Joseph Else (JDW)

Mayor: theprof (17) | Taps: 10 | Bottles: 35+
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
Fin  (941) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 10, 2016


We (me and Dad) visited The Joseph Else, Saturday 9th April 2016. The reason we visited here was simply at 10:30 there were very few if any of the quality establishments open. I didn’t know who Joseph Else was but just checked him out and understand that he was born in Nottingham and was Principal of the city’s School of Art during 1923–39. He was also responsible for the famous lions guarding the entrance to the Council House which you can see from looking out of the front of the pub.

It is well located just across the tram tracks on South Parade though really to make things easier it is essentially at the bottom end of the Old Market Sq.

It is a typically very large JDW, with a capacity of 650 I noticed on a plaque by the door. At this hour, whilst well short of that total it still had a fair few folks in here, sadly a number of them looked like years of heavy drinking were taking its toll on their features, and their ability to talk without using the F word. It is a long narrow but tall building, as ever dingy lighting and carpeted floors add a few minus points from me. We sat near the front of the place in order to get some natural light, though any view of the market square was continually blighted by a steady stream of folk heading outside for a fag and choosing not to move any further than directly in front of the entrance or by the windows.

We never stayed long, but note it wasn’t all negative, the staff were friendly, we were served very promptly and even though we were not struck on the beers, the choice was pretty good and they were in very good condition.

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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 9/20
imdownthepub  (831) Banbury, England | October 13, 2015
We found this to be somewhat dingy and shabby, although it is certainly popular for the breakfasts. We had a double whammy with slow service on both the bar and food, others knowing to tap up the waitress to get their food quickly leaving ours cold. Local beers. Won’t be returning.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
SaintMatty  (307) Uppsala, Sweden | November 29, 2014
A centrally located JDW pub with a reasonable selection of ales, including some local offerings. Didn’t stay here long, but it seemed like a typical JDW place. I had a half of Nutbrook Bongo and it was a decent beer in good nick.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
chriso  (528) London, England | October 15, 2014| Updated December 1, 2014
Visited in 2012 and wasn’t that impressed - one of those city centre barn-like Spoons with a slightly shabby feel (both the place and the clientele). However, much better when I visited again in October 2014. Staff were enthusiastic and friendly - and keen to chat about the upcoming Nottingham beer festival. All the beers were in excellent shape and there were plenty of winners for me amongst the 10 cask pumps (and a couple of keg beers too). Probably one to avoid though on a Friday or Saturday night, given its location on the main square and slap bang in the "circuit drinking" zone..
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer  (1729) Hebden Bridge, England | June 12, 2014
On the southern side of the Old Market Square with the tram lines and tram stop situated right outside the modern styled frontage, this is about as central as it gets in the city, although it’s not the biggest of the collection of Spoons in Nottingham. The airy open front of the building gives way to the bar and then a low ceiling rear area, all of which are linked in an open plan setting, and all of which offer a convivial experience. I’ve been in here on a couple of occasions and the rotating ale selection has been decent.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
Boudicca  (1107) London, England | September 15, 2012| Updated October 10, 2014
A large, modern, busy and bustling Wetherspoon pub with a reasonable selection of beers. Joseph Else was principal of the Nottingham School of Art from 1929 to 1939 and he, together with three former students, sculpted the lions that stand guard over the entrance to the Council House (city hall) and the figures in the pediment so it’s appropriate that this pub on the Council House square should be named after him. It looks as if it may have once been a cinema or a department store with – as in so many Wetherspoon’s places like this – a high-ceilinged foyer and staircase at the front and an area at the back with a lower ceiling. In recognition of the eponymous sculptor there’s a panel on the wall showing photos of him at work and a mural opposite the bar. Apart from this the place has that sort of community centre feel sometimes found in Wetherspoon’s places during the daytime. A better Wetherspoon’s in the city centre, in my view, is the Roebuck just a stone’s throw away. Having said that, the Joseph Else has 10 taps, some interesting local beers were available and in very good condition when we were there and the service was friendly. (Last visited 8 October 2014).

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