Large and busy JDW (situated opposite my office but rarely venture in but today it was raining!). About 12 cask pumps though toward half were ’available soon’. Similar number of keg beers and an ok selection of bottles/cans probably more than the average JDW. Getting served a bit of an issue but just because it’s so busy. Downstairs cellar bar less busy. Prices below London usual. It’s ok.
This is a large Wetherspoons right on High Holborn within the legal area of London town. Quite often we will start a tour of London pubs from here as it is handy for buses and often seems to be fairly quiet on a midweek lunchtime for some reason. Plenty of cask beers to choose from despite quite a few of the sticks not being used. There always seems to be a subdued atmosphere in here, not sure why. Barn like upstairs with plentiful seating, the cellar bar, when in use, gives a little more atmosphere. A good launching spot for a day out.
Fin (1176) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 18, 2016
We popped in here on Thursday 17th March 2016, we being me, dad and Barry. I have been here before with Loz but not for some time. It is located on High Holborn and is walkable from Craft Clerkenwell, it’ll take you about 8-10 mins max ’. It is a very large pub with a good sized cellar bar. It is difficult to describe the layout as both ground floor and cellar bar were absolutely heaving tonight, mostly with St Patricks Day revellers complete with daft hats. There is a substantial area for seating at the front the bar appears further back with more seating around this area and further back. Plenty of taps, plenty of choice, there appeared to be a selection of Irish beers on tap in the cellar bar. We left as it was just far too busy.
A fairly standard Spoons kitted out in the regulation wood, carpet and ranks of tables style. There’s a second bar downstairs that I think may be open only at busier times. I’m not sure there are different beers on offer down there. They have 12 handpumps upstairs with a few being the Spoons standards. I’ve generally only visited during festivals and I’ve found this one of the better central London Spoons for playing festival bingo. Coupled with the Shakespeares Head branch a short walk away you can often bag a good haul of festival beers in quick time. Worth a look at non-festival times too though.
Visited august 2014, on a beery trip around Holborn area. Traditionel JDW pub, cosy deco, friendly and serviceminded staff. Good beer range, served in good condition. A very quiet pub, family friendly, and for sure worth a stop being in the area.
A bright and cheerful ‘spoons on Holborn. There’s a column at the front with leafy fronds creeping up to the ceiling - presumably a representation of the eponymous oak tree (where Charles II hid from the Roundheads during the English Civil War). There are about twelve casks and when we visited on the last day of the spring festival there was a reasonable range left.
(Visited 29 March 2015).
Ground floor and a lower level bar help to keep the waiting down. Basic Wetherspoons really, usual high and low points with good prices and selection of beers, never enough staff, etc, etc. Used it a few times over the last few years and although it is not really a place I seek out when in London I am happy enough to pop in and see what’s on cask if I am passing by.