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The Kings Tun (JD Wetherspoon), Kingston Town, Kingston Upon Thames

157 Clarence Street
Kingston Upon Thames
Phone: 02085473827

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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Kings Tun (JD Wetherspoon)

After a lengthy bus journey from Carshalton, I was desperate for a wee and being near the bus stop, this branch of Wetherspoon's was an ideal stopping point before meeting friends in a nearby hostelry. Indeed, there was also just about time for a swift half before moving on.

The King's Tun is a typical branch of the chain with the usual mix of alcoholic old blokes and a handful of shoppers. I'm not a shopper, so I guess I must fit into the former category.

The usual Greene King Abbot, Ruddles Best & Sharp's Doom Bar were all on. 6 Guest beers were Pheasantry Black Pheasant, Thornbridge Jaipur, Oakham Citra, Loddon Dragon Fly, Adnams Ghost Ship & Hook Norton Old Hooky. There was no real cider that I could see.

I stayed on the ground floor of this former music hall/cinema. As you would expect, it's quite spacious. With its central location and plenty of real ales, this will always be a popular option for the Kingston drinker.

On 17th March 2023 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Kings Tun (JD Wetherspoon)

Just a short walk from Kingston station, this large Wetherspoons started life as a music hall called the Kingston Empire, before going through a variety of uses and eventually ending up part of the ubiquitous pub chain. The place essentially has a two room layout, connected at the rear by the bar area. The right hand side has a split level seating area comprising, for the most part, standard tables and chairs with a row of nice banquette booths along the left hand wall. The area is smartly appointed and seemed quite calm and quiet, despite being packed out, with not a single spare table to be found. The servery runs along the rear wall and has a few limited seating options opposite. The bar has the usual marble counter and dark wood bar back hidden under a vast quantity of tinsel. The left hand side of the pub is larger than the right and therefore offers a fair bit more seating in a bare boarded room which has a nice tile floor strip running around the front section. More banquette booths run along the right hand wall and standard tables and chairs fill up the bulk of the remaining space but there are also some very comfy looking tub chairs here and there which are worth grabbing if you get the chance. The decor is fairly plain with a few portraits on the walls and several TV screens showing rolling news coverage acting as the main visual distraction, although the smart ceiling lamps are hung from some rather attractive roses. Stairs to the rear lead up to a first floor seating area and second bar, although I didn't get round to exploring properly.
I think I counted twelve hand pumps on the bar which had six guest ales, four 'Spoons regulars and a cider or two. The service was a little slow, but I eventually managed to get hold of one of their overseas guest ales which poured a little cloudy but cleared eventually and was a decent enough drop. I also enjoyed one of their half-decent curries as it was curry night and as usual it came nice and quickly and was perfectly passable.
This fairly run of the mill 'Spoons outlet doesn't really stand out from their countless other pubs but arguably offers the best ale range in central Kingston. This, combined with it's convenient location near the shops and station, makes it a pretty safe bet and certainly worth a look when in Kingston.

On 13th January 2018 - rating: 6
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Moby Duck left this review about The Kings Tun (JD Wetherspoon)

Formula spoons,canteen seating set up, 12 hand pumps split between the ordinary, slightly less ordinary and a couple of decent beers, Oakham Citra was very good as it should be, but the disinterested service in these places piss me off.

On 1st October 2017 - rating: 5
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Quinno _ left this review about The Kings Tun (JD Wetherspoon)

Yes, ho ho Tim Martin, a pun-tastic Spoons near Kingston (Kings-tun, geddit?) station, converted from a cinema via a shop. A staple-shaped interior with upper level. Looks like a late 90s opener as there’s nothing special décor-wise, cream and reddish pink shades with little natural light at the rear where the bar is situated. Two banks of 6 pumps with a fair selection of non-standards, six in all and a strong line up from the likes of Saltaire, Dark Star and Oakham. My Saltaire Triple Choc was in very good form and served up by a relatively friendly barmaid. A pretty decent visit given the handicaps, if this is the (new) norm I'd pop in again. 6.5

On 5th July 2016 - rating: 6
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john mcgraw left this review about The Kings Tun (JD Wetherspoon)

This is a large Wetherspoon's split into two seating areas with a further bar upstairs (with a lift going up). Although I don't really like the pub I have been lucky to get a decent real ale on most of my visits.

On 2nd March 2014 - rating: 6
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Aqualung . left this review about The Kings Tun (JD Wetherspoon)

This is a Lloyds No 1 that was in former lives a supermarket, cinema and music hall. It's a huge barn of a place with an upstairs bar that I didn't investigate.
There is a garish and unwelcoming bank of 5 fruit machines dominating the centre of the room which gives the feel of a casino rather than a pub.
There were 12 pumps, two having Abbot and IPA (no Ruddles) and very disappointingly four uninvited guests, Jennings Cocker Hoop, Brakspear Bitter, London Pride and Doombar. The six proper guests or Locale beers were Jaipur IPA, Loddon Bamboozle and Hullabaloo, Wadworth / Chelsea Sunset Red, Tillingbourne AONB and Twickenham Vanguard.

I went for the Jaipur IPA which was cloudy and in poor condition. Given this place is GBG listed I found the beer selection and quality wholly disappointing.

On 21st September 2013 - rating: 3
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Kings Tun (JD Wetherspoon)

This is a large pub even by Wetherspoon’s standards. Everything you expect in a ‘spoons is here – cheap food, cheap drink, standard furnishings (although this one has more than its fair share of tall tables and tall stools), and all day drinkers. It’s the traditional ‘spoons drinking barn; this one is housed in a former cinema and in fact still has some of the original floor tiling at the front. There are also far too many one-armed bandits scattered around the place as well.
It’s a standard ‘spoons. Most people either love or hate them, but personally I can either take them or leave them, and this one is handily placed near Kingston train station.

On 14th August 2012 - rating: 5
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Malden man left this review about The Kings Tun (JD Wetherspoon)

As Roger says, huge even by Wetherspoons standards, but also a formulaic dull layout with rows of small tables filling one area, very little natural light due to the depth of the place from the street. A few reasonable guests on last night, in good condition too, Loddon Ferryman's Gold, Thornbridge Jaipur, Phoenix Navvy and something from Mallard. Efficient and polite service but there was a bit of an issue with finding a clean glass for the first round as they kept coming out looking like they'd been rinsed in dirty dishwater. Soon rectified though. The pub does however act as a pre-club fuelling station for the hordes of young people who frequent the couple of night clubs over the road, especially around the weekend evenings. As for Roger's query about ale competition in Kingston town centre, sadly nowadays this place will win hands down as there is now very little in the way of decent choice since GK got its mitts on The Druids and The Ram.

On 18th September 2010 - rating: 5
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Roger Button left this review about The Kings Tun (JD Wetherspoon)

A huge Wetherspoons in what was originally the Empire cinema although I remember it from the days that I lived in the area as the Reject Shop (remember them?). There isn't much inside to remind you of its former guises and it is for the most part a typically branded ‘Spoons albeit covering a large area over 2 floors. The downstairs main bar is essentially the old cinema foyer and fairly open with the usual run of screened off snugs down a couple of sides. One interesting addition to the silent fruit machines and multiple plasma screens is an electronic table top poker game.

The main bar has 12 hand pumps however as it is currently Ale Festival time, I cannot for certain say how many guest beers they normally offer but on top of the 7 Festival Beers on Monday, they also had 3 additional guest beers so I am assuming that the selection is better than average even outside of the Festival dates.

An open staircase winds its way to the even more spacious upper floor which has its own self contained bar albeit with just the 3 hand pumps. Due to sheer size of the place, I would assume that grabbing a table is pretty easy even at the busiest of times however some of the customer base were a bit charmless to put it politely. The same cannot be said of the staff who were pleasant, efficient and were never without a smile. They were also patient and tactful when I witnessed them having to deal with some particularly demanding characters.

The old pictures of town are of personal interest since I can relate to the days when Kingston wasn't just a seemingly series of chain shops, refurbished bars and mass market consumerism. I no longer know the town centre well enough to determine where the Kings Tun fits in with the competition but for Ales, it would certainly be a front runner even if the pub itself lacks any great intrinsic charm.

On 4th November 2009 - rating: 5
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