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My 2nd visit to this small ‘Spoons a couple of Saturday’s ago.

We arrived here just after 12 noon and was greeted with 5 pumps offering 5 different ales. Sharp’s Doom Bar, Moorhouses Farmhouse @ 4.6%, Nogne O Brewery from Norway Asian Pale Ale @ 4.5% and 2 others.

I had several pints of both Farmhouse and the Asian Pale Ale, both very well kept and of course being a Wetherspoon’s it was particularly cheap.

As I said above this is a small but busy ‘spoons, the majority of the clientele was made up of the local Irish community.

All in all a decent ‘spoons that is now firmly on my visit list when I’m in this part of town.
lezford - 29 Apr 2015 15:12
Went in here before football at Wembley. Despite being crowded the food came quickly and was great. Beer fest on - £1.89 a pint!!! I live in West Dorset and we do well finding beer at less than £3.30 down here. Beer was top notch too.
johnny.sausage - 8 Apr 2015 18:46
Popped in here as a stopping off point on my way to Rayners Lane last Tuesday night.

A short walk from Harrow on the Hill station is this old original style 'spoons with an eclectic mix of customers.

Pretty busy inside with a real proper drinking crowd of which certainly all were locals and regulars, food was being served but the beer was more important to most punters.

6 ales on the 6 pumps which were Ruddles Best, GK Abbot Ale, Marston's Old Empire and 3 guests....of the guests I went for Growlers' Hound Dog @ 4.2%. Well poured and a nice pint.

This was a tick for me , so I had the 1 pint and headed off to Rayners Lane. No real rush to go back but it is handy for the station, so if I’m in Harrow again I’ll probably use it.

lezford - 28 Jul 2014 13:44
Not bad, but some dodgy clientelle.
Brewskiman - 28 Oct 2011 12:22
Popped in here after a curry on Tuesday. To be honest, I thought this was possibly the best Wetherspoons I've been to for a while. The compact size of the place makes it a little more atmospheric than most of the larger Wetherspoons. In fact, it feels more like a normal pub. Large windows create a little natural light. Beers on were Marlow Rebellion Mutiny, Nethergate Essex Beast & Sweeney Todd, Adnams Broadside, Greene King Abbot Ale & Ruddles Best. The cider was Westons Old Rosie. We found the prices extremely reasonable for London, and it's very handy for the station.
blue_scrumpy - 12 May 2011 20:31
The only pub in Harrow town centre worth mentioning.

Despite some of the condescending comments below, in my experience the service has always been of a very good standard. Beer is also kept very well - never had a bad pint in many years visiting here.

Only (minor) quibble is some customers stand in front of the bar obscuring what beer is available.

Otherwise a reasonable pub in a real ale desert and price of ale is dirt cheap for London.
EricBlair - 8 Mar 2011 22:43
Usual clientele you'd expect from Wetherspoons on a visit at about 6pm - the after work drinkers and people who look as if they spend the day there. Excellent selection of real ales including Jennings Snecklifter, Marlow Rebellion and one from Yorkshire I hadn't seen before. Not the most atmospheric of places but the best selection of proper beer that I have seen in Harrow, so worth visiting for that alone.
DuchyBoy - 7 Jan 2011 08:45
Food here is now very good and the prices are lower than all other London Wetherspoon pubs which is great! Beer (real ale) excellent and choice varies. All ale is kept well and keenly priced. Staff are excellent and very helpful. Only downside is the decor which is looking very tired.
gazzo4u - 30 Dec 2010 14:31
Manager - great
Staff - useless
Supervisors - even worse. and think its ok to stand at the bar drinking whilst working, in full uniform. Disgraceful.
stambaran66 - 30 Nov 2009 14:02
its a moons pub which Im not a fan of.
I went in here once to meet friends but never even took my coat off, and now I cover my eyes when passing, as the place scares me. I'm convinced I saw a 7 year old wearing a Burberry baseball cap and tracksuit bottoms drinking a bacardi breezer in here once... when passing ofcourse.
kapstien - 9 Oct 2009 17:52
went in on a early saturday evening after 2009 challenge cup final at wembley. got served quickly but not as busy as i thought but still a few rl fans around good pint of tanglefoot and would go again like i used to for many games at wembley in the 90s being 5 mins walk from harrow on the hill and 3 stops on the tube in all that time changed a bit
forestwood - 5 Sep 2009 23:40
Recently moved into the Harrow area, and i fancied a few beers. I saw a Wetherspoon, and knowing that they do real ales, i gave it a go. I have to say i was very impressed. As i went in, i noticed they had decorated the pub in balloons and streamers, for their current beer festival. As it was a lovely hot day outside, they had also opened all their doors and big slidling windows, so there was a lovely breeze running throughout the pub. There was a lively, cheerey atmosphere inside, even during the lunch period. I did wait a while to be served, but as i said, it was pretty busy, so one expects to wait a minute or so. When i was served however it was by a bubbly smiling young girl, who was eager to sell me a particular beer from the beer festival. So naturally i obliged, and it was a gorgeous pint. The young Barwoman thus proceeded to explain to me that The Moon On The Hill, as is the name of this particular establishment, is also in the CAMRA 2009 Good Beer Guide! I thanked the young lady and took a seat on a well positioned sofa, just by the window. It seems in there, that there is a good banter between the staff and the customers, and yet the staff manage to provide everyone with great service and make them feel at home. I couldn't help noticing a lot of people eating, and there were children in the pub too, which makes it good for families.
I have to say i have been going back ever since that visit and i thoroughly enjoy it there. Highly recommended.
beermonstar88 - 2 May 2009 14:05
Great atmosphere, cheerful and good looking staff, cheaper than all the other pubs in harrow and the only one in the good beer guide too... which they deserve. Great at the weekend for meeting up with friends and then heading out to a club or something! Never any rowdy or shady frequenters... they're all down at o'neils or in The Oak. The food has also improved recently which is a plus... bbq chicken bacon melt all the way!
annielennox - 23 Mar 2009 02:12
This wetherspoons is deffo one of those for the 'as much as you can drink before 5pm' crowd. Always has loads of drunks in whatever time of day. This is a real shame 'cause Wetherspoons without the drunkard quota are good for drinks offers and food in the day or early evening (I don't go there in the evening because I like a bit of music or sport if I'm out later).

Disappointing. :-(
squizita - 21 Feb 2009 17:00
Over the last 8/9 months the atmosphere in this pub has become considerably better.
The quality of the real ale on offer in my opinion is the best in Harrow or of any of the wetherspoons located near by. The change of management has helped greatly and I think that the lady in charge and her team are doing a great job. On a recent visit over the Christmas period the pub was decorated wonderfully, and all the staff were really happy and offering a great service. well done!!
luckyone76 - 30 Dec 2008 12:12
it used to be a decent pub but now its gone down a lot
sam45050 - 19 Oct 2008 17:12

I agree; the 'F this' 'F that' brigade love this pub. I do enjoy it though, for people watching it is an absolute gem. I have witnessed many a fracas between those who do not know when or how to leave a pub once the alcohol hit has locked on to their brains. Not a place to take the family!

The glass washer appears to not be working properly as glasses can be presented to you in a very smeared state.

I continue to use the pub for its entertainment value and its wide range of bottled beer. I am not brave enough to try the draft.
pedantnic - 19 Oct 2008 00:17
Not the best of Wetherspoons' pubs. Was OK originally but has gone downhill over recent times. Seems to be frequented by the F this F that brigade
Lederhosen - 24 Sep 2008 10:20
Service started to go downhill a few months ago. Is now really, really bad. Sometimes they have two people clearing tables, 1 person behind the bar and 6/7 customers waiting - a disgrace..
ggwillym - 16 Sep 2008 16:26
I also used to eat here on a regular basis, but due to a lowering in quality and an increase in price, I have stopped.
I initially thought that it was due to an edict that came from Wetherspoons' central policy makers, but in other pubs in the chain, quality is higher and price is lower.
I will continue with Moons in general, but not in central Harrow.

BarnacleBill - 14 Jun 2008 01:57
Had breakfast here last week, and it was an absolute disgrace. No hash browns, no mushrooms, 18 (so few it was easy to count them) baked beans. This left an egg, a sausage, half a tiny tomato, and the 18 beans. A bargain at nearly 3.
Meals at Moons used to be good value for money, but in the last year or so, they have become expensive and very poor quality.
I won't eat here again.
Perry - 19 May 2008 13:37
Typical very hit or miss, but cheap. Main problem is getting served. Can take 15 minutes, but no criticism of staff..when I have been there, they work hard, just so few of them. On a busy Sunday, there is usually only one person serving..everybody (the other two) else is involved with serving food.
And there's a mad guy called Brian who has a boyfriend called Fred.....sits by the fruit machines....he will start a conversation about moths, every time that I am in there. Why ?

Perry - 2 Feb 2008 00:55
Sort of bland but cheap, which with the lack of decent child friendly pubs in the area a bonus. Beer was fine, which is a bonus for a JDW pub. The first time I'd eaten in a JDW and it was better than my low expectations. With such a lack of decent eateries other places charge exhorbitant prices. Well at least the bill was not a shock. Not that I am a fan I hasten to add!
baggydave - 11 Jan 2008 22:56
i recently spent a most enjoyable evening in this establishment.
New to the area i was anxious to take in the local hostelries and this was my first port of call
I sampled some of the fine ales from the festival range and soon struck up a conversation with some of the locals, indeed i made the aquaintance of a delightful young lady by the name of Davina who insisted onbuying me drinks to welcome me to the area
i was most impressed and will return soon

anonymous - 9 Nov 2007 16:30
I was once a regular (3 times a week!) in the Moon on the Hill however since moving away a couple of years ago I hadnt been back until last week Nov 07.
I would always meet up with friends etc. before going on elsewhere as the atmosphere was always extremely lively in the Moon on The Hill as it benefited from a diverse range of punters thanks to the location of the pub and you were always guaranteed a good mix of people young & old, male and female etc. However, upon visiting the pub last week I was disappointed to find that it had become a little bit tired in terms of atmosphere, the bar was being propped up by a couple of elderly gentleman who looked a tad worse for wear and another short, overweight bald fellow, who introduced himself as Dave I might add! I dont know if the new smoking ban has taken its toll on the atmosphere due to the only smoking area now available to smokers is the high street directly outside the pub.
I was also disappointed to note that the service levels have dropped somewhat in as much as the bar staff seemed to spend more time chatting with each other in the back room and serving food than they did taking drinks orders.
My companion at the bar Dave was getting extremely hot under his, rather tight Lacoste collar, whilst waiting to be served as he attempted to get someones attention. In fairness to Dave he did offer to buy me a drink however I declined as he appeared to be a tad lonely and as such was itching for what would no doubt be a rather long and boring conversation.
I left the Moon on the Hill feeling disappointed and a bit sad for Dave.
I wont be going back.

Anonymous34 - 9 Nov 2007 16:01
Visited here on Sunday to try a few beers in the JDW festival. Managed 5 or so and all the beer seemed in good order, a couple changing while we were there. Tables were a bit messy when we turned up around 7pm but they were cleared eventually. A small Wetherspoons and a perfectly acceptable place to drink.
GuideDogSaint - 8 Nov 2007 23:29

Having frequented this pub for a few years now I have noticed that the quality of real ale has indeed picked up.............however the number of staff serving on a fri/sat night behind the bar is beyond belief. Lets face it there's more chance of sex with Angelina Jolie than being served within 5 minutes on a friday night. Not that the barman isnt making an effort. Nevertheless the layout, atmosphere and eye candy are good.
jamiegb21 - 23 Mar 2007 04:35
Quite small for a Weatherspoons. Very varied clientele - which is a good thing to my mind.
Staff were terribly overstretched last time I was in which I've not experienced here before - hopefully not a sign of things to come.
Good selection of beers, normally in good nick.
dyyony - 14 Mar 2007 14:22
Out of all the pubs in central Harrow this has to be the best (although being Harrow, it does'nt mean that much). I have always the found the staff to be friendly, specially the young guy with the 'crazy' haircut.

If your meals late you are guarranted to get a free drink as well.

I'm not into all the real ale stuff just an ice cold lager so this place suits me down to th eground. Have to agree with some other comments tho' does attract a certain "kind of gentleman"..
ggwillym - 5 Feb 2007 17:52
I have to say I think this is a cracking Wetherspoons...good atmosphere which some lack! Friendly staff....definitly worth a pint or two...
GrantP - 3 Jan 2007 19:41
It's a typical Wetherspoon pub but this is the only place in Harrow that serves a decent pint. The guest ales are always on top form.
Mystery_Shopper - 9 Nov 2006 17:23
The ale in this pub is the poorest in any Wetherspoon's pub, and that's saying something. Toilets are a disgrace, and the table in the corner by the fruit and cigarette machines, seems to always be populated by the strangest assortment of weirdos that you will find this side of Cleethorpes.
Staff seem to be in another world a lot of the time, and it is only the handy location that forces me to use the pub.
Perry - 16 Oct 2006 13:22
Was very impressed to receive a sympathetic BITE message from the bar manager, regarding my negative comments. I did pop in today as a result. Had an excellent pint of Caledonian and the normal very friendly bar service had been resumed-well done to her for valuing her customer's opinions.
BlindTiger - 30 Aug 2006 18:32
I had considered this to be one of best Wetherspoon's in London for beer quality till yesterday. Was served a pint of White Star, which was clearly off. The barman disputed this in an aggressive manner and tasted it himself-he thought it was fine. I was going to point out that as he was chewing gum, how could he taste anything, but thought the better of it. I was told that my complaint was "1 in a100". My replacement pint was served with a single pull, dumped on the bar, with a surly comment of "enjoy". As it frothed away merrily, one of the other staff did offer to top up the mess his colleague had served up. I decided not to bother and walked out. Not sure if I'll ever return. Shame as in most cases the beer is excellent and the staff very friendly.
BlindTiger - 30 Jul 2006 09:09
Some of the others are right - Some odd sorts frequent this place. But the food and drink are quite good, and one particular bar manager always goes out of his way to make sure everything is alright - even to the extent of free drinks to compensate waiting too long for our meals.
foles - 14 Jul 2006 15:41
Nice and cheap but it is a weatherspoons. No music, no atmosphere. Really nice bar staff tho. Good fry up in the morning, early opening. Too many drunkards in there tho. serious drinkers, not one for a lively noght out tho.
Scrappyno1 - 10 Jul 2006 18:58
Best real ale pub in Harrow by a mile, as the beer is always in great condition these days. Not the sort of place to take your mother to for a meal in the evening but by and large not bad.

The staff are young but are friendly. Need to go to Harrow often on business in the mornings. Therefore can recommend the breakfasts.
fastduck - 12 Apr 2006 13:58
Staff fine, customers can be a bit odd!!!! Do they have their own places at the bar with little name plaques?
anonymous - 13 Mar 2006 15:51
jolly good pub. no trouble from yobbos or hoodlums
georgebest - 28 Feb 2006 12:25
Toilets an ABSOLUTE disgrace - pub full of dysfunctional social misfits. Couldn't even stay to finish my drink!!
dead_like_me - 6 Feb 2006 12:18
Are you scared of Music / Women / people under 45 / people with jobs? Then this pub needs you...
mikez - 13 Dec 2005 16:04
This pub has the best selection of beers of all the pubs in Harrow.
edrok666 - 15 Aug 2005 19:57
This appears to be virtually the only pub in harrow with and decent real ale. Its a pity that all the pumps arent being used. there have been too frequently 2 or 3 empty pumps. The moons isnt as busy as it used to be, but this has advantages for the older customers
anonymous - 15 Aug 2005 17:26
This is a new pub and i finished my nostalgic trip to the town of much of my youth. It was the best of avery bad bunch in Harrow -- dont go up the hill itself -youll get a heart attack. . the pub is not as well run as most weterspoon pubs - many beer taps were empty. The staff are obviously to lazy to change beers. What there was in relatively good condition - but therew ere no beers stronger than Pedigree.

Im sure knowing wetherspoons that this obvious management problem will be sorted out and will give the pub the ebnefit of the doubt
lordgreenhill - 3 Aug 2005 13:20
great pub. the only pub for miles around where you can get great real ale. the big non smoking area is another huge plus.

Unlike many wetherspoon pubs such as the one at Rayners Lane it isnt an old mans pub and has a young crowd at the weekends
johnrivers - 27 Jul 2005 15:22
come on you sad people. Moon on hill is a fab pub. It has afantastic young atmosphere at weekends and is rill cheap to drink in with a big range of beers and lagers
harrowboy - 26 Jul 2005 13:57
People like Lissylee and Tara obviously not intelligent enough to know what a public house is supoosed to be. The staff, while not the greatest are far from rude (barring Russel!!) and the beer selection is second to none. I challenge anyone to find a pub in Harrow with both better prices and, or, a better atmosphere. A great pub! Well done Chris!
aumitbagchi - 23 Jul 2005 01:45
The moon on the hill is the best pub in Harrow. Beer is varied, lager is cheap including at 1.99 a bottled lager zieviecz at 5.7%. The pub does get very busy at weekends particularly and despite the abscence of music , it has a very young studenty crowd. It has applied to extend its hours up to 1 am gfrom november
pinner40 - 22 Jul 2005 13:04
Ok so Sunday its a bit dead and the bad ratings are true of weekdays, however nights are quality with a buzzing atmosphere and plenty of eye candy, most notably three guys, mark, jamie and aumit who shall remain anonymous. Also there are the now legendary regulars known as Bob, Bernard & co. Best nights to go are thursday, friday and saturday. Vast range of beers, but at 1.99 u cant go wrong with Zywiec...if u cant pronounce it ask for the polish beer!
jamiegb21 - 21 Jul 2005 18:17
what a dump, smokey, smelly, full of vile drunks, long gone are the days when ladies could go in and share a bottle of wine and a snack of an evening. resembeles a soup kitchen for down and outs. what a real shame...
Lisseylee - 28 Feb 2005 12:49
Its a great pub, specially being able to access the internet wirelessly using my laptop was very convenient. Excellent service, great staff! A must visit if you are in the area.
Din - 27 Jan 2005 18:48
Beers tastes bad. Rude staff and manager
pubcrawler1979 - 25 Dec 2004 22:42
Full of pratts at the weekend but it is a cheap pub, no entertainment - tv's music etc but its ok for a couple during the week
Tara - 28 Sep 2004 17:20
I would just like to say that everyone who thinks they should have music. It is part of the wetherspoons chain and none of there pubs really do music. Thats the point of it.
You can go there for buisness etc
Nephthys - 26 Mar 2004 11:03
Like the fact they serve carling in Carling Extra Cold Branded glasses but don't sell Carling Extra Cold !! nice touch...
dazzler - 5 Jan 2004 22:31
excellent pub. fantastic range of real ales- turover of barrels is very fast hence beer is in a1 condition. rwegular guest beers include old peculiar,and ringwood 49er plus many others. pub gets crowded at weekend but staff are very pleasnt and cope well with what must be one of the busiest pubs for its size in uk. fantastic pub well worth going to.
william - 25 Nov 2003 13:34
You can't beat moons for cheap drinks. This is a great pub to start your night. Can get quite packed on the weekend, you won't get a seat and it can take a while to get served. Not somewhere you can pull, but somewhere to get pissed.
psmyylie - 24 Sep 2003 20:23
good pub to start the evening in, lots of cheap drinks and friendly bar staff.
dazzler - 24 Sep 2003 13:41
This pub is aimed more for a quieter crowd, but with the cheap drink prices its always rammed!shame it closes at 11 and not enough seating.
Mr.KGB - 17 Sep 2003 17:22
You can't smoke at the bar, sit at the bar, they don't even like you swearing. No wonder it is full of odd sods.
Mike - 31 Jul 2003 10:52
Definitely the worst, scruffiest Wetherspoons I've ever visited.
anonymous - 2 Jul 2003 10:00
i think this is a lovely pub, well mannered staff with a nice atmosphere, these other arseholes are obviously out on the pull and they got no luck in there, hence the bad name they give the place. Besides my girlfriend works in there, so it cant be that bad.
Bazil - [email protected] - 1 Jul 2003 18:50
the bar staff are rude but the drinks are cheap...needs some music to add better atmosphere!!!
fran - 29 May 2003 14:12
in it's defence, good priced food and drinks, with good service. as for the nutters couldn't agree more, why is that?
Jeremy Dresner - 6 May 2003 20:08
alright, cheap drinks - but closes way too early!
anonymous - 19 Mar 2003 17:13

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