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Temeraire, Saffron Walden

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Visited this 'spoons on the high street yesterday afternoon/early evening. It was a Monday and so it was pleasantly quiet and relaxed, and v easy to get served, so thankfully I had no issues with service unlike other reviewers. I have to say I like this pub very much and If I lived in Saffron Walden or nearby, you would often find me with a pint of ale in my hand propping up the bar. This is a proper decent pub where I'm sure families would feel safe and comfortable.
dougdeep - 22 Sep 2015 12:18
We've tried the Temeraire on previous occasions, not least to use Camra vouchers. Beer always well kept and friendly staff. Hit gold today with good selection of beers (7 of 8 pumps in use, 3 of which were golden), my preference for Saffron Citurian, a very flavoursome 3.8%. Adnams American IPA and Morwen Radgie Gadgie, both 4.8%, didn't match the Citurian for flavour.
Six Nations on TV, not intrusive, food good quality pub grub.
Maisie - 7 Feb 2015 14:54
Very poor choice of ales - only one guest on (Grain Store) which was OK. Otherwise it was Coming Soon or Greene King rubbish. Why put Wetherspoon pubs like this in the Good Beer Guide?
anotherpintplease - 10 Sep 2012 22:46
I found the Temeraire to be an above-average branch of Spoons. The cider and perry selection was excellent - Broadoak Perry, Westons Old Rosie, Vintage Organic, Marcle Hill & Raspberry Twist, Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon & Thatchers Heritage. Unfortunately, some of the beers displayed were 'coming soon'. But they did seemingly have Greene King Abbot & Ruddles Best, Batemans Veto Ale, Adnams Southwold IPA & Nick Stafford's Hambletons Ales Nightmare. Staff were fairly friendly and efficient. Live football was being shown on the TV. Worth a visit if in Saffron Walden.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Mar 2012 18:33
This is a" Wetherspoons". Always short of staff at busy times.
Fair sized place with plenty of tables both inside and out. Does get busy and turns into a bit of a bun fight for service. If you have been to a Wetherspoons before, then this is no worse or better than the rest.
valtojos - 12 Sep 2011 01:05
Wouldn't rate this place.
Lunch times are ok.
Friday and Saturday evenings are shambolic. Staff are extremely rude, they can barely cope with the volume of customers and have a distinct lack of interest in the customers needs or requests. It took 35 minutes for me to get served at the bar yesterday evening.
I donít know where the management source their staff from, but they are poor. It is not uncommon to hear staff swear at customers to ignore anyone who complains about how long they are waiting at the bar.
Weatherspoon pubs are cheap and cheerful, we know this. But this is the first I have experienced with such poor customer service. It really lets the chain down.

The food is as you would expect for a Weatherspoon place, and comes out in good time. Lunch times, as I have mentioned, are not too bad. Would strongly recommend avoiding on Friday and Saturday nights.

localyokel1 - 8 Jan 2011 18:21
Cheap but poor quality food, a good range of beers, plenty of tables, but as a customer you feel an incovenience to the rude staff that work there. Also on a busy weekend evening there were just 3 people seving on the bar which took 35 minutes for me to get served!
country2010 - 26 Dec 2010 12:23
Cheap but poor quality food, a good range of beers, plenty of tables, but as a customer you feel an incovenience to the rude staff that work there. Also on a busy weekend evening there were just 3 people seving on the bar which took 35 minutes for me to get served!
country2010 - 26 Dec 2010 12:23
A good meeting place, family friendly. Cheap priced food which is perfectly edible with good portions. A very big selection of drinks.
country2010 - 23 Nov 2009 17:18
Popped in for a light sunday lunch and an ale. This is a large pub with many tables and a large beer garden.
We found a secluded booth to sit in at the rear of the pub that kept the noise down to a level that allowed almost normal conversation.
Lots of ales on, I asked for the Ringwood. Sorry it's just run out, OK I will have the Cromwell then. Sorry it's just run out. OK then I will settle for the Ruddles then.
Food fair, cheap and upto JD standards, service fairly quick and ale drinkable. Sunday lunch menu looked good value but we only wanted a light snack.
OK if you have no better place to go to
CambridgeBlue - 18 Jun 2009 09:36
The range and quality of beer is good. For some reason the quality of food isn't as good as our previous regular Wetherspoons but is acceptable (for the price). They apparently have a problem washing up glasses (my wife complains of adherent orange pulp being a frequent feature) and cutlery (the knife I was supplied with my most recent meal there was in a dreadful state). Service is as slow as any Wetherspoons and maybe they could either be a bit more forceful with the fairly regular loud customer and/or call the police sooner when the first warning is unheeded?
Zaphod_Beeblebrox - 13 Jul 2008 19:59
i used to drink there a few years ago like in 00, anway does anyone know how i can get in touvh with a finnish girl named alona... she used to go to saffron walden county high and then on to reading university..
mrnyc - 26 Nov 2006 00:24

This is a great example of what a pub should NOT be! Cheap beer invites under-age chavs to get horrendously drunk and then nip round the corner for a kebab and a fight.

demonboy - 27 Jun 2006 18:45
Comments below about weekend nights could apply to most JDWs; visit on Sunday to enjoy the usual quality/choice beer and unusually good sunday lunch
mtaylor40 - 25 Sep 2005 01:12
Agree with Marcus about Friday/Sat nights. Usual standard Wetherspoons stuff - have some real ales although I don't know how many they actually sell because most of the clientele drink lager or bottles. However it can be a nice place to pop into during the day. Large garden. Cheap. Mind the chavs though.
leftwinguk - 21 Jun 2005 12:04
Friday Night = Slappers and Barry Boys and people with no personality. Oooo this WKD has gone to my head, what shall I do? Have a fight or go to the Kebab shop? I know I'll just stare at the bright lights in this no atmosphere chain pub, whilst my friend smashes a window. Have I got my point across yet?
Marcus - 17 Nov 2004 17:47
A very lively and friendly pub, long queues for the bar on Friday nights, but provides good Wetherspoons food and is nice and easy to get to, and lovely and cheap!
Katie - 10 Sep 2004 19:49
The usual Wetherspoons fare and a tendency to attract all the young drinkers to the place. Can be a bit unruly at a weekend after hours when the lads pur out on to the pavement outside. Nevertheless, it is a nice place to go and eat, as long as yu don't mind waiting. Not a good place to go if you are in a hurry or on your lunchbreak.
Charlotte - 2 Sep 2004 16:09
A J.D.Wetherspoons so you know what to expect, but given the location it's not bad.
cp - 23 Jun 2004 10:55

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