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).
Large Spoons in the City, presumably an old bank or the likes, visited on Friday 27/03/15 around 4.20pm during the Spring BF.
The pub itself is certainly one of the chains more aesthetically pleasing examples, tall ceilings, large single room with a couple of annexes and a large circular bar towards the rear centre that exudes character.
A great place to come for the fest beers, they had about 22 on during my visit and these are listed on a beer menu laid out around the bar, you simply order buy number (but if there was one complaint they had their own numbering system 1-22, would have been better if these actually tied into the festival numbers!).
On my arrival the place was busy but not packed, the 3 members of staff were working hard and I got my beers within 2 or 3 minutes.
However when I returned to the bar at about 4.35/40 pm the place was swamped, I waited 5 minutes and there were still 5 or 6 people in front of me and the same 3 members of staff were attempting to run a bar that was beginning to become overwhelmed by thirsty city types. Severely understaffed so I gave up and left. Sure - it’s Friday in the City but they simply didn’t have half the staff required to deal with this!
I’d definately head back here but it would be a weekend or non evening visit. £3.35 a pint for anyone who may be shocked at London prices.