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The Sir Michael Balcon (JD Wetherspoon), Ealing Broadway, W5

46 The Mall
W5 3TJ
Phone: 02087992850

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J D Wetherspoon

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Pub SignMan left this review about The Sir Michael Balcon (JD Wetherspoon)

This reasonably compact Wetherspoons pub has an unusual exterior thanks to an awning that wouldn’t look out of place above the entrance to a large shopping centre. This ample covering means those wishing to drink or smoke in the pavement seating area in front of the pub, can do so in relative comfort, whatever the weather. Inside, the pub is split into two narrow, but deep halves from front to back, thanks to a long partitioning wall that is suggestive of two former shop units being converted into a single pub. The front of the pub is fully dedicated to seating, with plenty of high tables and stools to the left and some comfier chairs and banquettes to the right. The walls are a mix of smart panels, dull wallpaper and neutral shades of paint, which although a little uninspiring, does at least give the place a proper pub-like feel, whilst large mirrors help give the impression of a larger overall area. The servery is in the rear part of the room, over to the left and has a dark wood counter and rather boring bar back which has been enlivened somewhat by a small mirror set in an overly elaborate frame. There’s very little in the way of seating here, with just a few tables in a small space beyond the bar, under an interesting painting of a scene from a cricket match which dominates this part of the pub. Instead, the remainder of the seating can be found to the rear right, on a raised platform crowded with tables and chairs under more wood panelling, mirrors and ‘Spoons information boards.
I noted three ‘Spoons regular ales on the bar alongside four guests, although all four of these were rather uninspired mainstream choices such as Ringwood Old Thumper and Sambrooks Wandle. I ended up with a pint of Hog’s Back TEA which was okay and served up by a barman who displayed the rare Wetherspoon trait of being both quick and friendly.
I found this place to be a very workaday branch of Wetherspoons with few defining characteristics and a pedestrian ale selection by the chain’s own standards. Plus points for good service and a few nice, comfy seating areas balance things up a bit but I’m not sure I’d make a special effort to tick this one off.

On 11th October 2019 - rating: 6
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Aqualung . left this review about The Sir Michael Balcon (JD Wetherspoon)

This is a relatively new (2008) Spoons and was probably the best of the three West London ones I visited today. It's not that large compared to some and has just eight pumps. I went for the Marston's Old Empire which was in good nick at £2.60.

This is GBG listed and is invading Fuller's territory head on. I did a tour of the Fuller's estate some twenty years ago and recall that their beer quality in some parts of West London was pretty poor. The nearby Red Lion was a notable exception.

To me the worst aspect of this pub are the toilets which are at the top of a ridiculously small staircase. I thought this sort of arrangement was something only found in older Spoons, but apparently not!

On 2nd May 2013 - rating: 7
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john gray left this review about The Sir Michael Balcon (JD Wetherspoon)

It,s a Wetherspoon pub. What can you say but it does seem to have better than average guest ales and always in good condition.

On 5th April 2013 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Sir Michael Balcon (JD Wetherspoon)

As Wetherspoons go, this is one of the better ones I would say, being smaller than most, and clean and tidy during my midweek mid-afternoon visit. There were six festival ales on during my visit, allowing me to sample a couple that had hitherto eluded me. In general, however, it was just like all other Wetherspoons in terms of food, furnishings and general decor. But I’m happy to go anywhere that provides such decent ale at such excellent prices and would have no hesitation in dropping in for another pint if I’m in the area again. I’m glad John McGraw posted the picture of the blue plaque, as I must confess to never having heard of Sir Michael Balcon before visiting this pub.

On 24th April 2010 - rating: 6
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Steve C left this review about The Sir Michael Balcon (JD Wetherspoons)

This place is smaller than the average Wetherspoons, but it has everything you'd expect from the large range of ale and standard lagers to the cheap food and pensioner crowd. There is some covered seating outside the pubs large glass frontage next to the main road.

On 22nd December 2008 - rating: 6
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john mcgraw left this review about The Sir Michael Balcon (JD Wetherspoon)

For a Wetherspoon's this is not a bad pub.Small single bar with a seperate dining area.Fair range of real ales and the usual Wethernosh.Plaque of Sir Michael Balcon which is on the wall of Ealing studios after whom the pub is named.

On 15th December 2008 - rating: 8
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