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Moon On The Square, Basildon - pub details

Moon On The Square

Address: 1/15 Market Square, Basildon, Essex, SS14 1DF [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 10056) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Basildon (0.1 miles), Laindon (1.5 miles), Pitsea (2.4 miles)

Chain: Wetherspoons

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The Moon On The Square was our second stop in Basildon yesterday, following the Basildon Sports & Social Club on the northern outskirts. This is of course a Wetherspoon's pub on the edge of the Eastgate Shopping Centre and near to both the railway and bus stations. The area feels a little dilapidated. But the Moon On The Square is a typical old 'spoon's with an open-plan interior. Greene King Abbot & Ruddles Best are the regular beers. Guests are Sharp's Doom Bar, Ringwood Forty Nine, Sambrook's Junction & Prescott Grand Prix. Ciders were Black Dragon & Old Rosie. There were the usual mix of daytime Wetherspoon's miscreants. But this was one of only 2 places where I found real cider in this part of Essex. So it does deserve some credit.
blue_scrumpy - 30 Sep 2018 10:57
It has been almost seven years since I last reviewed this pub and I can honestly say that little has changed in that time. The smell of stale beer and toilet duck continues to permeate the air and I am still waiting for that half of shandy.
On a slightly more positive note, the hammer shaft which I had left on display in trap one during my last visit is no longer there. Either it has decomposed , been stolen or someone has had the audacity to flush it away. Fred, the elderly gent who used to sit at the first table on the left as you enter from The Towngate, was no longer there either and may well have suffered a similar fate.
The usual market traders were conspicuous by their absence on this occasion and had been replaced by representatives of the travelling community who appeared to be letting off steam after a hard day's work. I finally left at half past ten as I wanted to get back home to Billericay by lunchtime to check that noone had stolen the lead from the roof during my short absence.
Muffindamule - 19 Nov 2011 22:57
If you are a real ale drinker in a slightly down at heel modern British town you have to venture into the Spoon's. Chances are you will get a decent real ale, however this can be at the price of seeing the worse of society. You read an article in your Sunday paper about Chavs or about excessive drinking and you thought it was all hype, but then you wander into a Spoon. This one was pretty friendly in many ways and we had a good time but one could sense trouble was only a Vodka and J2O away. The beer was nice, we bought the stressed bar man a drink and thereafter we had a friend for the evening. The sad thing is, for the real ale drinker, this is the best place in town.
elpescado - 4 Jul 2010 17:59
It's been nearly a year since my last visit and not a lot has changed. Gold Label barley wine was on offer at what I considered a very fair price but, then again, one has to offset the saving against the cost of the stab resistant kevlar attire that I would recommend wearing if visiting.
The bar staff deserve a medal for friendliness in the face of the enemy.
stropmag - 19 Mar 2010 18:08
It's not the staff here who are the problem (yes, they can appear slow and lacking in motivation) but the real problem is with the clientele. I've always taken the view that a pub is what people make it. On this basis the customers here are guilty of pubicide. How many miserable, self pitying mugwumps can one stand in one sitting? There are the odd market traders popping in for a top-up. They seem an ok bunch, if a bit over loud on occasions. Then there are the, apparently resident, benefit dependent all day drinkers discussing the day's best investments at Coral's. Perhaps there is a case for reducing the price of booze to take home from the supermarket or old fashioned off- licence.
stropmag - 19 Apr 2009 18:59

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