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The Bishops' Mill (Lloyds No 1), Durham

Walkergate Leisure
Phone: 01913708510

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Lloyds No. 1 (J D Wetherspoon)
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Bishops' Mill (Lloyds No 1)

Whilst the Water House is the city's more traditional Wetherspoon's outlet, the Bishops' Mill is a more modern affair, located in an outdoor shopping centre amongst shops and restaurants.

You enter the large patio area at the front by way of some steps down from the main passageway through the centre. Once inside, you instantly know you're in a 'spoon's.

The usual suspects were on amongst the ale range - Greene King Abbot, Ruddles Best & Sharp's Doom Bar. The 2 guest ales were Maxim Swedish Blonde & Hanlon's Citramas IPA. I chose the Citramas IPA, which is almost certainly a rebadged version of their Citra IPA. In addition, two real ciders were offered - Weston's Old Rosie & Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon.

On 27th November 2021 - rating: 6
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Old Boots left this review about The Bishops' Mill (Lloyds No 1)

Badged as a Lloyd’s, it’s in a modern leisure area of restaurants and such. Funny old shape inside  maybe a truncated U sums it up. Usual furnishings although more space than usual between the tables in most of the gaff, but not round the low tables at one end. Counter at the back with usual 5+5 pulls topped, tailed and divided by T-bars, handily the dross is at the left hand end with a reasonable choice at the right, fairly decent nick too. Toilets are on the same floor level, which is nice.

On 6th March 2020 - no rating submitted
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Bishops' Mill (Lloyds No 1)

This large Wetherspoons/Lloyds pub is secreted away in a modern leisure development, surrounded by sundry restaurants etc. The main bar is a bit of a cavernous space, but there are a couple of separate side areas and a surprisingly-tasteful and comfortable 'library' area. The beers at time of visit were rather disappointing however, with a small selection of the usual national brands and nothing local at all.

On 5th December 2017 - rating: 5
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Aqualung . left this review about The Bishops' Mill (Lloyds No 1)

This is by far the largest of the Durham JDWs but sadly it's a Lloyds and even before 11:00 on a Saturday morning there was background music. It also suffers from the triple Curse of Sky Sports, BT Sports and Racing UK. Happily in the morning none of this rubbish was on just the usual subtitled news.
As noted below it's a large open plan single storey room in the middle of a modern leisure complex. The Lloyds Disaster area is on the right of the bar with all the usual trappings. On this visit alcohol was only served from 11:00 due to a protest by some groups of ultra right wing fruitcakes nearby banging on about something or other.
The beer choice from the ten hand pumps was virtually non existent with two ciders, the IPA version of the JDW Trio Of Doom doubled, Shepherd Neame Redpoint Disco Macaw and the wonderful GK Rocking Rudolph. I went for the Black Dragon cider which was reasonably priced but I forgot to note what it was.
This place is probably only worth visiting for an early drink and / or breakfast. I wouldn't return, the smaller Spoons nearer the station is miles better.

On 3rd December 2017 - rating: 3
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custodian 42 left this review about The Bishops' Mill (Lloyds No 1)

Quite a large place but sadly not a great choice of ale when I visited. Far better than the other outlets in the complex and given the other reviews I would return to hopefully find a better ale selection.

On 5th January 2017 - rating: 6
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Bishops Mill (Lloyds No 1)

The Bishops Mill is a Wetherspoons that i thouth was well hidden within a new complex.
Once inside thereis a very large irregular shaped room with the bar facing,the room is roughly split into three areas with the usual Spoons seating in each area.
There was a very good choice of guest beers on the bar,i had a drink of Williams Black which went down very well,the other beers noted were Titanic Plum Porter,Bishops Prince Ale,Marstons irish Peated Ale,Banks & Taylor Little Sheff,O Harah's JDW irish,plus the Spoons regulars Ruddles best,GK IPA and Abbot.
Background music was playing and the pub was very busy on my Saturday morning visit.

Pub visited 19/3/2016

On 9th April 2016 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Bishops Mill (Lloyds No 1)

Lloyds variant of JDW in the brand new Walkergate leisure complex. A fair bit of cash spent here and it looks quite good internally, with a number of pillars breaking up the inside somewhat. Copper-topped tables, a colourful full wall frieze of Durham and a knave area with cathedral style wood panelling were of note. There's outside decked seating but no river view. Eight pumps but disappointingly only Rudgate IPA and Marstons Old Empire as proper guest ales. The Old Empire was a decent enough drop and at a quid for a half, can’t really complain.

On 10th July 2015 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about The Bishops Mill (Lloyds No 1)

A modern purpose built venue within The Walkergate complex of bars and restaurants centred around the Gala Theatre. It doesn't look too appealing, however once inside, not too bad really. Various interconnected areas with different styles rather than the usual spoons/Lloyds barns, the through fireplace looked good and was welcome on an unseasonally chilly and windy day. There was some rather nice framed bits of artwork on display from a local artist, centred on the nearby River Wear. I quite warmed to this place after initial misgivings and enjoyed a gammon and eggs lunch and a couple of pints of Big Lamp Lamp Light in here, beer at £1.49 after my CAMRA voucher.

On 5th June 2015 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Bishops Mill (JD Wetherspoon)

Quite a large Lloyds No. 1 bar, but slightly hidden away at the lower level of riverside Walkergate development. Irregular 'L'-shaped bar, part slightly raised. Usual modern furniture and decor. Patio seating out front. Nine of ten handpumps in operation, with a fair choice including Roosters Fat Mule (£1.99).

On 3rd February 2013 - rating: 6
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Gill Smith left this review about The Bishops Mill (JD Wetherspoon)

Large typical Wetherspoons with lots of steps to get to it, although it was good to find there were lifts to access it which were needed. Friendly staff and prompt service, full marks for that, but hubby said the gents loos needed attention. Ladies loos were great though. With regards to the beers, we had the West Country English Ale, plus a couple from their festival menu, Nogne brewery from Norway, and Titanic Nine Tenths Below which was superb. Beers all appeared to be well kept.

On 21st March 2012 - rating: 7
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