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The Butlers Bell, Stafford - pub details

Butlers Bell

Address: 27 Gaolgate Street, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST16 2NT [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 43228) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Stafford (0.4 miles)

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> Current user rating: 4.5/10 (rated by 2 users)
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user reviews of the Butlers Bell, Stafford

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Thought I’d better expend on my rather brief review, since nobody else seems to have done.

When it first opened this place did seem to be trying to appeal to a class of punter more highbrow than the usual Wetherspoons. There were signs banning football shirts and baseball caps, they tried to get rid of guest ales, and were always the first to go for managements “gentrification” ideas. However, that seems to have died a death now – maybe they’ve given up trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear ?!

There are a couple of smallish drinking areas at the front which look out onto the street (literally so, since the windows are opened completely in warm weather). Further back the place is open-plan, with the bat on the left. On the right hand side there are some small cages (each containing 1 table), which are to commemorate the fact that the place used to be a gaol ! There is also a beer garden out back, and a few tables out on the street at the front. These latter are supposed to be no alcohol and no smoking, but these rules are often ignored.

There are supposedly 10 handpumps, but you rarely get more than one or two guest ales, with prominent space being given to Abbot, the “trio of doom”, “coming soon” and fake cider pumps (always at least 2 of those). The bar staff are pretty clueless as well.

5/10 - Quite definitely the worse of the two Spoons in town
Martinsh - 14 Jul 2015 23:13
A Wetherspoons with pretensions !
Martinsh - 14 Mar 2014 23:53

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