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Submitted on Sunday, 25th March 2018
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The Golden Hope (JD Wetherspoon) in Sittingbourne

This is a rather unusual Wetherspoon's. Apparently, it used to be a courthouse. It still has several different rooms, in addition to some old cells. It reminded me of the Bridewell in Liverpool. Toilets are up a spiral staircase with stone walls, reminiscent of a castle turret.

The pub was busy and we had watched with amusement at some of the goings on from the safety of Donna's Ale House across the road.

We managed to enter without having to queue and seemingly without the difficulties other people were having. After ordering (the choice was Greene King Abbot, Ruddles Best, Sharp's Doom Bar, Shepherd Neame Spitfire, Exmoor Gold, Brain's SA & Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon), the cause of the difficulties became apparent.

As we were exiting the bar, a woman strode through shouting track and trace at the bar staff. Her approach to everything seemed to be a touch too officious and was not something I'd witnessed in a Wetherspoon's before, even since pubs have re-opened. In my experience, most 'spoon's have been fairly relaxed, which is how I prefer a pub to be.

The approach here did at least provide some amusement. But before preaching about Covid-19 precautions, please at least consider practicing good cleaning. Lipstick on glasses is not really acceptable in this day and age.
Reviewed by Blue Scrumpy

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The Duke of Wellington was another Norwich pub that I decided to give another try, having last been here over 10 years ago and rating it as decidedly average. However, I was really impressed this time around.

There's a blackboard listing the full selection near the entrance and the bar area has now been split to create one point where you order and another where you collect your drinks. The barmaid was friendly and showed us the trapdoor which leads to an air raid shelter at the rear. Beyond that are the toilets and an outdoor area.

7 of the real ales were from Wolf - Edith Cavell, Moonlight, Golden Jackal, Battle of Britain, Lupus Lupus, Wolf Ale & Wolf In Sheep's Clothing. Oakham Bishop's Farewell is another regular ale. They also had Citra. 3 other guests were Dark Star Hophead, Nene Valley Manhattan Project & Three Blind Mice Milk Worm. In addition, there were 4 ciders - Broadoak Moonshine & Moonshine Rum & Raisin, Abrahall's Slack Alice & Colcombe House The Rhooberry.

Possibly the best pub we visited in Norwich yesterday.
by Blue Scrumpy at 15:09 on 18 September
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