Architecturally stylish converted bank/Lloyds overlooking the council house. Generally beer-less although Ruddles, Coming Soon and Byatt’s are semi-permanent. Upstairs recommended. A stepping stone en route to Whitefriars.
AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 9/20
Long and narrow Lloyds version of a Wetherspoons a little away from the shops towards the commercial area. Really slow to get served at most times with many beers having coming soon tags. Handy to move on to the Whitefriars.
AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 13/20
A Lloyds Bar marketed pub in the Wetherspoon chain, however it is not a typical one. There’s hardly room to swing a cat let alone have a swinging time in this one, it does look more like a normal pub in the regular style of this chain. Situated entirely in one corner meeting room of a grand building in the city centre it is comfortably decorated with soft furnishings, however the ground floor space alone would have made this too small for its purpose, therefore a second level exists within the same room thus making it a very intimate and densely packed pub. The Lloyds Bar name might account for the fact that the University area begins across the road from it, but on the other side the commercial centre begins so this is an extremely popular place to drink, expect to stand. A row of ale pumps are available.