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Beer of the Week (w/e 5th December 2021) with Bucking Fastard on the Pub Forum

The King Of Wessex (JD Wetherspoon), Bath

5-10 James Street West
Bath
BA1 2BX
Phone: 01225303380

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Graham Coombs left this review about The King Of Wessex (JD Wetherspoon)

a below-average Spoons, perhaps a little more tranquil than some but a very disappointing range of beers with only one or two above the standard group. Not one of their best by any means.

On 23rd August 2021 - rating: 5
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The King Of Wessex (JD Wetherspoon)

Another GBG 2017 choice by the local CAMRA branch and another looser.A faceless drinking barn with a sea of pine furniture ,4 fruit machines taking wedge off the unthinking and nothing of note internally in a purpose built outlet.There are two sets of 5 handpumps but on my visit the trio of doom,namely Ruddles Best,GK Abbott and Doom Bar were all doubled up ,leaving guests Maxim Maximus,Everards Sunchaser,Flying Monk Birdman (sweet rubbish,utterly rank) and one clip available soon.Now I know why folk drink lager.
It's totally corporate,one of the worst 'spoons I've ever visited and a major Avoid in future.

On 25th June 2017 - rating: 3
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Aqualung . left this review about The King Of Wessex (JD Wetherspoon)

This is a modern Spoons which is part of an entertainment complex and is much smaller than I expected. As noted below it's a dull long room but at least the toilets are situated at the rear rather than at the end of a Stairway To Heaven. There is a small raised area at the back and one of those stove thingys in the middle.
The bar has two sets of five hand pumps which had two available soon, the JDW Trio Of Doom doubled, Everard's Ascalon and Springfield Roaring Meg. I went for the Roaring Meg which was in good nick.
This seemed to be a reasonably run Spoons but the fact is it's a city centre JDW that is also GBG listed so a choice of just two viable ales is just not good enough.

On 28th April 2017 - rating: 4
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The King Of Wessex (JD Wetherspoon)

Ten handpumps along the bar on our visit, with a dull and boring selection. Eventually decided on the Coach House Special Reserve, which was ok. A handy spot to finish or start a crawl as it is fairly close to the bus and train stations.

On 25th October 2016 - rating: 5
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The King Of Wessex (JD Wetherspoon)

A modern, purpose built Wetherspoon’s which is part of an entertainment complex which also houses a cinema and a number of other restaurants and such like. It has little in the way of any character, and isn’t one of the better examples of the companies pubs, in my opinion. It is however conveniently situated just a couple of minutes stroll from the Theatre Royal and other local attractions.

Inside it consists of one long and relatively narrow room with a bar counter to the left at the front. There are good sized windows across the front of the pub as well as up most of the right hand side which overlooks the neighbouring Costa, TGI Friday’s, etc. The rear area is perhaps more intended for dining, but decor wise it’s very similar with blue patterned carpet on the floor and plenty of packed in tables. There was some tiling in front of the bar counter, which had something of an art deco look to it and there was a small amount of wood panelling on the walls in a couple of places. A couple of pictures denoted various scenes from the “Georgian City” such as historical figures and buildings, but there was little in the way of any information as is often the case in the company’s other outlets. A bank of fruit machines was at the front of the bar and the white plastered ceiling included some mauve concealed lighting, but other than that there was little of any interest. Food is apparently served from 07:00 to 23:00.

Beers on this occasion were Abbott Ale, Doom Bar, Conwy’s Ramparts, Ruddles Best, Ruddles Beast and Bottle Brew. Ciders on tap were Strongbow, Thatcher’s Gold, Gwynt Y Ddraig Pyder, Waddlegoose Lane Spadger and Brother’s Pear, the latter of which was apparently available with the addition of Strawberry, Wild Fruit or Toffee Apple flavours. I always considered Brothers to be one of the more traditional cider makers, so quite why they’ve gone down this gimmicky route I’m not sure. There were also several more ciders racked up behind the bar and in the ‘fridge on account of the current cider festival.

On 31st July 2014 - rating: 5
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Rex Rattus left this review about The King Of Wessex (JD Wetherspoon)

This is a typical ‘spoons that has all the character of a railway bar. It comprises a single long room, furnished with the usual ‘spoons mix of normal tables and chairs and tall tables/tall stools, and as you might expect of a ‘spoons pub in the centre of Bath was doing a very good trade (about 50 or so people in) at 11.30 on a Tuesday morning. Obviously it has a decent beer range at the usual cheap prices, and cheap and simple food.

This one is more like drinking in a canteen than most ‘spoons I’ve been to. It’s characterless but functional.

On 30th July 2014 - rating: 4
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The King Of Wessex (JD Wetherspoon)

Standard-issue modern 'spoons, suffering when I visited from a severe lack of staff meaning slow service and many uncleared tables. Having said that, the barman was pleasant and very apologetic once one finally got served. Ten handpumps in total, with a reasonable selection including a decent pint of Wibblers Dengie Dark (£2.29). Overall, hopefully I just caught it on something of a bad day...

On 1st February 2014 - rating: 5
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Malden man left this review about The King Of Wessex (JD Wetherspoon)

This was the obligatory breakfast stop on our Bath tour, well where else can you get a pint and breakfast at 10:15am? A typically large Wetherspoons, which is part of a modern complex housing an Odeon Cinema, Nando's, TGI Fridays etc. Remarkably busy so early, large breakfasts selling well, but that regular 'spoons atmosphere with a few locals already seemingly setting in for the day.
The Christmas tree was up already, and there was a fire lit in a round grate in the middle of the pub. Purple effect ceiling lighting, some booth seating, but mostly crowded lines of small tables throughout.
I noted four guest ales plus the usual 'spoons line up, and the morning hair of the dog Thwaites Ribble Rouser was fine.
Prompt and efficient service, not always the case in such establishments. Oh, and the breakfast was first rate.

On 20th November 2010 - rating: 5
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