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The William Rufus (Lloyds No. 1), Carlisle Central, Carlisle

10 Botchergate
Carlisle
CA1 1QS
Phone: 01228633160

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Lloyds No. 1 (J D Wetherspoon)

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Aqualung . left this review about The William Rufus (Lloyds No. 1)

The only good thing about this Spoons compared to the other one nearby is that the beer prices are cheaper. It's got a more modern decor but it's a Lloyds with a lighting rig which points to it transforming itself into Hell on Earth after about 21:00. To make things worse it also has TV screens which provide revenue to that pariah Rupert Murdoch. Soon after sitting down here somebody decided it would be a good idea to lower a big screen and show that bloke from Countdown and others blathering on about football. The good news was that the sound wasn't turned up but the bad news was that seconds later loud music started playing.
The bar has eight hand pumps but little choice, the two GK beers and Doom Bore, a cider, Deuchar's IPA and saving the day Cumberland Corby Blonde which I had just tried in the other Spoons. I went for that (£1.99) and it was as good as in the one down the road. Now I've been here and seen what it's like I won't darken it's doors again.

On 30th November 2015 - rating: 4
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The William Rufus (JD Wetherspoon)

Modern 'L'-shaped conversion of no particular distinction. Having said that, there was at least a reasonable selection of real ales from the ten handpumps (including the local Corby Fox brown, £2.29). Quite quiet when I visited early on a Friday evening, but very 'lively' when I walked past again later on...

On 15th March 2014 - rating: 6
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peter ashworth left this review about The William Rufus (JD Wetherspoon)

Called in after the races while the beer festival was on and tried a pint of the TSA Double expresso wild oat stout (4.8 abv)which was far to oatey for me, so i switched to Woodforde's Once Bittern (4.1)which was a good pint

On 9th November 2010 - no rating submitted
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Gill Smith left this review about The William Rufus (JD Wetherspoon)

Called in as it was on my route and suprised to find a decent choice of beer other than the usual suspects. Enjoyed Cumberland Breweries Corby Ale, a new brewery for me, and Jennings Lakeland Stunner.

On 26th August 2010 - rating: 6
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ROB Camra left this review about The William Rufus (JD Wetherspoon)

Great for watching football with loads of big screens. Also has loads of lowlifes later on. A couple of scummers were smoking in here the other week and the manager/door staff were too scared of them to do anything about it. Not the greatest pint of ale in the world but it's OK. Hen night capital of Carlisle on a Thursday.

On 27th April 2010 - rating: 4
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William Purnell left this review about The William Rufus (JD Wetherspoon)

A Lloyds No1 Bar in the Wetherspoon stable

On 18th October 2009 - no rating submitted
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