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Typical town centre Wetherspoons. It looks like it was a former shop and stretches back quite a way to the bar at the rear. Drinking space is maximised with toilets upstairs. The décor is fairly modern and not particularly inspiring. Ales were Greene King Abbot, Ruddles Best, Fullers London Pride, Marstons Help For Heroes, Tring Kotuku, Georges Saxon Gold, Woodfordes Nelson's & Woods Chestnut. Ciders were Old Rosie & Wyld Wood. As usual, confusion reigned over the acceptance of CAMRA vouchers for real cider!
blue_scrumpy - 5 Jul 2015 14:05
The food & drink are cheap here! There is little atmosphere & the tables are sticky & dirty. You have to ask several times for the table to be cleaned from the previous occupants and then you feel like an inconvenience. The service is poor & the layout is not great either. The quality of the food is awful - very bland, tasteless & obviously bought in & microwaved. For some reason (probably cheap beer) it gets packed on Fri & Sat nights. The Olde Crown & Paul Pry nearby are far better.
hazelha - 12 Jun 2010 21:12
Cheap beer but lacking in atmosphere. Takes 2 years to climb the steps to the toilets upstairs. Pointless outside area on the right hand side .. this is situated next door to the Rayleigh Library and opposite the police station. Fosters is almost as cheap at the Paul Pry Tavern just a short walking distance up the road so if you want atmosphere just go there instead.
fusedplug - 6 Jun 2010 20:58
I was in here last Saturday and a very mixed crowd were enjoying themselves.
I counted five pubs in the high street and not only is this the best but it's also the only one NOT selling GK IPA...hooray. I don't mind the old pint but the choice of other beers is limited.
Not in here as you would expect from a JDW pub.
This place is large clean and bright and cheap need to go anywhere else.
bjbrummiejohn - 24 May 2010 08:51
if you want to buy cheap drinks this is the place! but its also not the kind of place youd take a lady or your for the lads.
DrinkFekAss - 18 May 2010 14:58
one of the worst wetherspoons around. service is diabolical and the food is a disgrace. ok its cheap prices but at least take some pride in in the food. no atmosphere expect on friday and saturday nights were you are meet with a wall of yong chavs at the bar who refuse to move so you can get served. a cheaper pint than the other pubs but for a better pub atmosphere and better food go to the Travellers just down the road
mickybrown64 - 9 Feb 2010 21:41
A classic case of irresponsible retailing I would say having seen "kids" falling around the place full of cheap alcohol!
lpt48 - 1 Nov 2009 16:10
great pub Ron Buckley who owns Clubkey offshore spends people's money here gereat pub, Ron easy to find cos he hav bing string vest on
vincentprice - 22 Oct 2009 07:59
Fairly standard 'spoons, but a bit unusual in that it does have a proper pole-mounted pub sign out front. Reasonable choice of beer, but I thought that my pint of Mauldon's Black Adder was a bit flat (which is surprising since JDW normally turn over their real ale so quickly that it is normally in top condition).
rpadam - 27 Aug 2009 23:04
I've visited 3 times in the last week mainly because I have CAMRA's �20 of vouchers for use over the year.
Last sunday and monday were perfect visits. Plenty of space, excellent beer and a meal on monday with the wife. Really changed my mind about these places. UNTIL the punch up on thursday night. A drunken lout in his 20's (?) jumping over the tables to land his fist in his victims face. The bar staff were amazing - not hesitating to deal with this rather frightening situation - all over in a matter of seconds. Soon ejected and back to normal. The question arises - are they used to dealing with this? There were a good couple of hundred people in here that night which is why I avoid town pubs
like Weatherspoons. I will go back but it will be early in the week after work. Judgement reserved on this occasion.
ButchEgg - 13 Apr 2009 13:56
To be honest its a wetherspoons cheap beer miserable staff, main problem is its too busy and staff dont care mind you if you were working on a saturday for minimum wage would you be happy to be honest not the worst not the best. Good thing is the real ales thats good fun trying all different types but at the end of the day its cheap and not the best not the worst. Probably the worst thing is the townies who try to look cool in a weatherspoons is that possible I think not
conneelyboy - 8 Dec 2008 01:34
this is a lovely pub and probebly the best wetherspoons in the area, in the last six months it has improved so much, the ale selection is better and the staff all seem to enjoy their work.
klausvanhoughton - 30 Jan 2008 04:01
I decided to try the Roebuck for breakfast on the basis of mtaylor40's report and I'm very glad I did.

Good news: "Traditonal" breakfast (Served 09:00 - 12:00hrs - Egg, bacon, sausage, baked beans, hash browns, mushroom and tomato) washed down with a pint of Spitfire is only �3.64. All the staff I've seen have been friendly and polite.

Even better news: Emma can pull an amazingly headless pint if requested. :-)

Bad news: Many of the cloth-covered chairs are stained and uninviting.

Gore.May - 24 Feb 2007 12:24
I like it. I wouldn't put many Wetherspoons on my list of Top 100 pubs (the Babington apart), but beer and breakfast on a Sunday morning at a 'Spoons is one of life's pleasures. Very good Caledonian Christmas beer, and better than usual cappucino and breakfast, all at absolute bargain prices in a pleasant setting.
mtaylor40 - 3 Dec 2006 21:09
over 1 hour for crappy food - need I say more?
anonymous - 16 Sep 2006 12:17
This would be great if it didn't have 'd'-heads that don't understand bar courtesy... "I've been standing at the bar longer then you mate" "so..." makes my blood boil! - 23 Jun 2006 14:12
Beer is cheap and does the job! not too much atmosphere but that is JDW for you.
My personal gripe is with one of the female duty managers - i have been ignored so many times by the individual that i no longer go in there.
Sack the duty manager and i will rate the pub sky high!
GROWBAG - 23 Jun 2006 13:54
A fantastic new bar man has just started - I think his name is Micheal, he's from Poland. He greeted everyone in our group well, and his service was fast. He certainly brightens the place up - just what our local needs! Top class, and will come even more often because of the polish hunk!
anonymous - 16 Apr 2006 01:55
Would have given it 0 instead of 1 out of 10 if the drinka werent so chaep
boozaaah - 20 Dec 2005 16:24
Another big JDW pub. Good range of beers. Somewhat soulless, however. Not over enamoured. Big rectangular spaces with tables dotted hither and thither. Classic JDW maximised use of every corner of space for potential punters. Not much oak beam or horse brass (hullo there!) going on here! For a pub with such a rustic name, surprisingly (or not) free of charm. That and, as everyone else has said, a grindingly long wait at the bar.
halpo - 16 Jun 2005 15:57
Has a wide range of beers (if you can get served that is). As per the previous comment, on a Friday/Saturday night it can take forever to get a drink.

This pub is better during the week or Sunday afternoon.

brassmonkeys - 20 Jan 2005 13:02
And cheap too
Jiminho - 11 Jan 2005 16:38
Part of the Wetherspoons chain. A good selection of beers and lagers, and the food is also quite nice. Very very busy on a friday and saturday nights. Expect to que for 10-15 minutes for a drink. My suggestion would be to totally avoid this place on a friday or saturday night. Great for the rest of the week though.
Jiminho - 11 Jan 2005 16:38

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