Fin (1174) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | June 3, 2017
I visited here Saturday 3rd June 2017. It’s a good sized JDW on A4220 (Kingsway), just 2 minutes walk from Holborn tube station on the Central line. It’s a long narrowing at the far end one room establishment that with windows all down one side, prevents it from being the usual JDW gloom fest. The usual JDW carpets but with a lot of nice floor tiling in central selection. The bar is on the left half way down the pub. I suspect that structurally this hasn’t been changed and therefore it’s has a nice almost elegant feel to it. Toilets on same level (unusually) at rear of pub.
A better than normal JDW beer selection with new (to me) Oakham and Windsor and Eton beers and one or two Twickenham offerings. I just had a cuppa though. Already a good few folk in here a large well dressed group presumably off to some event today. Liked it here. Toilets on the same level (unusually) at rear of pub.
Visited august 2015. Traditionel JDW, very busy when we were there. Nice clean, friendly staff. Lots of seating, burt alse made it a bit crowded and difficult to get around. Very friendly and welcoming atmosphere, beer range ok and served in fine condition.
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).
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.
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.
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.