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Angel Vaults Inn (JD Wetherspoon)

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Sun Street
Hitchin
SG5 1AE
Phone: 01462438633
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J D Wetherspoon

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Aqualung . left this review about Angel Vaults Inn (JD Wetherspoon)

New JDW opened Tuesday 10th March.

Thie had been open for 10 days on my Friday afternoon visit and was busier than I expected it to be. It has a rather off-putting layout rather similar to their new outlet in Hoddesdon. As you enter from the street door there are rooms set out for dining on either side with no sign at all of a bar.
There is a small shallow stairway at the end of the left room that leads down to the bar area which has a blue and white laminate flooring and just tall tables although there is a smaller area to the right before the garden that has some lower tables and chairs. The kitchen is beyond the bar area. I would have thought the narrow stairway linking the bar and kitchen to the front area would create a bottleneck with staff and customers moving between the bar and the front rooms but I saw no evidence of this happening.
The bar must have had up to six staff doing one thing or another but I still had to wait an unacceptable time to get served. As mentioned below the two GK beers and Doom Bore are doubled up but I thought there were two banks of SIX hand pumps. I was running late and it was busy but picture 6 on the Spoons website shows the left bank with six pumps. I noted five festival beers and I think the other may have been a cider. There are also five "Craft" keg taps with the standard Brewdog Lager and Banks's Devil's Backbone IPA plus three others one of which was an Erdinger brew.
I went for the Wychwood Lighthouse Shipwreck IPA which was in good condition. This leads to the only thing that really impressed me about this place and that was the fact that this 6.5% beer cost just £1.85. The festival beers this time are set at a lower price than the normal Standard guest but this really took me aback, I had £2.50 in my hand wondering if it would be enough!
I'm not sure about the odd layout here and the chaos behind the bar but the beer price went some way in compensating for that.

On 22nd March 2015 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Angel Vaults Inn (JD Wetherspoon)

A very fine Georgian exterior,this was formerly the Conservative Association but little mention is made of the former political leaning.The 'spoons conversion team have made the original building into a comfortable seating area with high backed seating booths and generous sized tables,but it still feels very corporate.However there are some nooks,crannies and original fireplaces giving an upmarket feel to this part of the pub.A wide corridor leads to a lower modern extension which houses the bar and kitchen ,and a more lively drinking area.French doors leads to a paved beer garden.It's worth a trip to the loos to ascend a good looking staircase.If you are looking to park your breakfast you must use the gents to the left,the one to the right is urinal only.
Having just opened,the novelty factor brought in a good crowd and free tables were at a premium on a lunchtime visit,with most folk eating from the standard menu.At the bar there were two ranks of 5 handpumps but I was surprised to see both Doom Bar and Abbott doubled up,leaving just three guests to choose from the festival ale menu.My Batemans Lincolnshire Red wasn't is very good condition.
Maybe the place needs to bed in,but I was disappointed by the ale line up,maybe food will always dominate given 'spoons very cheap pricing compared with eateries near by,in what is a pretty well to do town.
Judging by my visit the other serious real ale pubs in town have little to worry about,and the internal refurb doesn't quite live up to the attractive exterior.

On 13th March 2015 - rating: 7
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12th Aug 2015, 16:11
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12th Aug 2015, 16:11
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 10 March 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 10 March 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 13 March 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 13 March 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 13 March 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : No last updated 21 March 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 10 March 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Darts : No last updated 21 March 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 10 March 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 10 March 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 10 March 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 10 March 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : No last updated 10 March 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 21 March 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Micropub : No last updated 21 March 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : No last updated 10 March 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 10 March 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 21 March 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 March 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 21 March 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 21 March 2015 by Aqualung .
  • WiFi : Yes - The Cloud,registration necessary - last updated 13 March 2015 by Bucking Fastard
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