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Harvest Moon, Orpington

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Nice pints of Hogs back and only £2.15 per pint !
supaken - 24 Jun 2013 17:32
Food not bad for a wetherspoons, and beer reasonably well kept as well. Pretty much the only pub in Orpington town centre anyway. Seemed OK by comparison to some others from the Wetherspoons chain.
jfrebrycn - 2 Mar 2012 18:06
used the pub while waiting for friends before we went to a chinese, not my choice as i vow never to go into a wetherspoon typical cheap pub chain,nice beers too cheap attracts allsorts, eat a sandwich in here 2 years ago paid �1.99 to come with chips sandwich inedible sent it back didnt bother to replace it just came back with money which i used to go to greggs next door 100% better , food the other night looked the same cheap and rubbish
gubbsy - 23 Feb 2012 15:57
quite a tired looking and feeling spoons that i guess was one of their first openings,very loud gobby cockneys sat opp,ale selection ok although a lot was err "coming soon"�2.35 for guest ales,not amazing at all but bit of an oasis in a long high street with little pubs 5/10
fat_beer_badger - 26 Apr 2011 16:17
Standard issue 'spoons, with a reasonable selection of festival ales and usual suspects from 12 handpumps (e.g. Morrell's Oxford Blue at �1.85). Usual bargain food, quickly served by friendly and efficient staff.
rpadam - 24 Apr 2010 10:24
not bad, but the gents could do with a propper clean, and a good dose of dettol. Good beer, but the local old men hang round outside and do deals from thier smuggling rackets, and have thier fags far too close to the doors. Most times you have to fight your way round them just to get in the doors. why cant they smoke away from the doors ????? usual collection od desperate old meths drinkers, but what the hell.....
Shagnastie - 14 Dec 2009 23:04
they staight-pour guiness here then laugh about it. possibly the worst pub in the world
werewolf - 13 Jun 2009 12:56
During the pouring of Guiness it is customary to let it settle for a minute or so as this makes for a better pint.
Serving ice-cold Guiness in the middle of winter with no alternative is bad practice.
Saying please or thank - you to a customer helps make the world go roound that little bit smoother.
wonderofyou - 9 Mar 2009 19:42
The only place in Orpington to go for a pint of something interesting. Has had its ups and downs in the last few years but current manager Steve (formally of the Sovereign in Petts Wood) has transformed it into one of the best Wetherspoons for beer in SE London.

Usually at least 2-3 guest ales, well kept and well selected from the seasonal list - it's been a long time since I've been served a bad pint here. How many JDW establishments can you say that about? The 'food' is better these days too. Thursday Curry Club in particular is worth a punt.

You just need to overlook the circus-like rabble of infirm alchies (aka loyal custom) that congregate near the front of the pub every single day without fail, swilling pint after pint of Fosters or Guiness. That said, they're harmless and havve never made me feel uncomfortable. Fine for a swift lunch hour but I wouldn't willingly spend a whole evening here.
young_camra_collectiv - 2 Mar 2009 21:49
One of the better Wetherspoons with more choise of real ale than in most, pubs in Orpington look vast, the 15 minute walk here from the station took me past just one pub which was the one outside the station
superseagulls - 1 Mar 2009 11:46
But Dostoevsky gave it a miss.
igocollege - 20 Jan 2009 16:05
Kafka drank here
igocollege - 19 Jan 2009 17:20
A cavernous pub with upstairs toilets, carpet, extensive sweating areas and large widows at the front that look out onto the high street.
BillCake - 13 Aug 2008 13:57
Its cheap - its a weatherspoons. Where else would people spend their benefits?
mcroucher - 13 Apr 2008 19:19
Ok not the greatest pub on the planet but having changed here from the Sovereign @ Petts Wood it's seems like a palace. The Staff are friendly & always helpful, especially Steve who moved from Sovereign and seems to have taken most of the regulars with him - including us !!! We generally have breakfast there on a Sat.morning and the food is very presentable and the range of beers is OK. Best of all it doesn't appear to be frequented by too many youths.
anon2731 - 14 Nov 2007 12:12
This pub doesn't seem to have a great reputation. In the past this was justified, mainly through poor management! You still get your fare share of 'chavs' as people call them, but you gotta expect that considering the area. Since it has been under new management tho it has really improved a lot, there is a much better atmosphere and the staff are friendly. It's also now pretty clean, so a lot more appealing to eat and drink there! Good job!
BettyLou - 17 May 2007 22:53
this pub is ok if u want to start the evening wth some cheap drinks before u go out and on 2 bigga and betta places!!!
ka666 - 31 Mar 2007 09:54
Busy but uninspiring 'Spoons, average beer from a dull range in Britain's dullest High Street
mtaylor40 - 1 Feb 2007 20:47
If this is one of the best in Orpington, it can only reflect on what a beer desert the town is.

It is ok for a quick pint, assuming you are happy to run the gauntlet of builders at lunchtime, drunk old folk of an afternoon and chavs of an evening.

They also can not keep their beer! (Either because it goes off as no one buys it or off because of poor cellermanship.)(I suspect this might also be linked to JDW's policy of buying cheap beer close to the end of its shelf life.)

I can't think of the last decent pint of ale I had in here.

Oh and it's dirty.

Norealaleinorpington - 29 Jun 2006 16:27
This is one of the most asthetically pleasing pubs in Orpington Highstreet. Looks very warm and inviting, when it's dark the lights give off a golden glow. There is always a good selection of ales available at very good prices but i sometimes wonder as to the way in which they are kept as the quality varies greatly. Food is good and even come relatively quickly as well. All in all it's a good pub to start a crawl in.
Tubes - 1 Jun 2006 18:06
Wetherspoons, so it cheaper than most other establishement, and has quite a few ales on tap - always a good sign. Got there at lunchtime, and there were few seats to be had, which i suppose is a good sign. Food is standard wetherspoons fare, which is cheap, and i suppose cheeful, although i did not have any on my last visit. However, beucase of the lack of music, it seems to lack a little something.

All in all, a good pub for a quick pint, and perhaps some food if you were starved for cash, but little else, no somewhere to spend a long time in...For that, head off to Bromley or Croydon
arnold - 31 Mar 2006 23:58
Visited 16 Jan 06. Hard to believe the previous glowing reports. Unwiped, dirty tables, menus strewn across the floor, and a barman who shouldn't be allowed anywhere near customers.

A changing beer range? It's 3 weeks after Christmas, and yet over half the range contained Christmas beers. My Everads Sleighbell was tired and lifeless.

Cheap does not mean good.
cackgsy - 17 Jan 2006 08:53
Smack bang in the middle of Orpington High Street, opposite KFC. This is a Cask Marque accredited Spoons & it shows. The quality of the beer is outstanding & the range is second to none in the area with up 10 different kegs on offer. During recent spring beer fest I was able to enjoy a different ale every day for 3 weeks, every pint was surpar.

At first glance the Harvest Moon looks like any other Wetherspoon establishment, that means you get the usual unmatchable value in the drink (�1.69 on all guest ales, �1.45 on Mondays) & to a slightly lesser extent now, the food. It's quite small & has no garden but is usefully placed for a lunchtime chat over a pint & a wrap. The place has its familiar faces & the atmosphere is always friendly with notably polite & helpful barstaff. If you appreciate a good Spoons, you'll like it here.
young_camra_collectiv - 17 Jun 2005 13:27
Now under new management, the Harvest Moon is easily the best pub in Orpington. Being a Wetherspoons it is rediculously cheap, with lovely food. The staff are friendly but firm, the perfect pub.
Jules - 20 May 2004 18:36

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