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Harvester Weston Gateway, West Wick, Weston Super Mare

Yew Tree Drive
Weston Super Mare
BS22 6DB

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Orchid (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Blackthorn _ left this review about Harvester Weston Gateway

A relatively new build pub to serve the new build housing estates that surround it, this was until recently called the Bucket & Spade (even though it’s actually a couple of miles from the beach) but is now under the Harvester brand. There is a reasonable amount of outside seating, but it’s a patio rather than a garden and the outlook is a busy roundabout and a supermarket, so it’s not the most attractive spot.

It’s a good size internally, and divided in to a number of different sections, some very much more geared up for eating. The décor is inoffensive, but being a modern chain pub it has that same bland, corporate feel that so many others do, although the sanded wooden floor perhaps makes a change from the more usual carpet. There’s certainly nothing interesting or unique about it unless you count a couple of old black and white photographs of Weston seafront. The wood panelled bar counter is in front of you as you enter with racks of wine bottles up above it and the restaurant down at the right hand end. I did not investigate this, but noticed their “famous” salad bar, “famous” dressing and toppings bar, and even a sauces bar, although this did not appear to be famous. A raised seating area is at the front of the pub and a snug off to the left, which was actually a cosy enough spot with carpet on the floor and a tiled fire-place to one side, although the plasma screen stuck on the wall above it spoilt the ambience somewhat. Fortunately the volume was off so this was not too intrusive. Paintwork in here was largely battleship grey compared to the sandy colour in the rest of the pub.

Beers on tap were Butcombe and Doom Bar, whilst a third pump appeared unused. Ciders meanwhile were Thatcher’s Gold and Strongbow. Service at the bar was perhaps a little slow due to only one person serving, but they were friendly enough. Overall there’s nothing really wrong with this pub and I’m sure it serves the local populace well enough, but it’s unlikely to be somewhere that anyone would make a point of going to, unless perhaps you’re after a famous salad.

On 21st March 2016 - rating: 6
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graham dunbavan left this review about The Bucket & Spade

Modern pub ,lacks atmosphere and has no real ale , service could be better. This is a pub in a new comuity development and is doing nothing to attract people to come back.

On 13th October 2009 - rating: 4
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Richard Arwkrite left this review about The Bucket & Spade

A large pub eatery,2 for 1,set in a housing development.Can be difficult to park and access because of its popularity. Just why its so popular beats me.Twice I have walked out because service was slow and twice they have got the order totaly wrong. I no longer stop here but talk about being a glutton for punishment.

On 27th September 2009 - no rating submitted
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