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Standing Order, Southampton

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Large and busy. Unremarkable interior. Good staff. Selection rather disappointing. Giddy Bridge is better for beer range and ambiance.
SilkTork - 1 Jan 2015 14:46
This isn't a Wetherspoons I'd been to before, until yesterday. It was very busy with shoppers and pre-football match business. It was taking a while to get served. This was more of a traditional Wetherspoons than the Giddy Bridge (Southampton's other Wetherspoons). It is fairly dark inside. Although there is an outdoor smoking area at the side. Ales were Greene King Abbot, Ruddles Best, Fullers London Pride, Flack Manor Black Jack & Flack's Double Drop, Wickwar Christmas Cracker, Adnams Yuletide, Titanic Festive Thirty-Five, Arundel Old Scrooge, Wychwood Hobgoblin & Caledonian Minagof Three Quarter IPA. The cider was Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon. Pretty average 'spoons.
blue_scrumpy - 21 Dec 2014 14:50
Just before Christmas, had a great Christmas meal with an excellent pint of Ruddles for the usual Wetherspoons low price. Selection of ales is extensive, varied and well kept with all the usual Wetherspoons offers. In the face of pub closures around the country, this is what the majority of punters want.
Feed - 8 Feb 2014 09:45
My husband & I thought we would try this pub for breakfast before going shopping, what a disappointment. Hard egg, salty bacon, mushroom like leather, cold & greasy. Never again!!!
brooker1 - 30 Nov 2011 11:45
OK, the pub is large and suffers from the usual Wetherspoon's uninspiring fitments and layout but that is not an unsolvable problem here. My usual visits are when the Saints are playing at home on a Saturday and, not surprisingly, the place is packed with football fans vying for service with the usual suspects. This is where the staff differ from most other pubs in the chain. They are exceptionally well aware of the customers at the bar and rarely serve anyone out of turn. In addition the regular (?) Saturday lunchtime staff are a breath of fresh air; welcoming, happy, funny and a downright good advert for the pub. Well done the management and staff here; long may you serve we thirsty customers.
thesaintsfan - 11 Dec 2010 01:01
went in sunday afternoon and order ringwood old thumper which was a good pint. the pub was packed so it had taken a few mins to get served not the fault of the barstaff being slow. found a seat a averge spoons
forestwood - 23 Oct 2010 16:53
One of the best ale ranges I've seen in a spoons. Otherwise the usual
Uncle_Dunkel - 21 Oct 2010 17:20
Standard Wetherspoon decor. Ventured in mid morning one Wednesday a few weeks ago. As with any Wetherspoons, it was the lure of their ale range. And what a good range. I knocked back a good pint of Cotleigh 5% Buzzard I think it was. Pretty much characterless, but you've got to weigh up the pro's and con's of such a place.
Jonnysaint - 26 Jun 2010 07:09
Went in here with my brother after work for a pint. I was pleasantly surprised. Not by the tired paintwork and dingy interior, or the plethora of all day bar-flies spending their dole money, but by the choice of beer on offer. There was a time when I would put Wetherspoons establishments right alongside Greene King for their bland array of limited ale, but while Greene King scratch their heads and wonder why every true beer drinker leaves them in droves, Wetherspoons have suddenly worked out that a combination of lots of choice at cheap cheap prices attract a good steady stream of people coming in. My brother likes his ale, and the smile on his face when he saw the 5 guest ales (which are regularly changed), as well as 4 more familiar ones (Ruddles County, Ringwood Best, Old Thumper and Directors) on tap, he knew he had taken me to the right place. My brother plumped for Ringwood's Old Thumper, and I sampled 2 of the guest ales, Titanic White Star Ale, and Hampshire Rose by the Itchen Valley Brewery. Both tasted excellent and two pints cost only £4.06! Cheap as chips. Must have been happy hour surely? Had I not been driving I would have been quite content to sit and sample all of the other guest ales. So well done Wetherspoons, keep up the good work, I will definately be back.
hampshirehog - 26 May 2010 20:16
visited tuesday lunch, pleasant atmosphere. friendly staff, new toilets would recommend
doris39 - 3 Mar 2010 12:22
was with my friends and a couple french lads who were studying at uni on a tuesday afternoon about 1/2 getting some lunch. the subject came up of british stereotypes from a european perspective. and the usual thug, football, fighting type stereotype came up which we all assured was a load of nonsense. low and behold, a big fight errupts behind us ON A TUESDAY AFTEROON!!!
mind you. you gotta love that short scruffy fella who talks to the mirror though. one time he started talking to himself about me when i was ordering food. the cheeky sod was saying i shouldnt wear a football strip (saints) and to top it off, he said he had a better one which was yeovil town! haha!
all in all, its a weatherspoons, they are all the same
boozehound1985 - 7 Feb 2010 02:25
Slightly below-average Wetherspoons, not screamingly busy for a Saturday night when I was in but severely let down by freezing cold beer.
a_c_e_plym - 30 Mar 2009 19:38
Average Spoons. Was in here Saturday, normal GK beers Plus a range of Ringwood, Bitter & Twisted and a not very good Hidden Old Sarum, just about drinkable.

As said by others, go to the Giddy Bridge.
GuideDogSaint - 1 Feb 2009 21:24
Great place for a fight with the dole funded pond life from the St Mary's flats.Nice queue of alcoholics just before opening.
baxterfish - 15 Jun 2008 15:29
I never get a decent ale in this pub, they don't know how to look after ale. I now go to the Giddy Bridge up the other end of town, slightly better, the clientelle is a little more respectible and you don't have to sit in front of two 70 year olds going at it hammer and tong. Having said that the food is reasonable and waiting time is pretty good, just don't go there looking for a decent pint.
abaker34 - 14 Apr 2008 20:16
A good starting place for a night out but is so overshadowed by The Giddy Bridge (another Wetherspoons) which offers the same offers.
back2reality18 - 18 Jan 2008 18:11
Like the previous entrant had been on the road for a while and arrived late into Southampton and was in need of a place where I could get a decent pint of Ale and edible food at 10.00PM at night
What can I say, it’s a Wetherspoons ! , almost like any other. And the only way I could tell I was not back in the one in Watford high street was different beers on the hand pumps.
But to be fair, the Ringwoods was more than passable, the service was quick and efficient, and food was served till 11.00PM and also passable. In fact the Lorry drivers with rigs down by the dock gates who were occupying most of the single tables towards the back of the pub looked more than healthy on the £6.99 mixed grills. .
However , to support jcraf’s comment below, it was a bit surreal to go past said same establishment at 10 past 10 the following morning whilst being dragged to the West Quays shopping centre by ‘her who must be obeyed’ to see the Standing Order open and accommodating several of the ‘coffin dodgers’ jcraf refers to.

Gann - 29 Oct 2007 17:01
Having been on the road from 0530, I went in at 1130 on a weekday after my journey for swift quiet pint, to be faced with a sea of pensioners all drinking beer.

Most looked like they'd been there some time, as this gaff opens early. A surreal experience, seeing all these oldsters getting it down their necks.

A little bit cheesy, even by 'spoons standards. All surfaces seemed sticky and tacky. Buggered off to my hotel after one pint, leaving the coffin-dodgers to their beers.

jcraf - 16 Jun 2007 20:11
Went in there on Saturday for something to eat after the daytime session at the Southampton Beer Festival. Food was passable - but it was cheap. Not much in the way of real ales. Bar area smelled of sick!
BillyD - 15 Jun 2007 10:01
Mediocre Spoons, 7/10
fat_beer_badger - 1 Jan 2007 22:46
Nothing special about this pub, have to say this isn't one of the better spoons! A bit dismal.
Wineo - 17 Nov 2006 11:25
I don't like Wetherspoon's pubs normally but this one didn't seem too bad to me. Plenty of friendly people, however some of the staff are dippy but not always their fault as it tends to get quite busy at certain times. The lighting also seems to be gloomy which makes the pub seem depressing along with the lack of music. Probably one of the better Wetherspoon's above all.
Dantheman - 5 Feb 2006 20:08
Standard Wetherspoon outlet. Food "ok", drink "ok", service "ok".
DoctorEvil - 5 Sep 2005 01:45
In Southampton for the beer festival and found this place during afternoon break. Eeeek. Bad vibes as i walked thru the door and all guest ales were 'Sorry Not Avalable'. Kozel saved the day but i did'nt dither. Stinky toilets used and out.
M.Sticker - 20 Jun 2005 15:04
good for a couple of drinks or cocktails before you hit some nightclub prices
Adam Chalmers - [email protected] - 11 May 2004 18:02
Top choice for a pre-footy pint or good value meal. They stock a decent range of guest ales and the staff are friendly. Can get rough on friday and saturday nights.
Bill - 2 Feb 2004 15:40
Bog standard Wetherspoons pub. Went to order some food but was told that they wouldn't be taking any further orders for an hour as they were somewhat overwhelmed. Stayed for one pint then headed down the road to the Red Lion (see entry.)
John - [email protected] - 31 Dec 2003 12:54

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