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Montgomery's Tower (Lloyds No 1)

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Lower Claremont bank
Shrewsbury
SY1 1RT
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Quinno _ left this review about Montgomery's Tower (Lloyds No 1)

Very modern Spoons which at first glance looks like Gordon Britass's workplace, in what felt like a slightly out of the way location compared to the usual. As mentioned in the all-encompassing review below, this is the site of a former nightclub which has been used rather effectively inside to create two completely different bar areas; the right is dark with two plush raised ends and the (in my opinion) much nicer area is to the right which takes advantage of the vast plate glass windows to have a light and airy feel. Though the seating and general arrangements are the usual Spoons-by-numbers so don’t get overly excited. A decent set of ales on – my first choice of a US collaborative ale was probably end of barrel but still tasted fine. My companions Salopian Gold was top-notch. Unprompted tasters were offered by the friendly tattooed barmaid. In a nod to its branding as a Lloyds No1, music was playing which I have to admit finding a little disconcerting in a JDW! So an above average Wetherspoon and on this evidence a much better choice than the Shrewsbury Hotel.

On 25th April 2014 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about Montgomery's Tower (Lloyds No 1)

This spacious Lloyd’s Bar, which opened back in 2008 in a former bar/nightclub, has a two bar layout which, rather unusually for a Wetherspoons, provides two very different drinking areas. As you enter through the main front doors, you find yourself in a bit of a no man’s land, with bars just about visible to left and right. The left hand side of the pub has large windows along the front and back walls, making it very light in the daytime and as such, this side was by far the most popular on my Sunday afternoon visit. Fabric tub chairs and sofas are arranged across a split level space which uses some large book cases as partitioning, in order to effectively break up what is otherwise a large open space. A rear door here leads out to a small patio area. The right hand side of the pub was, by contrast, very dark thanks to minimal windows and a mix of dark paintwork and wallpaper throughout. The servery is on the rear wall and has a small raised platform to the left of it with a few seats in a rather pleasant little corner. Opposite the bar there are high tables and stools which make way for a lot of tub chairs and sofas, whilst standard tables and chairs fill up the front section of the room, creating a good mix of seating options as you might expect. There is a DJ booth at one end of the room, which suggests this side of the pub gets a bit livelier in the evenings, whilst music played in the background over some muted TV screens showing rolling news coverage.
I lost count of the number of hand pumps between the two bars, but there were at least five or six guest ales available from the recent ‘Spoons festival. I tried the American Amber from one of the guest overseas brewers and thought it was in good shape.
This is a good example of a Lloyd’s Bar and although there’s not much of interest beyond the beer, it was at least nice and tidy and a comfortable spot to relax over a pint. With so many excellent pubs around Shrewsbury, I’m not sure this merits more than a passing visit, but at least I got as far as ordering a pint here, which is more than can be said for the woeful other Wetherspoons just down the road.

On 18th May 2013 - rating: 7
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ROB Camra left this review about Montgomery's Tower (Lloyds No 1)

Still a decent JDW. We had breakfast here both days we were in Shrewsbury and it was served by quick and efficient staff. Called in for a beer on Wednesday night and there was a good selection of the JDW Festival beers on the bar and the two I had were in good nick. Tried to call in on Thursday but there was a massive queue of kids waiting to get in. So it's well worth a vist during the day or midweek, but I wouldn't bother on a weekend night (starting Thursday).

31/05/2009
Very smart Lloyds No 1 bar, lots of comfy seating and alcoves. Has two bars, with several handpumps on each, although both bars had the same beers. I tried a pint of Shropshire Lad which was a little hazy, by the end of the pint (when it was too late to take it back) the slightly off taste was getting worse so I left some of it (bit of a first there). Nice enough pub, but the beer quality was definitely questionable. I'll give it another chance in a week or two.

On 3rd May 2013 - rating: 7
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 28 August 2013 by Oggwyn Great
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 28 August 2013 by Oggwyn Great
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 28 August 2013 by Oggwyn Great
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 11 August 2013 by Alan Hurdle
  • CAMRA Discount : No - JDW vouchers only - last updated 19 June 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 28 August 2013 by Oggwyn Great
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 28 August 2013 by Oggwyn Great
  • Darts : No last updated 28 August 2013 by Oggwyn Great
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 26 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 11 August 2013 by Alan Hurdle
  • Jukebox : No last updated 28 August 2013 by Oggwyn Great
  • Karaoke : No last updated 28 August 2013 by Oggwyn Great
  • Live Music : No last updated 28 August 2013 by Oggwyn Great
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 28 August 2013 by Oggwyn Great
  • Pinball : No last updated 28 August 2013 by Oggwyn Great
  • Pool Table : No last updated 28 August 2013 by Oggwyn Great
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 28 August 2013 by Oggwyn Great
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 26 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 26 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 26 April 2014 by Quinno _

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