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The Paper Moon (JD Wetherspoon), Dartford

55 High Street

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john mcgraw left this review about The Paper Moon (JD Wetherspoon)

This is the other JD in Dartford. I don't know which one is worse but again there was a poor offer of guest beers and no real cider. Dartford will not be a future venue for me.

On 21st January 2015 - rating: 4
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Aqualung . left this review about The Paper Moon (JD Wetherspoon)

Visit 08/08/2014

Unlike my first visit this place shone today. There were one or two Available soon but the Welton's Horsham Pale was a refreshing thirst quencher, the Westerham Tripel Jump a decent Belgian style wheat beer and the House beer Kent Boss' brew was a first class strong golden beer. Score increased to 8.

Visit 09/08/2013

The address for this place is a bit misleading as one would assume it to be in the pedestrianised High Street but just when you think you've missed it, it appears on a corner opposite the end of the said area.

It's light and airy inside and there are nine handpumps. I have to say, I completely missed seeing the dartboard in here.

There were three Locale beers on, two from WJ King (Horsham? Locale????) and one from a Kent brewer which I didn't manage to note down. There were no "uninvited" guests.

I had a pint of WJ King's Mallard which was OK, but had a slight haze, a bit disappointing for a GBG listed pub. It was £2.30, a good price for someone as tight as a duck's .., sorry, let's not go there.

On 10th August 2014 - rating: 8
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Malden man left this review about The Paper Moon (JD Wetherspoon)

Not a bad version of the brand in my experience, the place actually feels like a pub rather than some conversion, even though it apparently is of a former bank. The central bar, leading to areas either side is not the standard 'spoons formula, and I really can't recall the last time I saw a dartboard in a JDW. A corner site, the large arched windows with blue coloured inserts let in plenty of natural light, again not the general JDW standard. Saturday afternoon had a sort of mini Christmas Ales festival on the go, four themed guests, the beer was decent if a bit cold. A word of advice, it is one hell of a long climb up to the toilets, overall not a bad spot though.

On 5th December 2011 - rating: 6
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Roger Button left this review about The Paper Moon (JD Wetherspoon)

Since Wetherspoons second venture, the elegant and expensively refurbished Flying Boat, opened down the road, it would have been easy to assume that the Paper Moon would be firmly relegated to Dartford’s No 2 ‘Spoons (a disparaging title if ever there was one) however far from falling off the radar, it has actually become a far better pub in its own right. A minor refurbishment has given it a fresher feel even if it does still have that unmistakable ‘Spoons stamp of uniformity about it. Despite being a former Bank, it doesn’t have any of the opulent touches normally prevalent in such buildings and there is little to make it stand out although one interesting fact about the place is that it was designed by Sir Edward Maufe who also built Guildford Cathedral.

The pub is a big supporter of local brewers and regularly stocks ales from the likes of Westerham, Nelson, Whitstable and Hopdaeman. A recent tie-up with the local Nelson Brewery in Chatham has led to an Ale (Flying Moon 4.8%) being exclusively brewed for the 2 ‘Spoons in town. There have recently been meet the brewer sessions, brewery visits and organised pub crawls as well as a popular quiz on Monday’s alongside the usual ‘Spoons promotions.

The customer base doesn’t seem as unappealing as it has been in the past although there are still a few annoying people to be found at certain times (this is, after all, a Wetherspoons so it goes with the territory). Service is generally quite good although they can get too involved in their own conversations instead of serving but they are friendly and chatty once you have their attention. On the whole the pub is a more than above average Wetherspoons although it would probably only be the regulars that would really notice.

On 6th March 2010 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Paper Moon (JD Wetherspoon)

One of the more pub-like 'spoons (if you see what I mean), with a fairly traditional interior layout rather the wide opne spaces of many town-centre conversions. Decent selection of real ale festival beers at a very reasonable £1.69. Plenty of staff about, but they all seemed to be engaged in things other than serving customers which was very annoying.

On 11th November 2009 - rating: 6
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