Visited with Muggins in his Rasputin phase. Handily located for Baker St, impressive if somewhat cavernous room and a fairly typical Spoons beer selection. You know you'll find something ok to drink, it's a nice room and it's fine. I happily drink here when in the area.
As a historical room, this is pretty magnificent - ceiling covered with heraldic thingummybobs; big square vaulted columns all over the place. It’s the sort of room you’d only expect to see at one of the larger stately homes after parting with much wonga to get in. As a pub, it’s less good - just a huge barn with loads of pillars to get in your way, meaning that it totally lacks atmosphere. Somehow it feels more like a canteen than a pub. And this lack of atmosphere seemed to have infiltrated everything else too - the beer selection was a little dull (and dominated by the "Coming Soon" brewery), the service was slightly slower & less friendly than your average Spoons (but still OK), the prices slightly higher than you expect from a Spoons (but still cheaper than any other pub around), and it felt a little grubby - uncleared tables and such like. If you’re at Baker Street, definitely go and see the decor, but only really worth staying if you need a quick, cheaper meal & a pint. Overall verdict: "Must try harder" - one of the less good Spoons I’ve visited.
Cavernous, dimly lit spoonies. Not the kind of atmosphere that makes you want to stay and have a session. At least the location right next to Baker St Station is convenient. There’s 10 cask options available plus about the same amount on keg. I’ve visited several times over the last couple of weeks and generally been impressed by the condition of the cask stuff. Prices are fine and the staff is well trained. Overall, this place is better than a kick in the teeth.
Huge single roomed Spoons, nice conversion and a bit of an oasis of beer in the Baker St area.
Beer range is variable but plenty usually on and can generally pick up something interesting.
Been here a few times, service isn’t good, the food has been poor and the place is a bit scruffy.
Other than necessity I wouldn’t bother at all. It’s just handy for Baker St.
Large JDW above Baker St Tube Station. Not a destination bar, but since it is very close to Madame Tussaud’s, The Planetarium, and the Sherlock Holmes Museum it is worth knowing about for anyone thirsty after visiting any of the above. It is usually busy. Even on a cold Tuesday evening at about 7.30 pm there were no free tables. Service usually reasonably quick in spite of queues at the bar. For those interested in the guest, as opposed to the JDW standard cask beers, head for the middle bank of 6 handpumps. Last night’s range included 3 from Twickenham brewery. Visited 27.1.15
Fin (1162) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 31, 2014
I visited this JDW on Thursday 30th October 2014. It’d been a couple of years or so since I’d laat ventured in here and I may be wrong bit it appears to have had a spruce up. It is a large sprawling place which if I could be bothered to explain I would, but sadly you catch me in a can’t be arsed to describe at length sort of mood. However there is one large bar that appears to run the length of the main bar area, it did appear very big, I for one could not be arsed to walk it’s entire length checking and double checking what was available, people have done shorter charity walks than that, if I’d have had a motobility scooter like much of the population of Skegness* (*unverified fact it that I believe Skeggy is the Motability scooter capital of the UK) then I may have trundled up and down the bar but I didn’t and so just plumped for a beer close by which sounded good and was good. A mixed bag of a clientel, after work crowd, commuters, all day drinkers and one or two lager swilling vocabularly challenged meatheads (I love people watching). My beer was great and hats off to JDW it was in excellent nick.
Large and grand Wetherspoons in the old Railway offices, showing how much fat was incorporated into the original Railway Companies. There are obviously a great number of tourists milling round due to its location and history, these are mixed in with the usual eclectic range of Wetherspoons customers. Service is tardy, one person trying to manage the whole rather lengthy bar, and don’t talk to me about the length of time it takes to serve coffee!. Sticky carpets and tables. You know what you are going to get.
Picturesque barn of a JDW. Three racks of handpumps with usually several guest ales on. Ale quality varies from OK to excellent, prices are high by JDW standards (currrently £3.10 a pint) but cheap for the area. Often busy due to the many tourist attractions around, and can feel crowded too as they pack the table in a bit tight.
With its gaudy neon sign outside you might be tempted to keep walking past this pub if you are looking for something traditional, however once inside the large grand room that this Wetherspoon is housed in is a fine opulently decorated room that would otherwise be closed to the public. The bar itself is set inside the building so is removed from the hustle and bustle that is Bakers Street station with a number of underground lines running through it (including the Metropolitan Line of course!). It’s location probably accounts for the fact that this is one of the most expensive pubs in this chain i have been to, although you are guaranteed the usual selection of rotating ales here.