Shakespeares Head (JDW) | Holborn, Greater London
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Shakespeares Head (JDW)
Above Average based on 10 ratings
Type: Bar

Africa House, 64-68 Kingsway, Holborn
Holborn, Greater London England WC2B 6BG [ print map ]
020 7404 8846 | facebook | twitter

Hours: 07:00-00:00 Mon-Thu, 07:00-01:00 Fri, 08:00-01:00 Sat, 08:00-00:00 Sun

Mayor: Boudicca (2) | Taps: 12 |

Shakespeares Head (JDW)

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Beer Available At Shakespeares Head (JDW) (arranged by most recent)
Dorset Jurassic Dark 61, Shepherd Neame Red Sails Cherry Porter 49, Adnams Jack Brand Mosaic Pale Ale 68, Hilden Nansen Street 43, Twickenham Tusk 53, Hawkshead Jester 66, Shepherd Neame Boadicea IPA 43, Sixpoint The Crisp Pilsner 55
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10 reviews for Shakespeares Head (JDW)
 Ambiance  52%
 Service  52%
 Selection  57%
 Food  53%
 Value  71%
 Overall  57%
 Rating  62%
Rating Distribution

rlgk  (503) Göteborg, Sweden | August 16, 2015
Decent Wetherspoon-pub close to Holborn station. Quite a big place that was kinda crowded on a late Monday afternoon. Found a few new beers and might return when in the area.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 11/20
Boudicca  (1035) London, England | April 10, 2015
A reasonable Wetherspoon pub just down from Holborn tube station. On the last day of the spring festival there weren’t too many of the festival casks still on but the choice of kegs was OK. A nice touch is a set of four barrels behind the bar - actually kegs containing fairly standard stuff (Brooklyn, Shipyard Pale Ale, Sam Adams Boston Lager plus, more interestingly, a Twickenham IPA). (Visited 29 March 2015).
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois  (870) Tourist Town (West), England | December 30, 2013
Visited here early evening on 30/12/13 due to the fact CBC had only 1 cask beer on and the Holborn Whippet was closed ! An A-typical days trading I would imagine, in the heart of the holiday period, and I found the place awash with tourists and shoppers although I’d imagine theres a fair spattering of these on an average day. Leave Holborn tube (Piccadilly and Central) and turn left, the Shakesperes Head is 100 yards on the same side of Kingsway as the station. Decor is typical Spoonerium with natural light only at the front, high and low seating, Spoons TM patterned carpet and a longish bar to the far left hand side as you enter. Service here was very good indeed - top draw as Spoons go. The older bar keep (as opposed to the blinkered children who JDW employ that never bother to look and see who’s next to be served) actually asked what I wanted as he was finishing topping the Guinness of the previous order - fair play! Range is not too shabby for a Spoons, and has certainly improved (as I guess most Spoons have in central London) since my last visit some 6 or 7 years ago. Approx 6 or 7 choices above and beyond the house cask beers such as Shabbot and Shuddles. A local offering from Portobello was supplemented with Xmas beers from Growler, Caledonian (yeah - I know but a rates a fucking rate!) and O’Hanlons, other guests from Celt and Adnams featured. No go to destination but another Spoons that has upped its game and you’ll likely grab a new rate in here so if you’re using Holborn tube well worth sticking your head inside.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 9/20
b727trijet  (404) Isleworth, England | November 22, 2013
A large busy Wetherspoons. Dark and dingy. Beer choice and quality not as good as others of this chain. Can take ages to get served. Handy for a quick half if you need the loo!
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer  (1597) Hebden Bridge, England | July 1, 2013
Large familiar looking Wetherspoon pub with its mix of darker wood and furnishings and furniture and a mix of soft furnishings. The bar is long and despite covering a significant area of the ground floor you often have to push your way through standing room only at peak times, however if you want food you’ll have to find a table to sit at! Has a fair selection of ales.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
HampshirePhil  (36) Portsmouth/London, England | June 27, 2013
It’s a large Wetherspoon near Holborn Station. Twelve cask ales normally on tap, though as its quite busy sometimes you’ll be on your third choice before you’ll get a drink. Service is somewhat average.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 11/20
chriso  (507) London, England | August 30, 2012| Updated September 3, 2015
Large Wetherspoons pub with a slightly more pubby feel than some. You’ll generally find a scoop or two here, although probably not as reliable in that respect as the Penderel’s Oak around the corner. And not as interesting a building as the Knights Templar a bit further down the road. The three are, however, quite handy for knocking out a good few beers in close proximity when there’s a Spoons festival on. Like many Wetherspoons they sometimes seem to have trouble with matching staff numbers to customer numbers so service can be spotty. And, in common with all Spoons, prices are good. Doesn’t really merit a special visit but worth a look if you are in the area.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton  (793) London, England | May 29, 2012
A big JDW in central London. Twelve casks on offer, nothing super interesting on my visit. Staff, from bottom to top, is comprised of major bean-counters; they gave me a bit of grief with regards to my CAMRA JDW vouchers. Good location so it’s easy to pop into, and they probably usually have a least one new beer for the tickers out there.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 2/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76  (174) , England | April 1, 2012
A long Spoons is this one. Relatively narrow - but long. Nontheless spacious inside. Service was slow even by Spoons standards (for Chrissake get more people behind the bar!). Beers were a mixture - some in good knick, others not so much. Hard to tell if it was poor cellaring or poor brewing. Not a terrible place but won’t be coming out of my way to go here.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking  (92) Brentford, England | November 18, 2011
Decent enough Wetherspoons just along from Holborn station. Usually has 4-6 guest real ales, plus regulars (inc cider) and the usual good value ’Spoons food menu. Can get very busy and noisy at peak hours.

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