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The George (JD Wetherspoon), Staines Town, Staines Upon Thames

8 High Street
Staines Upon Thames
TW18 4EE

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Bucking Fastard left this review about The George (JD Wetherspoon)

A standard shop conversion 'spoons,but thankfully airconditioned on a sweaty night,it quite large inside,and there is a seperate bar upstairs with another seating area but completely unused on my Tuesday evening visit.Downstairs it's identikit ,you could be anywhere in the country.
There are two banks of five handpumps offering Twickenham Grandstand (fine),Dorking Buffalo Buffalo (Poor but maybe a brewer who got it wrong),Doom Bar,GK IPA & Abbott and strangely four real ciders,maybe it was a 'spoons cider festival ?
Food came quickly but was fine .
I cant enthuse about the place,it's in the GBG without hitting the heights.Remember this is Staines,so be thankful for small mercies.

On 21st July 2016 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about The George (JD Wetherspoon)

Almost certainly a shop conversion 'spoons on two levels, stairs curve upwards near the front. Entrances front and back so more natural light than in some of this type, booth seating available on each floor as well as the usual crammed in tables. Upstairs there are potted biographies of former locals Christine Keeler, Danny Blanchflower and Alan Ayckbourne. Service was prompt and friendly from the young Eastern European barmaid, there were a couple of international craft collaboration beers on but I opted for the Bingham's Space Hoppy, good value at £2.35 for a fuller strength brew.
Tennis showing on TV, I'd have preferred the Ashes but don't think they do Sky.
Functional but satisfactory and after the disaster that was The Two Rivers, thank you.

On 10th July 2015 - rating: 6
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Aqualung . left this review about The George (JD Wetherspoon)

So when did dull old Staines suddenly acquire the grandiose and pretentious title of Staines Upon Thames? The "Upon Thames" addition is there to make the place name unique from others with the same name (Kingston, Richmond and Henley being good examples) rather than a futile attempt to raise the profile of what will always be a very boring provincial town. I don't know any other places called Staines that might cause confusion.

The George is situated right at the end of the pedestrian High Street and is a fairly typical town centre Spoons. It's GBG listed so I expected a great selection of beers from the twelve pumps, but ended with disappointment. There were five pumps devoted to cider (3 Marcle Hill and 2 Old Rosie) then the 2 GK beers and the extremely boring Courage Best. This left Wychwood Bountiful as an uninvited guest plus three Locale beers from Sussex(!). These were WJ King Brighton Best, Welton's Persian Princess and Hammerpot Red Hunter. I went for the Brighton Best (2.29) which wasn't that great and certainly wasn't GBG quality.

This was the least enjoyable of five Spoons visited on the day despite the GBG listing.

On 13th September 2013 - rating: 6
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john mcgraw left this review about The George (JD Wetherspoon)

Run of the mill standard Wetherspoon with the consolation of having a good range of real ales on at a reasonable price.

On 5th January 2012 - rating: 6
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Roger Button left this review about The George (JD Wetherspoon)

If you are the sort that gives formulaic Wetherspoons a wide berth then you’re best steering well clear of the George as here you virtually get 2 ‘Spoons for the price of 1. Despite the name, the original George pub closed around 150 years ago and the current namesake is merely a typical ‘Spoons conversion of what were probably a couple of old disused shops.

The main bar on the ground floor is slightly larger than its upstairs companion and does a larger selection of ales (10 or 12 handpumps if I recall but just a couple of Hammerpot beers that were of interest over the usual stuff). An open staircase leads to the upstairs section with its own bar (3 hand pumps – 2 usuals and a guest). The décor throughout is typical ‘Spoonsnessabounds with all the plastic trimmings that go with the territory.

Even by Saturday night standards the place was pretty packed but I didn’t get the impression that there were too many undesirables among the masses as you may sometimes expect in such places. In a town that isn’t noted for great pubs, the George does at least feel like the International Rescue of beer selection and if only for that, it’s worth popping in.

On 20th January 2011 - rating: 5
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Graham Coombs left this review about The George (JD Wetherspoon)

Fairly typical Wetherspoons but seems quite well run. Large and busy ground floor bar, with smaller quieter upstairs area.

On 1st August 2010 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about The George (JD Wetherspoon)

Gone right down the dumper - popped in today, beer choice uninspiring and quality of all three of my pints were average to poor. Service with a scowl behind the bar, perpetuating the Eastern European bar staff stereotype. The inside remains scruffy and unkempt - graffiti all over the toilet doors, for example. A shame. Can't recommend at present.

1 March 2007
Beer quality and range has notably improved under new duty manager, and he has no quibble about refusing to serve the obviously inebriated either. The inside is in desperate need of an overhaul, the tables are shot to pieces and the décor is getting pretty shabby. Roll on refurb...if it ever happens!

22 August 2005
Boycotted the place last year when they made a song and dance about giving me a clean glass to replace the dirty one they had given me with my pitcher. Also meals usually had one ingredient missing when it turned up. Burnt. Some JDW's are great, others are poor, depending on the management. This one was poor.

On 11th July 2009 - rating: 4
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Philip Carter left this review about The George

Usual Whetherspoons pub. Large and cheap prices. Wide range of real ales for sale.

On 3rd February 2007 - rating: 10
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