy every night of week. Especially on Wed and fri when every one in chingford hits the town
sidman - 17 Jul 2003 00:36

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