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Beer Available At Crosse Keys (JDW) (arranged by most recent)
WharfeBank Othelia Gold 24, Acorn Sovereign IPA 43, Growler IPA Ian & Paulís Ale 31, Growler Priory Mild (prev Nethergate) 46, Nethergate Suffolk County (Cask) 43, Nethergate Stour Valley Gold , Nethergate Augustinian (UK version) 44, Nethergate Bigwigís Brew , Everards / Townshends JCIPA 53, Otter Otters Progress 61, Banksís Archer 31, RCH Boadicea 47, Wychwood / Lighthouse Shipwreck IPA 39, Batemans / Shongweni Durban Pale 40, Shepherd Neame / Cerveceria Fort English Style IPA 66, Salopian Indigenous 73, B&T Bedfordshire Clanger 39, Lancaster Albion Connection 49, Wolf Lazy Dog 46, Phoenix Play it Again Sam 48
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Boudicca (900) London, England | April 10, 2015
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
A Wetherspoon pub with the wow factor. The building (possibly an old bank?) is terrific with its large open space, marble columns and impressive cupolas. The bar is oval and when we visited it was topped with an atmospheric display depicting the Jura distillery with the Paps of Jura behind and stormy seas all around. Thereís also a fixed tableau of a rustic bourbon shack high up on a ledge. To top it all, the beer list was excellent - 25 or so beers on tap all listed on television screens over the bar - and the service was clued up and helpful. It must rank amongst the best Ďspoons and is definitely worth a visit but beware that it can get very busy around lunchtime.
(Visited 26 March 2015).
Theydon_Bois (851) Tourist Town (West), England | March 30, 2015
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Large Spoons in the City, presumably an old bank or the likes, visited on Friday 27/03/15 around 4.20pm during the Spring BF.
The pub itself is certainly one of the chains more aesthetically pleasing examples, tall ceilings, large single room with a couple of annexes and a large circular bar towards the rear centre that exudes character.
A great place to come for the fest beers, they had about 22 on during my visit and these are listed on a beer menu laid out around the bar, you simply order buy number (but if there was one complaint they had their own numbering system 1-22, would have been better if these actually tied into the festival numbers!).
On my arrival the place was busy but not packed, the 3 members of staff were working hard and I got my beers within 2 or 3 minutes.
However when I returned to the bar at about 4.35/40 pm the place was swamped, I waited 5 minutes and there were still 5 or 6 people in front of me and the same 3 members of staff were attempting to run a bar that was beginning to become overwhelmed by thirsty city types. Severely understaffed so I gave up and left. Sure - itís Friday in the City but they simply didnít have half the staff required to deal with this!
Iíd definately head back here but it would be a weekend or non evening visit. £3.35 a pint for anyone who may be shocked at London prices.
ThirstyBird (35) DŁsseldorf, Germany | March 19, 2015
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
An interesting pub with a hug cavernous space. The bar itself feels a bit small in the space. It is filled marble, wood, big windows and lots of carpeting.
I was here for a Wetherspoons festival. The service was barely adequate, the beer was OK but not great. The selection on the other hand was quite good.
Fin (705) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 15, 2015
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 15/20
We (me, dad and Barry) visited here on Friday 13th March 2015, we were heading to Rotterdam on the Eurostar and Thayls via Brussels. I had been here before maybe 3-4 years back, in fact we met Ian in here, so I was familiar with this place. Itís a beautiful old banking building, high ceilings, marble pillars and the sort of lavish design touches you donít see so much today. It is a very large pub with the large bar set back just a bit to the rear of centre, I think that it is also an island bar. Beer choice must have run to twenty beers, though we just had a breakfast and a cuppa. This must be the flagship pub of the JDW empire, I love it, if you ignore the JDW paraphernalia, fruit machines and other pap which thankfully are not to overdone here then you might not even realise you are in a Wetherspoons. Great pub and my Eggs Benedict and tea was very good and at £4.49 an absolute bargain!
The_Osprey (134) Richmond, England | October 30, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
High ceilinged former bank, big focus on the bar as you walk in. Everything here is about quantity - lots of staff, lots of punters, there must be 20 cask ales onÖ! Like or loathe Wetherspoons, you canít argue with that. Despite the size, the pub doesnít lose atmosphere.
chrisv10 (111) , Denmark | October 9, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Big and busy place. Big varied selection. Ok service. Ok prices. Beer not in very good condition.
imdownthepub (572) Banbury, England | August 1, 2013
56 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
A massive Wetherspoons in the old Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank building in The City area. Marble and gilding still show the past prosperity that were the basis for banking in this area. This is somewhat ruined by the usual Wetherspoons advertising hanging off every surface. Raucous on a Friday evening when the local office boys have spent all afternoon boozing on bubbly. There is a big island bar that is monstrously out of place. Great and tatty all at the same time.
Rasmus40 (216) Beder, Aarhus, Denmark | April 28, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 13/20
Big and somewhat noisy place with marble all around. Polite and efficient service. Big selection, but several casks were not good. Whether itís because of the handling or it was poor from the start I canít tell, but I blaim the pub. A bit expensive. Poor food including burned toast.
ManVsBeer (1501) Hebden Bridge, England | March 19, 2013| Updated March 13, 2015
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
Situated in a fantastic grand hall with marble pillars and walls throughout this is a beautiful place to eat or drink. At there back there is also a marble balcony overlooking proceedings but sadly itís often blocked by a staff only sign. The bar is central to proceedings with a whopping four rows of real ales situated around its oval shape. Itís rare to see them all full or even half full though, but it still offers a good choice. Itís more expensive than usual being situated in the heart of Londonís financial district. The carpet incorporates the crosse keys logo.
Rune (464) TromsÝ, Norway | November 16, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
JDWs flagship in London, located in a former palatial bank building in the City. Five sets with mostly five hand pumps in each of them. Every thing is really big here, even the toilet room. Nothing to complain about when it comes to Wetherspoons traditional English breakfast. Good for watching football on wide screen, but close during the weekends. Well worth visiting especially when the JDWs seasonal real ale festivals are on. Even though we so far had sampled 34 festival ales (of 50), we found six more here (visited 05.11.2012).
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