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New Cross Turnpike

Address: 55 Bellegrove Road, Welling, Kent, DA16 3PB [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 1816) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Welling (0.2 miles), Falconwood (1.2 miles), Bexleyheath (1.4 miles)

Chain: Wetherspoons

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This has got better since it re-opened.
Nice and pleasant atmosphere, Ales were good quality, and a fair choice to be had too.
Also ate in here, food was very good, staff seemed to be youngsters as far as I could see, but had no real complaints from me.
I would say that this for a Wetherspoons is better than the others in the chain nearby.
I will use this more often if in Welling or nearby.
For me at 17:30 on a Friday, I saw none of the overcrowding mentioned in other reviews, and bar service was very good too.
CaskBill - 10 Aug 2016 21:12
My first visit here since it reopened earlier in February after the fire last year and like the review from Zaphod I feel they have over used the space near the bar and crammed to many high tables and benches in, making the access to the bar and toilets far too overcrowded.

Saturday at 1.30pm when me and 4 pals got here and it was really busy. The bar staff were not too sure who to serve next so I just jumped in and ordered my ales, this would normally annoy me if I was waiting but the young lad really didn’t have a clue who was next!

12 hand pumps with 8 ales on, most of the choices were uninspiring but the Rockin Robin Blizzard of Oz @ 4.5% was more than drinkable.

The refurbishment is good but they have filled all of the floor space and I spent more of my hour here moving out of the way of staff going past with plates of food. A decent ‘spoons in a part of the High Street where pubs are at a premium, worth a visit but maybe when it’s not so busy.

lezford - 9 Mar 2016 10:29
Rebuilt and reopened. 'spoons obviously spent a whack of insurance cash on the place. It looks great but very disappointing. A couple of visits now and a few things have become obvious.

1: beer selection and condition has gone down the pan. Once they had a good range of all types, cask, keg, and bottle. Now its the bare minimum corporate set of beers. On each visit only around 1/2 to 2/3 of the 12 hand pumps were on. What was on was in very poor condition. The bottle selection too is now minimal. Gone is the Flying Dog, Rogue, etc.

2: the layout of the bar area is idiotic. Too many tables stuffed up by the bar. Its not actually possible for someone in a wheel chair to get to the bar, disabled toilet, or the disabled lift. Most of these tables are of the high with stool variety. Again useless for a disabled person to use. Despite many complaints on their Facebook page, nothing has been done about it. "will let the architect know". Seriously, the manager can't move a couple of bloody tables around to make a clear passage.

3: staff. All new. All training. Massively slow queues for the bar. Little product knowledge. Not a clue as to serve in what order. An intelligent manager would have ensured at least 1 or 2 experienced staff would be kept around to bring the rookies up to speed, but no. Leave half a dozen kids with no experience and no manager behind the bar on a busy Thursday night. I really felt for those kids. In my case he messed up my change. It took him the best part of 5 minutes to find someone to override the till. That is unacceptable.

In the time it took to get served I could have walked down to the Plow & Harrow, ordered, drank, then stopped for a takeaway curry on the way back to the Turnpike with the bloke in front of me still trying to get served.

4: food. Usual 'spoons fare but with the bar not being able to handle the amount of customers, my last 2 meals had obviously sat under the heat lamp for quite some time. The curry developing a skin.

The most telling thing is that after 8 years I didn't recognise anyone in the bar last Thursday night. None of the old regulars have returned. They're all drinking down in the Furze Wren or the Wrong 'un, where many of the old Turnpike staff ended up.

Doubt it will make the next edition of the good beer guide.
Zaphod - 21 Feb 2016 12:06
Burnt out but indications are it will reopen in Feb 2016. Just prior to the fire it was in the CAMRA guide to London's best beer pubs for 2015 as one of the top 5 'spoons in London. Pretty good accolade for what used to be a run of the mill 'spoons. At the end of August it had simply the best selection of real ales and craft beers of any pub in Bexley, or Greenwich.
Zaphod - 18 Dec 2015 15:47
Reports on local news media of pub on fire.

Sounds serious and may be closed for some time.
BarryE - 31 Aug 2015 19:21

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