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The West Quay (JD Wetherspoon), Brighton

Brighton Marina Village
Brighton Marina
Postal town: Brighton

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J D Wetherspoon

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The West Quay (JD Wetherspoon)

Large, but sometimes good, 'spoons in amongst the numerous bars and restaurants overlooking Brighton Marina. Nothing very remarkable about the interior - parts of which are rather dark - but it does have a large patio area and a modest balcony at first-floor level that is opened in good weather. Where it usually comes into its own, though, is on the beer front. There are five handpumps on each part of the two-part main counter (and three more upstairs too). However, in the strange coronavirus times, there was just a very mediocre selection of four real ales, a cider and a perry on this visit, with Shepherd Neame Spitfire (£1.99) being the least dull option.

On 8th November 2020 - rating: 6
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Steve C left this review about The West Quay (JD Wetherspoon)

The West Quay is a large Wetherspoons with two downstairs bars and an upstairs dining area with a third bar and balcony access. I did not venture upstairs. The two downstairs bars support ten hand pumps between them as well as a selection of standard and premium keg products. The usual Spoon’s food menu with various deals is available from 9am when breakfast is served. There is an extension until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Out the front is some seating with views over the marina, but I imagine the vista is better from the balcony. Unfortunately the rules dictate that plastic drinking vessels must be used when drinking al fresco.
During my visit on Wednesday evening last week I found the young barman that served me to be extremely polite and friendly. I would usually point out that this is unusual for a Spoon’s, but in my opinion this is becoming the norm. I found the West Quay to be the best watering hole in the marina complex and would enjoy returning for a few more jars.

On 15th August 2016 - rating: 7
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Aqualung . left this review about The West Quay (JD Wetherspoon)

I arrived at Brighton Marina on the 7 bus with no map and had forgotten the name of the pub! I remembered what I was once told that Spoons like to open pubs where there is a McDonalds so headed for that and then up a staircase spotted the name I recognised the West Quay.
I was delighted to discover that this place was built by Scottish & Newcastle (aka Star Pubs and Bars) as the Jackson's Wharf, but gave it up to JDW after just five years. What a useless bunch they are!
It's very different to a normal JDW; although it is very modern they have fairly successfully tried to make it look older with the use of wood and stippled painted walls. There are two floors but I stuck to the lower one. This is a long narrow room with a bar extending down the right side and opening out at the end with a panoramic view over the marina. This is where most people chose to locate themselves.
There were two banks of five hand pumps, an interesting one as you enter and a boring one right down the other end of the bar. The boring one had GK IPA & Abbot, a cider, Doom Bore and Bombardier. The (almost) interesting one had another cider, Brakspear Oxford Gold, Arundel Sussex Gold, Daleside Monkey Wrench and Dorking Northdown Bel.
I went for the Northdown Bel (£2.60) which was in good nick and cheaper than I expected.
I would return if in the area but it's in such an obscure part of Brighton that seems unlikely.

On 9th February 2015 - rating: 7
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john mcgraw left this review about The West Quay (JD Wetherspoon)

Large Wetherspoon's on two levels. Downstairs is open plan with good outside drinking areas overlooking the marina and on a nice summers day like today it would take a lot of beating. There were 4 guest beers on tap with the Arundel New Horizon being in good form. Did not try upstairs as it opens later in the day. If like me you don't drive bus no7 leaves the railway station approx. every 10 mins. Worth a visit if only for the area.

On 27th August 2013 - rating: 5
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Steve of N21 left this review about The West Quay (JD Wetherspoon)

This is probably one of the best situated ‘Spoons I have visited in my travels having as it does, a commanding position overlooking the length of Brighton Marina.
Formerly a pub called Jackson's Wharf, which opened in 1998, it converted to a Wetherspoons in 2004.
On two levels, both having an excellent outside veranda area to sit on and stare at the boats, seagulls and people walking the boardwalk of this part of the marina. Inside it’s the usual plastic chain pub design with the usual cheap but very cheerful plastic ‘spoons menu. But good on it for that, because when sitting on the Veranda in bright sunshine, staring at the view a pint of real ale at under £2.00 is a positive steal for the location.
I think I counted the usual 12 handpumps in two banks of 6 along the separated bar services and the usual Wetherspoons house beers were complemented by a couple of local real ales.
Visited twice, once at lunchtime and then again late evening during my visit to the Marina and the service was OK on this midweek day, but cannot comment to what it may be like at the weekend. However I did get the impression when back in the evening that, due to the fact that it is some way out of town and you have to drive to it, it doesn’t convert to a nightclub for the Brighton youf like the other ‘spoons situated in the town centre and the evening crowd seemed to be more mature and no bouncers required on the doors of this one.

On 13th October 2012 - rating: 6
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Nigel Sheppard left this review about The West Quay

This should be the best pub in Brighton. It has the location and internally it has lots of style, what a fantastic venue. On summers days you can sit in the shade or in the sun on the verandas and watch the world go by. They do serve real ales but it is so badly kept I defy you to even sip it...the smell is awful and this was on several occasions. There are however some imported lagers that are OK although they do charge like a wounded bull for them. Never the less still worth a visit and you can take the electric railway along the front to get to it.

On 1st June 2007 - rating: 6
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