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The Unicorn, Altrincham - pub details


Address: 1-7 Ashley Road, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2DT [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 5405) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Altrincham (0.3 miles), Hale (0.4 miles), Navigation Road (1 mile)

Chain: Wetherspoons

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Last review dos't leave much to add.
There are 10 hand pulls with 9 for ale and 1 for cider.
I tried a cople of the guest ales:- Morehouse Blond Witch and Thwaites Wainright which were both excellent and cost �1.99 a pint each.
bjbrummiejohn - 20 Aug 2012 07:50
I have been to The Unicorn on several occasions in the past and as far as Wetherspoons go, this is probably just a touch above average, it's clean, the beers are OK, and the food fairly consistent. Although I do have an issue over the "chicken wings" description? Sparrow wings might be a better one.

The place itself is getting a little tatty around the edges these days and could do with some TLC, as some vandal damage was evident to a few chairs & table tops. A minority I'm sure, but sadly reflects that at times the less desirable amongst us does occasionally frequent here. This isn't unique to "Spoons" of course, but having never been here at night, it might be something to be aware of.

Anyway, no problems on the day of my visit (Lunchtime Tues 12/6/12) or on previous occasions, with most of the customers during the afternoon being of a more mature nature.

The beers on offer (as I so often find here) tend to be the multi-national generic types, rather than local micro's, with the likes of Abbott, Youngs, Ruddles dominating the bar, although on the day in question they did had a very nice Moorhouses on tap.

Sadly, I think the above might be a lack of imagination from the manager, when it comes to ordering beer, he/she is basically taking the easy option. Personally, I would like them to support local brewers (as many "spoons" do) and as such would expect to see a wider choice from the regions micro's, after all, the North West has some of the best brews in the Country.
If further evidence was needed, the "CAMRA" corner was pathetic, just a few beer pump clips, no leaflets or any promotional literature, frankly it was embarrassing and once again shows a complete lack of interest on the part of the management.

Considering the tired looking upstairs decor, the toilets were surprisingly clean, bright & almost free of vandalism, a credit to be fair.

OK to summarise, compared with a good Wetherspoons (ie.Northwich) it has a long way to go, but the staff were pleasant enough and it was clean, so aside from the generic beer range, It just about gets my vote, if not for beer, the coffee is always good.

This place has got real potential, it just needs a committed manager. .

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lwalker101 - 13 Jun 2012 14:46
Large, modern 'spoons of no particular distinction, with a long bar and several raised seating areas. Ten real ales on handpump, including an excellent Rudgate Ruby Mild at �1.85.
rpadam - 4 Jul 2010 14:38
Not one of the better Wetherspoons pubs. Generally the beer is okay, food poor, lack of atmosphere, quite a few scallies knocking about.
Northern_Ale_Monkey - 19 May 2010 09:22
went in on a afternoon mid week had a abbott which was ok the pleasing thing was the bar staff that served me the pint was a bit short and asked me to leave till he had top it up and then when their was a short head on the pint and asked me if i wanted topping up more excellent service would go again one of the better lloyds(jd)
forestwood - 18 Feb 2010 19:00

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