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J P Joule, Sale

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This is your typical Wetherspoons, a bit bland on the inside compared to others, but is always busy so doubt they'll be closing for a refurb any time soon. Plenty of booths and tables both upstairs and downstairs, and a bar on both floors. Sometimes there are a couple of different real ales on the upstairs pumps so worth checking out both bars if you're staying for a few. Can't knock the price of the ale and I don't recall ever being disappointed by the beer in here. Visited one Sunday morning for breakfast which was a decent size (I probably didn't need to upgrade to the larger option, but I did because I'm greedy) and it was pretty tasty. A few guys in drinking lager first thing on a Sunday morning, which probably about sums up the typical clientele.
RealAleRobUK - 16 Jul 2013 11:31
Typical Wetherspoons. Staff mostly friendly. Good ales. Not sure why this is dearer than the Unicorn (Wetherspoons) in nearby Altrincham which is a much more affluent area.
eio - 23 Mar 2012 13:51
Cheap, dodgy on weekends but not seen any real trouble, good ales when on and some staff are friendly. Thursdays seem like I.D. night with lots of teens, while the rest of the week's left for 50-60's all with cirrosis. Not bad/good
pintofcase - 19 Jun 2011 23:12
went in midweek afternoon and had a cask winter beer which was very good not many in quite small for a jd but with i was in sale on a afternoon would go again
forestwood - 18 Feb 2010 18:52
OK pub, full of alcys and can feel a bit rough but they're all harmless.

£1.59 for a pint on Monday and Wednesdays and Curry Club on Thursdays is cheap as well. Don;t show any sport though.

Can get a bad crowd in on Fri, Sat nights but overall it's not too bad considering how cheap it is
dodardodar - 3 Jul 2008 01:55
they recenly spent thousands and some 'cold pump' system or something like that, anyway now the beer is that cold cold it hurts your teeth - not a problem for most the people who go in there during the day as they have none.. all jokes aside, its a good boozer!
anonymous - 27 Nov 2007 15:29
Good rotation of real ales although sometimes back ends so check the quality first.

Do have annoying habit of serving them very cold, which is fine for lagerboys, but not for the rest of us. However, if left for a few minutes the taste returns.

Pub much the better for the smoking ban, the fall out hangs around outside the front looking sad for themselves.

Food variable although curry nights on Thursday generally OK.
mikey64 - 21 Jul 2007 15:08
Is full of the same face 50 - 70 yr old Alki's / Divorcies every day but they are no harm and are usually out for the count by 6pm.

Good atmosphere and cheap beer so all in all a good
day / nite out
BOSSS - 23 Feb 2007 17:27
stopped going here a fey years ago because of the scallys and scrotes! went back again last week and loved it. sat on leather sofas in front of a real fire drinking real beer. very impressed with the new look upstairs
anonymous - 30 Nov 2006 00:59
Had a great time. Upstairs is nice, food is very good. Prices are very reasonable. staff very courtious and efficent. Running a wine festival when we went. Lots of great wines for house prices!

worth a go
smibble - 30 Nov 2006 00:51
If you could upload pictures here I'd show you tonights helping of food before a refund was demanded. The camera phone picture was taken to complain to wetherspoons HQ but I can't be bothered doing them any favours with free customer research., I'll just not visit again, Only one beer from 7 pumps as well, a poor marstons Pedigree unfortunately. Last visit sorry. I'll pay more and go to the Kings Ranson across the way.
mrBean - 1 Dec 2005 00:52
I used to live near this place when it was a Wetherspoons, and back then, cheap drinks were one of my main priorities.

I put up with its bad points, because it's got to be one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) place in Sale.

I hadn't been in there for a while, but have started going in again recently. Drinks still very cheap, but I don't expect, or get, anything else from the place.

I haven't personally witnessed any trouble, but it's the kind of place that attracts it. I'm usually out and somewhere else by the time people are getting rowdy.
Cirrhosis - 17 Jun 2005 14:19
Avoid this place on friday/saturday evenings unless jailbait, scallies, and general annoyance is what you desire. During the week its not too bad - drink prices are alright, its not too full, and the foods not bad. Certainly not my favourite pub.
Jesster - 20 Apr 2005 18:19
Three words:


Unfortunate refurbishment.
kimathy - 10 Jan 2005 13:32
Stay clear of this hell hole at the weekends. Every ruffian and charlatan in Sale is in here for the cheap ale. There was some young lad going around exposing himself - not the sort of thing you want to see when you go out for a couple of drinks. Have tried the food in here and found the portions are rather like the flasher - undersized. Cheap drinks are the only plus but it takes more than that to make a good pub.
DJ_Dobber - 2 Jan 2005 15:53
Recently gone under majour refurbishment(about time and all)The Joul used to be one of the best clubs in Trafford many moons ago, until Weatherspoon's took over. Was a good place to go for a quick bite to eat, and a cheap drink (especially on Mondays after work.) No atmosphere as with most normal Weatherspoons. Now however,after the refurb (Dec 04) it has turned into one of weatherspoons 'LlOYDS No.1 bars,Simalar to the one inside Manchester's Printworks. Only popped in for a quick nosy-so if any one has been in since the change,please tell us what you think! I'l give it an 8 on first appearances.
anonymous - 2 Jan 2005 14:50
Thanks for the "lovely but looks really scary" comment/compliment :)

I don't personally work there anymore, but I will say that the manager's work damn hard there but as per usual are held back by the short-sighted Wetherspoons company policies - it's really let every Wetherspoons down that I have worked in - and I worked for them for 7 years, but not anymore :)

I'll make sure Blakey (the pushing late 30's doorman with the ever changing hair) sees this hehe

Take it easy all
Junior - 14 Jun 2004 09:36
oh my god!!!!! went in on sunday (bank hol wkend!) it was absolutley awful!! It smelt like old sweaty feet and the clientele were scallies and old people. This place used to be goos nit anymore!!! ONLY good thing about this place is the drinks prices!!! my advice is to pay the extra and enjoy your night down the road int he waterside or ransom.
Amy - 1 Jun 2004 11:27
Full of sad schoolchildren spending thier parents money.

The staff are idiots, no idea what they are doing whatsoever, good luck getting served on the weekend, the staff just serve whoever is stood in front of them no matter how long you have been waiting.

Horrible place.
dpm - 1 May 2004 05:45
We used to be in every Friday and Saturday to start our night off with cheap alcohol. We knew the staff and loads of people In it. Now itís another story it full of scallies and school kids or pervy olí men! The staff is forever changing and the prices are the same but itís a bit trampy now and I donít like it. The door men are all right - one is lovely but looks really scary and the other is pushing late 30ís and thinks heís gods gift to the women of sale and had too much to say for himself and his ever changing hair!!!! Sort it out please we miss the old joule!!!
me - 24 Mar 2004 14:32
Use to be great but now has gone untidy and grotty looking
Andrew - 23 Mar 2004 13:04
Typical Wetherspoons,occupying three floors but still little space.
Usual cheap beer and reasonable food but for that reason avoid on a weekend afternoon or Bank Holiday given that the residents of most of Trafford's council estates see fit to take advantage of the cheap beer (before moving on to the Met Bar).It can get quite nasty.
Thursday-Sunday nights, its packed and getting served is a problem but if you want a few quality drinks and are out for an expensive night,the Joule could save you a few pounds to spend at the kebab house further down Northenden Road
Chris - 8 Oct 2003 14:04

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