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Ledger Building, Canary Wharf

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user reviews of the Ledger Building, Canary Wharf

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A branch of Wetherspoon's in an original docks building. It was quiet on our Thursday afternoon visit. The ale selection was reasonable - Fuller's London Pride, Greene King IPA & Abbot, Sharp's Doom Bar, Truman's Fire Starter, Twickenham Winter Warmer, Sambrook's Pale Ale, Quantock Ralehead, Adnams Mosaic & Goddard's Wight Squirrel. But, there is no real cider. My pint of WInter Warmer wasn't the best. The interior is light and airy. Ok. But there are better 'spoons.
blue_scrumpy - 18 Jan 2019 21:10
I''ve had a lot of lunch times in here. It''s far better than anything else in Canary Wharf (though that''s not saying much). It''s busy enough to keep the beers fresh so it''s unusual to get a dodgy pint. It''s never too busy to get a table. The food is bought in and heated up, but therefore consistently not bad. Altogether, recommended.
JBanana - 31 Aug 2017 15:34
I visited The Ledger after football at West Ham, very impressed with the building and surrounds. I've not reviewed a Spoons pub before but having read the reviews below thought i could write something considerably more positive.
Good service, good range of beers and food arrived in about 10 minutes. Prices may be higher than in some Spoons pubs but lower then others nearby
Iceni_Explorer - 27 Sep 2015 17:50
I have used this Lloyds Number 1 / ‘Spoon’s several times over the years and have always found it to be too busy and rather disappointing service wise.

A good range of ales with 15 hand pumps on the long bar. At least 5 are guest ales. My pint of Growler IPA was very good.

Huge building in a great location with a large area at the front for drinkers and smokers.

Back to the service, this can be very hit and miss and sometimes you feel like you need to shout or make a scene to get noticed let alone get served.

Price wise, I don’t find the Ledger Building that expensive, but it’s not your average ‘Spoons prices but it is in the Canary Wharf area so you need to remember that when criticising the prices.

Nearest ‘Spoons to work but a bit too far to make it worth going regularly.
lezford - 7 Jul 2014 12:56

Was refused a pint of Guinness until I ordered food because I had a child with me, even though I assured the barman I was going to order once I had looked at the menu.

Told me this was licencing laws rather than house policy which i assume it really is. Goes to show Whetherspoons do not really welcome families despite having family rooms.

I understand there is a two pint maximum for people with children too.

I walked out

Talk about nanny state. Will be my last visit here.
TheHorsesMouth - 25 Sep 2013 17:04
Been here a few times, its got the usual sterility of a Wetherspoons so don't go here expecting any charm or too much flavour in the microwave meals!

It is however somewhere to drink that is on the edge of the wharf more towards the local estates which means an interesting mix of locals, businessmen and passers by.
BeerMe10 - 30 Jul 2013 09:27
Go here a lot for the cheap wetherspoon burgers BUT despite the fact it usually as 6-12 ales on I am still yet to get one decent pint of the stuff in here.

Now tend to drink Guinness. I love the idea of wetherspoon pubs I just wished they would sell decent ale rather than just loads of different bad ones.

TheHorsesMouth - 6 Mar 2013 13:31
Great pint of Westerham Grasshopper, nice meal. Staff talkative and friendly
potyman - 7 Dec 2011 15:41
Free wi-fi, good beer, brilliant staff, probably the best pub on the Wharf and certainly the best chain pub. The recent-ish refurbishment has improved the place massively and apart from a Friday night when it's a meat market it doesn't tend to get too busy so you can enjoy a pint
mikecoxon - 3 Aug 2011 16:51
By far the best chain pub around Canary Wharf, busy at 17:00 yesterday but not absurdly so. Mixed range of clientele, not too many boy bankers around [they seemed to be outside the All Bar One]. As there was a cider festival on tried a couple of these rather than beer. Possibly a better beer range available when they're not concentrating on ciders. Realised I hadn't been here since the first month it opened, ten years ago!

Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.
TiaMariaJim - 28 Jul 2011 10:30
Had a refurbishment since I last visited here and it actually looks quite good, In some of the side rooms you actually wouldn't think you were in a 'spoons! Relatively quiet on a Wednesday night, got served at the bar quickly with a decent range of real ales on offer at 2.69 a pint. Food wasn't bad and since the refurb service seems to have improved (placed in front of you rather than thrown). Probably the best pub in CW if you want a quiet drink and a chat (Friday nights may be a different case altogether though).
BeeryRog - 24 Feb 2011 10:50
An unusually low building for a dockland setting, appearing somewhat inconspicuous from a distance compared with the former warehouses nearby and tower blocks beyond. In fact, if looking for the place in the late afternoon/early evening you will probably hear all the customers outside in the large patio area first. However, as you approach the hubbub, the historic facade with its grand portico awaits... Once inside, the refurbishment is a curious mixture of heritage and modern, and the decor of the main bar and side rooms gives the place a distinctly cool feel. The toilets are feature too, but I could without the creepy attendants. Fifteen handpumps on the bar, but with some duplicate clips there was still a decent offering of about 10 real ales and ciders. Beer quality is fine, and the prices unbeatable for Canary Wharf (e.g. guest ales such as Nethergate Essex Border at 2.40).
rpadam - 11 Sep 2010 10:56
A real decent example of a Weatherspoons, lively and buzzing on Fridays, a bit more relaxed on Sats.
Well done.
alkuhl - 1 Aug 2010 11:15
On the contrary to the previous posting, I find the Ledger Building a far cry from a typical Wetherspoons. It is actually a Lloyds No 1 bar although it does have the more expansive range associated with Wetherspoons and the menus are also the normal Wetherspoons. The interior is hardly the usual plastic, pub by numbers that I normally associate with the chain. Having been disused for 20 years, the building underwent a major restoration and refurbished that has resulted in a tastefully modern bar that fortunately doesnt take the gloss off the building's character or heritage although it may not be done out to everyones taste. The rather grand entrance is flanked by 4 large columns and this leads leads to a flag stoned corridor. Off to the right, the barn like main bar is long and cavernous with the ceiling held up by modern wooden frames and a long narrow skylight at the rear. There is plenty of seating although it can get packed towards the end of the week. On the other side of the corridor are 3 interconnected rooms of fairly equal size that offer something a bit more sedate away from the crowds although some of the colour schemes on the fairly bare walls are rather dull to say the least. These rooms can be individually or collectively sealed off and used for functions or private parties. The central room also has a small outdoor patio. The Ale selection is above average with 5 guest beers supplementing the 5 more standard ones. Prices are the highest Spoons prices I have come across with guest beers at 2.50 but, not being part of the multi-million pound bonus brigade, this is still bargain territory to me compared to what is on offer in the rest of Docklands. The service can certainly be improved with the zombie like staff eminating an alsmost Beckhamesque personality. Twice I had to correct them when they started to pull the wrong pint and Im not sure that dishing up a guest beer in a Pride glass would be a hit with the Cask Marque guys either. The toilets downstairs are worthy of exploration, even having a small lounge outside if you are the type who feels the need to linger around public conveniences. Overall, there is little in the way of bars or pubs in Docklands that appeal to me and I like the Ledger because it does have a different ambience and feel to the usual Spoons and is probably the only place in Docklands I would feel comfortable having anything other than a quick pint.
RogerB - 23 Sep 2008 11:25
Fairly typical Spoons but without the shouty people. It does arrract the braying City Boys but is by far the best pub on West India Quay.
Glasgowboy - 10 Sep 2008 15:06
Part of the JDW chain (Lloyds No. 1 I think?) and a welcome oasis in the middle of Docklands. 2 pints and change from a fiver, quite remarkable! Lovely building with great air conditioning, very welcome on a hot afternoon! Also had probably the grandest loo's I've ever come across, and spotless too! Also a large enclosed area for Al Fresco dining/drinking. Had a range of approx. 8 ales available. I had Greene King Sundance @ 4.1% Not usually a fan of GK but this new summer ale was pretty good. Usual JDW food menu and service was both friendly and quick. I'd agree with an earlier review that this is probably the best "spoons" I've come across.
BlueArmy0 - 27 Jul 2008 16:23
Lovely building and the dcor is not typical Spoon. Nice seating area outside and as usual the cheapest pub in the area. Had 2 pints which were both adequate and service was good. Well worth a visit for a pleasant drink this summer.
TheHorsesMouth - 6 Aug 2007 13:04
One of the best Wetherspoons, in great grade I-listed building on the quayside.
Greshon - 11 Jul 2007 12:29
Jagerbulls, its all about the jagerbulls. but yes this is a nice big pub, prices are good for the area, but its a lloyds/JDW so good prices are to be expected. nice outside area where i've spent numerous nights in the summer, and i work in south quay, so its a nice place to unwind after work, only 10 mins walk away.
Spartakoos - 10 Oct 2006 18:09
Excellent choice of real ales, comfortably one of the best pubs on the estate (faint praise I know). Staff are friendly. Full of financial and banking types?-odd that given several of the worlds largest banks have multi-storey offices here. Clientele are down-to earth, hardly the home ground of bonus kings.
BlindTiger - 29 Sep 2006 17:03
Excellent choice of real ales, comfortably on of the best pubs on the estate (faint praise I know). Staff are friendly. Full of financial and banking types?-odd that given several of the worlds largest banks have multi-storey offices here. Clientele are down-to earth, hardly the home ground of bonus kings.
BlindTiger - 29 Sep 2006 17:02
The suggestion that a Lloyds No. 1 bar generally, and this place in particular, would appeal to "fairly well off financial/banking types" is amusing.
anonymous - 22 Sep 2006 21:46
This is now a Lloyds No 1. Obviously this fits in better with the customer profile. You fairly well off financial/banking types. I used to like it but in the last few months has deteriorated somewhat. I don't like sitting in rooms that are remote from the bar. It needs a makeover.
not a lover of Lloyds I don't think I will visit again.
wyndham - 22 Sep 2006 19:12
Visited on 18 May 2006. Not usually a fan of Wetherspoons but this one is pretty good. Very good prices for well kept beers and good service.
154e - 18 May 2006 13:03
Despite being a Spoons this is one of your best bets in this rubbish locale. 6/10
anonymous - 2 Feb 2006 12:35
Absolutely brilliant place, great service, good food, nice prices & best of all good atmosphere(despite no music).
danny73 - 15 Sep 2005 17:53
This is easily the best place in Canary Wharf. I'm not a Wetherspoons fan, but the managers of this one are excellent. An effort is made to keep at least three guest beers on, the beer is kept well and service is good even when very busy (although I do wish there was a separate area for food orders). As there are effectively four separate seating areas, it doesn't feel oppressively packed even when it is! Prices have gone up recently but still represent excellent value when compared to the other rip-off joints in Canary Wharf.
Get_me_some_Old_Tom - 15 Jun 2005 14:02
Good pub serving interesting beers at a reasonable price. bar staff friendly and efficient!
Food good too!
jersey - 24 Apr 2005 21:29
Good place to start your night.

Can be a bit annoying as no music so all you here is a load of people all chatting at once which can be an annoying sound!
The_Hitman - 31 Mar 2005 18:13
Very good place to start your night!

There is no music so its best to go in a crowd, we always go from work on a Friday stay in there till about 10 then go on somewhere else!!!

Lauren - 17 Sep 2004 15:29
Good in summer, as people can spill out onto West India Quay, which gives a good atmospehere actually, unusual for a 'spoons.

Interior is odd to say the least. Typical spoon mix of historic building mixed with purple neon lights and stainless steel.

Toilets are as luxurious place as you'll find to relieve yourself.

At the end of the day though, cheap, quality drink near Canary Wharf. Nuff said.

anonymous - 19 Nov 2003 12:27
Its freindly and has the most amazing ladies toilet facilities!
Faith - 25 Apr 2003 00:29
Large Wetherspoons serving their typical fare, this is a busy pub primarily as it's probably the cheapest drink you'll get in Canary Wharf. Seating area outside which is usually very crowded in summer. V.lively on a Friday night with a less pompous clientelle than most of the ubiquitous 'bars' that seem to dot this area of the Wharf.
Sen - 18 Mar 2003 09:32

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