Big 'spoons, with plenty of seating around a central feature bar. Always busy but generally service is good. Up to 21 ales plus a reasonable selection of bottles. Good vibe to place. One of the better JDW's I've visited.
Never been sure why this place has such a good rep - but that may be because they sold out of the beers I wanted by the time I got there! However I also find it a bit soulless and depressing. Yes. it’s cavernous but compared to some other Spoons they don’t make the most of it. A place to drop in to if I am passing.
Never realised I had not rated this place. Old work local on early shifts, remember a pint with breakfast at 10:30 in the morning on (lunch break) - place has not changed that much on more recent visit. Building was a massive old Banking Hall with high ceilings, and retains allot of the old character, loads of tables and spacious around the bar. Good large selection of taps available, pretty quick service even when busy, although ambience suffers somewhat in the busier times. Well worth stopping over, especially when the spoons fests are on to score a few scoops.
Visited the 27th May 2016 - visited on a Friday evening... Wow very huge and crowded place. Very impressive place. Noisy with a huge screen, central bar. Standard selection for a JDW. Service ok. Place must be visited to see the decoration and feel atmosphere. Amazing architecture.
The front of this huge pub is a bit barn-like, but head deeper in and there’s cosier corners - with the added benefit of being closer to the bar, with its excellent range of excellently kept cask beer. Great value for the area too, and the service is usually good, although it obviously gets very busy at times.
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. There’s 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 ‘spoons and is definitely worth a visit but beware that it can get very busy around lunchtime.
(Visited 26 March 2015).