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The Crown Rivers (JD Wetherspoon), Hounslow

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Terminal 5, Airside
Heathrow Airport
Postal town: Hounslow
Phone: 02082836208

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J D Wetherspoon

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Rex Rattus left this review about The Crown Rivers (JD Wetherspoon)

You really can't miss this pub as it's located smack bang in the middle of the concourse. I spotted something I hadn't seen in a 'spoons before - table service, with a waitress taking food orders at tables. Otherwise it's much like other 'spoons, although possibly the mass of false trees made of fairy lights is something reserved for airports.

There were a few ales on, albeit nothing very exciting - London Pride, Doom Bar, London Gold, Adnam's Broadside, and Hobgoblin. They accepted a CAMRA voucher. At least this place gives you somewhere to get a pint of real ale before you head off for somewhere where real ale means nothing to anyone.

On 20th March 2017 - rating: 5
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Steve C left this review about The Crown Rivers (JD Wetherspoon)

The Crown Rivers is a Wetherspoons that consists of a bar with limited seating and a seating area that are separated by a walkway. The seating area is split into ‘dining’ and ‘not dining’ sections, but there were no free tables during my recent Saturday afternoon stop-off. I did manage to glance at a menu to find the usual spoons fare available with mains priced around £10.

The bar was stocked with standard and premium keg products and I counted five hand pumps. These were drawing Exmoor Ales’ Exmoor Gold, Fuller’s London Pride and Sharp’s Doom bar alongside Adnams Broadside and Stone Amber Ale. I found the staff to be polite, but there was not much leadership. Unsurprisingly there was no background music and I didn’t spot the JDW trademark muted TV showing rolling news.

I found this bar to be the least relaxing of the three airside options, but it is the only one that serves cask ale.

On 1st February 2016 - rating: 5
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john mcgraw left this review about The Crown Rivers (JD Wetherspoon)

This pub is for airline passengers only

On 19th August 2015 - no rating submitted
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E TA left this review about The Crown Rivers (JD Wetherspoon)

A busy airport bar on the main concourse of the Departures area, difficult to miss as it spreads from the bar area on one side into the middle of the floor with its dining area. There are also sub-bars at Gates B and C, but these carry no ales, just the easy-drinking stuff. Five ales on in the main bar – I found the Hobgoblin to be well past its best and lacklustre, as well as too cold, but the Bradfield Farmers Pale Ale was in very good condition, if a little cool. OK, maybe a third pint before flying was excessive, but the Tetley's Christmas Cracker was too tempting to pass up. Food too was unusually poor for this chain. The staff were polite and helpful despite their lack of experience. OK to use up a CAMRA voucher (though not today, obviously) or for a Brake Brothers-style plate of fat and/or gristle, but if you just want a good ale, drink elsewhere before you check in.

On 20th December 2013 - rating: 5
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Crown Rivers (JD Wetherspoon)

This is an airside Wetherspoons bar in Heathrow’s Terminal 5, but if you’re expecting the same sort of Wetherspoons experience you might be used to in pubs up and down the country, think again. The ‘pub’ is split into two distinctly separate areas, with the bar on one side, with a limited amount of, mostly high stool, seating clustered into a compact, well defined space. On the other side of the walkway is the formal dining area with table service and a strict seating policy – don’t just grab a table here without expecting to be uprooted and put at the back of a queue. The menu won’t be familiar either, with fewer options available and a slightly, but only slightly – this is Wetherspoons after all, more upmarket feel to it. I tried a panini and couldn’t believe it when it was presented on a dark slate with a side salad. The place was doing a brisk trade and the waiting staff were struggling to keep things running smoothly. With queues for tables building up, I decided to finish my pint quickly as I didn’t feel comfortable taking up a table on my own. The pub apparently takes its name from two royal rivers which were diverted when Heathrow was first built, before being diverted a second time prior to the construction of Terminal 5.
I was looking forward to a good farewell pint of ale before jetting off for a few weeks, but found myself faced with three fairly uninspiring options – Wells Bombardier, Greene King Abbot Ale and Wychwood Hobgoblin. Clips for Fullers London Pride and Adnams Broadside indicated that they would be on soon. My pint of Hobgoblin was in reasonable condition, but had to be purchased after standing in a supermarket style queue, which seems to be an airport-only pub phenomenon.
I was fairly disappointed with this one, but the fact of the matter is that there really isn’t much else worth doing in this terminal and it’s by far the best option for a drink that I could find.

On 26th September 2013 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Crown Rivers (JD Wetherspoon)

Unremarkable airside 'spoons - no surprises, but at least you can get some real ale at a fairly reasonable price. Pride, Abbot, Broadside, Hobgoblin and Bombardier (£3.40) from five handpumps

On 17th August 2013 - rating: 5
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Crown Rivers (JD Wetherspoon)

I'm actually going to give this place an extra mark. Not because it does anything itself to deserve it, but because of its location inside my pet hate, e.g. Terminal 5 Airside, which must be the worst ever designed terminal for the business traveller who is not remotely interested in f**king shopping.
It therefore performs the task of being a bolthole in which you can sit and forget you are in one of the worst designed airport terminals in the world.
Being an airport bar you could well find yourself rubbing shoulders with NASA astranauts as they get use to a place with no atmosphere, but it does benefit from having a semi decent beer range, with its own brew, Crown Rivers Bitter alongside the usual Pedigree, Shep Neame Spitfire and GK Abbot. And some of the pumps change to have festival ales available when the JDW festivals are going. Usual Wetherspoons food menu and although the beer and food prices are higher than in a normal 'spoons, they are not outrageously inflated compared to other airport eateries.

On 26th November 2010 - rating: 6
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