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Beer Available At Babington Arms (JDW) (arranged by most recent)
Falstaff Warhol , Falstaff Edward Hicks , Small World Thunderbridge Stout , Small World Twin Falls , Wood Street Senator , Wentworth Speckled Wood , Sixpoint Bengali Tiger IPA 94, Sixpoint Sweet Action 78, Sixpoint The Crisp , Rudgate Labyrinth 26, Celt Experience Celt Dark Age 79, Hawkshead El Dorado 78
Rune (452) Tromsø, Norway | February 26, 2015
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
One of the best Wetherspoons I have been to when it comes to choice of cask ales. All together 18 hand-pumps displaying beers from small breweries like Falstaff, Wentworth, Pennine and Small World. A TV screen above the bar shows the beer menu - very informative. Otherwise a rather typical JDW with an open plan outlook, and most important, clean toilet facilities. Central location, just off the pedestrian area in town (visit twice 21.02 and 22.02.2015).
Brigadier (287) Clevelandish, Ohio | July 31, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Having walked past this street a number of times I finally stopped in. I wish I had done so sooner - unlike the Thomas Leaper and Standing Order this JDW pub actually provides a selection of quality local ales on top of the usual Carling. Very large and spacious with an outdoor patio it never felt crowded.
The cask choices are mostly local with beers from Wobbly, Derby, Falstaff, and other regional breweries. Most pints run about £2.55 to £3.00 and as with everywhere else you can get halfs to increase your number of ticks.
While I did not eat here I can only assume the food is similar to other JDW pubs. It won’t be anything outstanding but it should be good enough to absorb the alcohol. Be sure to stop in if you are doing a crawl around Derby or get stuck at Westfield Mall.
wimpyjoe (1438) Hebden Bridge, England | February 25, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 12/20
A traditional look Wetherspoon pub but no less of one for it. It has an excellent real ale selection and a warming atmosphere with plenty of room for all.
lada66 (134) Savonlinna, Finland | September 26, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Wetherspoon with wethersoon selection. A good place to have the early morning breakfast (2010).
sic1314 (415) Leiden, Netherlands | August 30, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Now if only every Weatherspoons was like this. Older, knowledgeable staff offering a great selection of very well kept ales at great prices.
cgarvieuk (177) Edinburgh , Scotland | October 21, 2011| Updated December 14, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 14/20
a very standard spoon all be it with 14 taps. was in during spoons festival but it had a good selection
Fin (645) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | September 13, 2007
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
First visit to this JDW which my dad raves about. Certainly not your typical Wetherspoons this had a tremendous selection of Real Ales and all the ones I had were very good indeed. Staff member I chatted was pleasant but did come across ’I know more than you do’ when talking to me about their beers, and he probably did as there were a number of local beers on offer but bit annoying. Thought that the electronic display for beers was interesting and helpful. An enjoyable pub but as others have said it is in the end its a JDW so atmosphere will always lack compared to other establishments.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | August 26, 2007
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
As people have mentionned, this is very likely to be the best Wetherspoon in the UK, with an astronomic 17 different casks including a very, very varied range of breweries and changing frequently thanks to a generous affluence. The service is of course not the best, understaffed and not very personnal. + the seem to be fading out the third of a pint glasses these days, so that may belong to the past when you visit. Great looking rear area with the book shelves that build up most of the palce’s character. Very large room, lots of seating area. Still, an absolute must if in Derby. ordinary food though.
berkshirejohn (173) Bracknell, England | February 12, 2007
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
A fabulous selection of cask ale; but in the end it’s a Weatherspoon’s - no atmosphere (certainly on a Monday night).
The beer was well kept and unusual - I seem to have picked two that aren’t listed (yet), and well priced. The food was the usual JDW fayre - accedtable, and very reasonably priced. I need to go back to get the full details of the beers I tried - but it’s not a place I’d go out of my way to visit again.
DJMonarch (83) Northwich, England | February 27, 2006
80 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
I’d heard many good things about this forward thinking and most innovative of Wetherspoons pubs. As soon as you walk through the main doors you see on your right a large blackboard advertising future beer events for the coming months, various brewery themed weekends etc
The selection is impressive with 17 taps dedicated to local and national micro breweries. The turnover here is pretty rapid and the clientele range from locals to beer lovers from far and wide.
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