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The William Stead (JD Wetherspoon), Darlington

8 Crown Street
Darlington
DL1 1LU
Phone: 01325341440

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J D Wetherspoon

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Gill Smith left this review about The William Stead (JD Wetherspoon)

Visited July 19 and had 2 Daleside beers, Monkey Wrench and Old Legover.

On 7th August 2019 - rating: 6
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Graham Coombs left this review about The William Stead (JD Wetherspoon)

Average Spoon's in a thoroughly modernised old building, containing one long rectangular room with a bar running its length. At the end is a small covered patio. It seems to have a relatively calm and pleasant atmosphere, at least during the daytime but the beer range was a bit limited, with Pennine Hair of the Dog and Amber Necker as guests alongside the usual Abbot, Ruddles and Doom Bar.

On 6th June 2019 - rating: 6
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custodian 42 left this review about The William Stead (JD Wetherspoon)

Not as good as Tanners Hall but OK as a Spoons, I suppose. Worth dropping in for a pint.

On 18th January 2017 - rating: 6
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Aqualung . left this review about The William Stead (JD Wetherspoon)

This is no longer a Lloyds since the Spoons web site lists it as a standard JDW. It's a rather pleasant old red brick building that the barmaid thought was originally a furniture shop. It's a much more likeable venue than the other Spoons in town but is let down by a poor selection of beers. I didn't look at the upper bar but the lower one had ten hand pumps with five beers doubled up. These were Greene King IPA& Abbot, Doom Bore, Bateman's XXXB and Adnam's Sixpoint Make it Rain. I went for the Make It Rain (£1.99) which was in very good condition. It seems a shame that the beer selection lets this place down.

On 11th May 2015 - rating: 5
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The William Stead (JD Wetherspoon)

A purpose built Spoons this one, consisting of the main room downstairs and a first floor room with it's own bar. The main room consisted of a long back bar with a choice of 10 pumps. The upstairs room had a bank of arch shaped windows along the right hand side, with the bar facing you along the back wall as you enter.
The service here was ok, but my first choice of beer was disastrous as it had turned to vinegar. Seeing as their International Beer Festival was on, I went for Townshend's Brewery JCIPA, which was brewed in conjunction with Everard's by a New Zealand brewer, this was an excellent choice.

On 22nd March 2015 - no rating submitted
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Roger Button left this review about The William Stead (JD Wetherspoon)

A large Wetherspoons / Lloyds No. 1 Bar just off the town centre named after an influential local journalist who was credited as developing interviewing as a form of journalism and who subsequently died aboard the Titanic. The pub is split over 2 floors with the split level cavernous ground floor broken into 3 or 4 distinct areas by bookcases and screens. There are multiple TVs and the raised end section houses a DJ booth, lighting rig and quite spectacular mirror ball. Presumably the furniture is pushed aside in the evening to create a dancefloor. The lengthy bar didn’t have the best selection of ales given its Good Beer Guide mention with 3 guests on but 2 others with the “available soon” clips. Upstairs is another large section with its own separate bar and outside is a courtyard, quite small in comparison to the size of the pub overall. For a modern style Wetherspoons I actually thought it did have a bit of character and since I was only there for a short while in mid-afternoon I did not succumb to any of the clubbyness that obviously takes over in the evenings. Given the number of nearby pubs that I had walkied in and straight out looking for an ale & footy on TV combination, the William Stead met my requirements but I would think it is a case of choosing your moments.

On 7th July 2010 - rating: 6
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James Joines left this review about The William Stead

A Lloyd's No. 1 house with the usual offerings.

On 3rd May 2008 - no rating submitted
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