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Castle in the Air (JD Wetherspoon), Trafford Centre, Manchester

Pub added by Andrew Evans
Trafford Way
M17 8DD
Phone: 01617463930

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J D Wetherspoon

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Rob Hunter left this review about Castle in the Air (JD Wetherspoon)

As has been noted, unless you are making a special trip of wanting a meal or a drink after being at the nearby Chill Factor-e place, there isn't much to make this stand out as a destination pub. I've been in a few times on and off, at different times of day and on different days, and never found it to be what you would call busy. That said, it is a huge hangar of a building so probably never actually feels full.

Two banks of pumps on my Monday visit, with Coach House Blueberry Bitter duplicated across the two, Hope & Glory also by Coach House (may also have been duplicated), and the usual Spoons suspects of Ruddles etc. There was also a cider which despite being clipped on one of the hand pulls is actually dispensed from a box in the fridge. I went for this, Elderflower by Temptation Irish Cider, despite the £3-odd price marked on the pump, but was pleased to be charged more in line with the real ales. Whether the price on the pump was a mistake, or whether there was a promotion on resulting in a price reduction, or whether the server made an error and undercharged me I do not know, and I did not care to query it!

From previous visits there are usually a couple of guest ales on but not always the most interesting selection. I'd hazard a guess that the location of this venue does not lend itself to a high turnover of real ale and so the selection probably has to be kept small.

The cider I had was very pleasant, and a nice change for me.

Service can be a bit hit and miss, there was a sign saying "use any till for food" but there seemed to be a queue of people waiting to place food orders at one till, leading me to believe there was a single queue for everything, as only one member of staff could be spotted. Then a couple of chancers waited further up the bar and an additional member of staff appeared like Mr Benn and served them, instead of the people in front of me that had been waiting.

I have eaten here previously during the Burns Week promotion when they have a couple of haggis options on the menu. On this occasion the mash was a bit hard and dry, as if it had been in the microwave a little too long.

Not a Spoons to avoid, but probably not worth a special visit.

On 13th June 2018 - rating: 7
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Al Bundy left this review about Castle in the Air (JD Wetherspoon)

The fact that, unless you've got a car, this place is a bugger to get to already puts a downer on this place. Its behind some ski jump sportsplex slopey building thingy and around the side of some golfy drivey place. Even when you get here its totally underwhelming. Its a wide place and the 'castle in the air' thing is a bit naff but its cheap. 10 handpumps, not the best choices and rather mundane inside. Quiet on this Wednesday afternoon. Edit: Groan, I've just found out there's a quick route past some office building. Though this might not be an official throughway as there was an electric gate at one end.

On 6th September 2017 - rating: 4
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Aqualung . left this review about Castle in the Air (JD Wetherspoon)

This is an odd place as it is situated in a sports complex that is completely separate from the Trafford Centre. There are no adjacent houses or shops and even the nearest buses are at the Trafford Centre Bus Station about half a mile away. Unsurprisingly the place was very quiet on a Thursday afternoon.
Although there are two sets of five hand pumps the beer choice was limited as there were festival ciders and doubling up. Beers on were Mobberley Boom Juice, Exmoor Gold and Coach House Clippety Hop. I went for a festival cider (£3.29) which was expensive considering the beer prices here are rock bottom (guest ales from £1.85).
As I was going to sit down I noticed some writing on the floor saying "look up to see a castle in the air". Indeed there was an art installation above but I couldn't help thinking a giant inflatable White Elephant would have been more appropriate.

On 24th July 2017 - rating: 4
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peter ashworth left this review about Castle in the Air (JD Wetherspoon)

One roomed run of the mill JDW pub with the usual fixtures and fittings,that is sited at the Chill Factore close to Manchester's Trafford Centre.Although not the greatest choice of cask beers you cant complain at these prices Robinsons Shark Attack at £1-10p a pint with Bishops Finger and Flat Cap at £1-25p a pint.

On 12th September 2012 - no rating submitted
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Andrew Evans left this review about Castle in the Air

Brand new Wetherspoons at the new Chill Factor ski centre,Trafford Centre.
Greene King IPA & Abbott Ale on.

On 25th December 2007 - rating: 8
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