This is a huge Spoons in the centre of Cambridge, handy for bus drop offs and a good place to cut through to the Cam from. Obviously one of their ex cinema conversions it retains many of the features of the previous incarnation. Barn like, busy with breakfasts, a few decent cask beers along with the more widely available stuff. It’s a city centre Spoons.
Big Spoons in an old cinema on the main drag into the city centre coming from the station. You know the rest. As I tend to head towards Mill Road from the station, rather than coming in this way, I rarely visit. Have found it handy for a cheapo breakfast before starting a Cambridge session if I’m arriving at the right time. Beer range is up to Spoons standard.
Everyone in Cambridge seems to drink here; especially the barflys. Wider selection of real ales and macro taps than most, and it’s hard to beat their prices. Service is a wild card, but plenty of value and host to a number of CAMRA events, so it’s worth checking out if you’re near the shops or taking in a show at Picturehouse.
Big, fairly opulent Wetherspoons in the city centre. This used to be the old picture house, which explains the size and decor. Despite its inherent beauty, it’s still kitted out in typical JDW fashion. Staff can be anywhere from openly surly to simply lovely. Beer selection can be disappointing, and it’s more expensive than a JDW’s should be. But this is Cambridge. There are far, far better pubs in the city, but whether you’re a townie, commuter, student or tourist, chances are you’ll end up eschewing better places for the Regal’s location.
Large cinema conversion Wetherspoon over two levels with plenty of seats and tables in an open plan environment. The ground floor bar serves ales over two rows but the smaller upstairs bar holds little interest those hunting craft. The decor and style are traditional and very familiar for Wetherspoon pubs but no less comfortable for it. At the rear of the building is a patio area also on two levels.
Wetherspoon selection, Greene King and Adnams beers. My choice was Banks & Taylor Mad Hatter 4,2% (2010).
Cuso (241) Bratislava, Slovak Republic | April 25, 2012
Quite good selection of ales, staff was quite quick. Upstairs area is nice. Anyway if I didn’t stay in hotel near Regal, I wouldn’t visit this pub. Too crowded for me.
Fin (1184) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 16, 2012| Updated January 20, 2017
Have visited here frequently most recently 27th January 2017. Like many JDWs I tend to use them for a breakfast stop off, occasionally I’ll have a beer if I have arrived later in the day but it’s mostly brekkie for me and for value for money and pretty decent quality the breakfast range is second to none.
*prev review from 2012 Like many JDW’s this suffers from poor lighting and a distinct lack of natural light, this is one of my greatest criticisms of a JDW pub. The beer selection is usually pretty good in here and there is often a smattering of locally sourced beers. Food service was very swift on my last visit and beer well kept. This is a very large JDW and one that is easy to find from the centre of town.