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The Moon under Water (JD Wetherspoon), Milton Keynes Central, Milton Keynes

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
Xscape, 10 Avebury Boulevard
Milton Keynes
MK9 3NN
Phone: 01908528854

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J D Wetherspoon

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Gill Smith left this review about The Moon under Water (JD Wetherspoon)

Called in on our Buckinghamshire tour around Milton Keynes of pubs appearing in the 2019 Good Beer Guide. There was a decent choice of a few ales over their usual range and we enjoyed the Leighton Buzzard Captain Cook and the locale Hornes Greensand Golden Ale.

On 18th November 2018 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Moon under Water (JD Wetherspoon)

One of a long row of food / drink outlets along the western side of the Xscape entertainment complex, this initially appears on the small side for a modern-ish 'spoons (unless you enter via the internal doors, in which case you pass through the larger side area. Irregularly shaped bar supplemented by a fair amount of patio seating outside. Mixed selection from 12 of 15 handpumps, with a couple from Vale (including the Red Kite, £2.25) plus beers from Hornes and Ampthill amongst the more mainstream offerings.

On 18th December 2016 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Moon Under Water (JD Wetherspoon)

Housed in a modern building below the vast Ski Slope,the interior is curved through 90 degrees which gives it an unusual edge with a raised area with four wall reliefs housing a bit of modern art.However the rest of the furniture was standard 'spoons issue while the part of the floor in wood is now very well worn.There are 3 banks of 5 handpumps on the curved bar near the front entrance but the far rank just had festival ales "coming soon",in other words a cheap advert.On the other 10 Doom Bar,Ruddles Best and Concrete Cow Cock & Bull(a decent Locale) appeared the regular ales while there were 5 festval ales and 2 pumps unclipped.
It could have been worse,and realistically this is the only option in the immediate area ,so it was quite popular on my lunchtime visit.Inspiring it is not,just a bog standard 'spoons.

On 17th October 2016 - rating: 5
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Aqualung . left this review about The Moon Under Water (JD Wetherspoon)

I thought that Spoons had stopped using this name for their outlets by the new millennium (this one opened in August 2000) but apparently not so. This one is set at the base of a ludicrous structure called the Xscape centre that looks like a giant aircraft hanger and houses of all things a skiing slope.
I would guess that as this is part of a leisure complex Wetherspoons lease it from the owners so it is only purpose built in that they were given an area with x, y and z dimensions then built this outlet into it. It's a long narrow room and as you would expect from Milton Keynes wholly uninspiring. There were 3 sets of five pumps but there was lots of doubling up, a few unused, cider, the regular boring stuff and mainstream Bateman's XXXB & Deuchar's IPA. This left two credible choices the locale Phipps Midsummer Meadow or the American Terrapin brew.
I went for the Midsummer Meadow (£2.20) which was pleasant enough. This was for me the least attractive of the four MK Spoons.

On 4th October 2014 - rating: 4
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Moon Under Water (JD Wetherspoon)

A modern, purpose built Wetherspoon’s pub located within the Xscape centre. Curves seem to be the central theme of the pub, with everything from the building itself, the bar, plates on the ceiling, rails on a partition and even some of the tables being curved to some degree or another.

Decor wise it’s all a bit of a mismatch, with at least four different hues of paint being used – Turquoise, Pale Blue, Mustard and Maroon. Most of the flooring is carpet, although there are some big areas of wooden flooring as well. One area at the rear is up a couple of steps and partitioned off to break up the space a little, and the front area has full floor to ceiling windows looking out on to the patio, as well as “portholes” painted on to the walls and wood panelling on the lower part of the walls giving a slightly nautical feel. Besides the usual tables and chairs, there was also a leather sofa or two. There was a bank of fruit machines opposite the bar, and a few plasma’s showing a news channel, although there was no sound.

Bar staff seemed friendly enough, if a little dopey. The barmaid who took my food order seemed to have no idea what a Chicken Bhuna was, and I had to spell it twice. Then I flummoxed her completely by giving her £10.59 for a £5.59 bill. Overall though, this isn’t too bad a place, although obviously it doesn’t have the architectural interest of some of the company’s other outlets. But being in Milton Keynes, it would be somewhat out of place if it did have any architectural significance.

Good choice of beers on tap, although they are currently running a beer festival, so I don’t know what the usual choice is like. On this occasion besides the usual Abbott Ale and Ruddles Best, there was Whitstable Bay Organic Ale from Shepherd Neame, Bateman’s XB, Hook Norton Flagship, Titanic Fit Out, Everard’s Whakatu, Brain’s Dark and Thwaites Daniel’s Hammer. Ciders were also well represented with Strongbow and Thatcher’s Gold being joined by Two Trees Perry and Black Dragon, both from Gwynt y Ddraig and Weston’s Twist with ginger.

On 13th October 2011 - rating: 6
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john mcgraw left this review about The Moon Under Water

A dark and dingy concrete Wetherspoon's in a concrete jungle.Full of spives and banjo players.Give it a wide berth.

On 10th April 2008 - rating: 2
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