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Jug and Jester, Leamington Spa

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The other Wetherspoons in town. This place is much more small and cramped with a mixture of different rooms. Quite a cosy spoons though, I think I prefer this spoons to the other one, bettter atmosphere aslong as it does not get too busy. Less choice of drinks though.
BestBeerBoffin - 26 Feb 2017 12:01
I returned to Leamington on Sunday to visit the Jug & Jester, the town's second Wetherspoons. Similar to the Benjamin Satchwell, at first sight this appears to be a small branch of the chain. But they're both tardis-like. This one has 4 interlinking rooms on different levels with some rather gaudy furniture. But it works and feels different from many of the identikit Wetherspoons. Ales are spread across the top 2 rooms - Backyard Jigger Stout, Banks's Alpha 5, Titanic Iceberg, Roosters Cream, Sharps Doom Bar, Ruddles Best, White Horse Blowing Stone, Greene King Abbot and a couple more 'coming soon'. Cider was Old Rosie. Spent a while here watching Sky Sports News before moving on. The better of the 2 Leamington Wetherspoons.
blue_scrumpy - 4 Jul 2016 21:49
Reasonably OK for a Wetherspoons as it's housed in an old theatre and there is a nice touch in featuring local heroes such as Randolph Turpin on the walls. The beer went down pretty well as did some ribs but the atmosphere is as non-existent as usual even if the train station is but a couple of hundred yards away.
BoehmBawerk - 7 Dec 2014 13:31
A bad JDW is a miserable experience. A good JDW is okay. This is a lot nearer the top of the list than the bottom. My first pint seemed a bit stale but the manager was amenable to a quiet word and took an interest. The second pint, when I returned a few hours later, was much better.

Service was okay, the staff (including doormen) were pleasant and the layout of the pub meant it didn't seem too much like a couple of shop units.
djw - 29 Nov 2014 20:32
Reasonable enough Wetherspoons although only one ale on and that wasn't too great. We upped and left after one pintand headed to the other one.
anonymous - 18 May 2013 14:08
Easily the best Wetherspoon's I've been to. Tim Martin should take some pointers from the staff here who are on the whole, very good indeed. The re-furb took a little while to get used to but it has given the place a real lift - the pub is very popular and attracts a real diverse crowd. I'm quite picky with pub grub and would never even consider Wetherspoon's fodder; however the food here looks edible!
leamgem - 27 Jul 2012 16:41
Since wetherspoons have taken over this has developed into an excellent place. Beer festival time no exception with a large and differing selection. Choose John martins pale for my beer. It is one of those Belgium beers that is very British and it is very well served.
The_in4mer - 19 Mar 2012 15:36
Good beer, friendly staff and good food at Wetherspoon's prices. The steak I had was particularly succulent.
henrythenavigator - 13 Oct 2011 16:56
I've rated this pub 8 out of 10, my best rating for a Wetherspoons. Lovely pub, efficient staff (I know, in a Wetherspoons!) beer excellent.
Nigethebeer - 19 Jun 2011 17:46
Probably one of the best Weatherspoons we've been to... Beer was spot on, the food excellent an the refurbishment is very good, some very quirky seats, including the upholstered toilet
stevane - 8 May 2011 20:00
Not bad weatherspoon pub. Beer good. Staff efficent and friendly.
bigbeermonkey - 28 Jan 2011 11:04
Used to be a fantastic place when Mark and Sharon ran it (now at the Gristmill) but kind of went downhill from there...

Now it has closed down and been boarded up!!!

Rumour has it that the Lloyd's chain have bought it, which is actually a good thing because to bring the old place back to it's former glory, it really needs some big money spending on it! I do hope they keep the name and that it can become a real destination pub again!!
anonymous - 9 Apr 2010 15:12
An absolutely super pint, or two...., of Banks' Bitter and a most convivial evening. Food (that which was available & not "off") was fine. The service could not have been better. The supervisor, Sam, had the un-enviable task of telling us six 'Old Gits' that almost everything we wanted was 'off'. Nevertheless, done with good humour and style. Decor was comfortable. It would seem that the toilet is regularly vandalised hence the lack of loo roll. Additional supplies were, though, available on request.
Worth a visit, although it might be different in 'term-time'.
almost_an_old_git - 22 Jun 2009 16:29
Much nicer than the pics make it out to be, very comfortable and friendly, plus a 10/19 pint of jennings sneck lifter to boot, 8/10 well worth a visit...
fat_beer_badger - 11 Dec 2008 18:40
Agree that it was much better and friendlier before the refurb; now it's just a generic bar with no soul. Won't be going there again.
pjky - 7 Sep 2008 18:49
Prefered it before the refurb, has a slightly more corporate feel, could be one of endless "chains" judging by the interior. Unique pub with lots of nooks and crannies to explore, still one of the best in town.
robinbrum - 27 May 2008 01:08
I like Banks beer, Its as nice here as anywhere. Good pub grub to.
a.fuller - 10 May 2008 09:24
Nice pub. Clean. Had a nice meal and 2 very nice pints of 'Banks Bitter'. Service was very good. I felt as though they wanted me to be there.
trains2064 - 6 Mar 2008 16:55
Gone downhill since the re-furb, service is terrible, took 15 minutes to get served the other day, sat on a table with someone elses dirty plates for over an hour.
davebatt69 - 23 Jan 2008 11:13
also on my day out in leamington spa i popped in here for a beer and a friend had a bit to eat... all in all it was quite good food was ok and beer was cold couldnt argue really... and they had the rugby on...
griffle - 25 Sep 2007 14:38
What a filthy establishment. The atrocious quality of the beer is a good compliment to the appalling moral standards of the bar staff. beer out of those taps and from their hands is beer best left on the bar. don't make the mistake of entering this den of sodomy.
BolshevikBoozer - 19 Jul 2007 11:05
A good place to spend a Saturday afternoon/early evening with a relaxed atmosphere. Wooden floor boards ans bric a brac type of pub. Tends to be a youngish crowd but we didn't feel out of place or unwelcome when we returned later on, Close to some Curry houses as well.
Chad - 16 Oct 2006 20:16
Chav free which is a bit of a rarity for this end of town. Otherwise a bit dull and expensive for what it is. Massive beer garden out back which is always a good thing.
baggyjim - 18 Nov 2005 13:01
I've only really been in this pub on a Saturday afternoon, and I can't comment on their beer as I'm usually driving when I go in. But it seems to have a nice atmosphere for watching sport. Decided to thoroughly test the bar staff by asking if they could make me a hot chocolate, which they agreed to, and after about 10 mins a triumphant looking bloke came over with a cup of Cadbury's and told me "That was the hardest thing I've ever done!". Bless.
Muzthing - 13 Nov 2005 12:42
A good last stop if you've been trawling Leamington's pubs - a decent pint and the staff are good. The problem is you've got a long walk home if you live north of the Parade...
Claret_and_blue - 2 Dec 2004 12:45
Found this last saturday and its a great place to meet new people!

(as well as down the road from Club Mirage)
Stewart - 20 Oct 2004 15:07
Not great beer to be honest and they struggle to pour a good pint of Guiness. However, it's good for the football, has a good atmosphere most evenings. Food is pretty ropey though.
Ben Ladkin - 20 Aug 2004 11:59
Lovely place.

Now owned by a couple I used to know (Previously at 'The bear and ragged staff' in Kenilworth), the pub still has a very authentic feel, and a very welcoming atmosphere.

Has a fantastic balence between 'Stack 'em' high, sell em cheap' drinks, and excellent conditioned cask ales.

I've not tried any of the food as of yet, so I cant comment on that.
Jamie - 4 Mar 2004 17:21
old local, was great for sunday food
anonymous - 17 Feb 2004 15:44
I really like this pub - its got a friendly atmosphere and you can usually get a table! I love the table football banter, but they should really invest in better lighting so you can actually see the ball!
Lisa - 12 Feb 2004 13:59
My old local, much better than the crappy pubs around - not full of posers :)
Jim - 2 May 2003 18:46
Only been here once - it seemed inoffensive but nothing special - Cask and Bottle up the road is tons better.
anonymous - 6 Jan 2003 16:47
Possibly the most boring pub in the world. Relatively expensive in comparison to the other pubs in Leam and populated by scummy students. Only wannabee students hang out here in an attempt to regain their youth.
guy - 17 Jul 2002 11:20

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