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The Green Ginger (JD Wetherspoon), Torquay

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Lloyds No. 1 (J D Wetherspoon)

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Green Ginger (JD Wetherspoon)

Modern 'spoons (mostly) housed in a distinctive rotunda at first-floor level above a Revolution bar, with a side extension and patio terrace connecting with the footbridge over the main seafront road. Rather gloomy inside away from the peripheral windows, and nothing much of interest in any part. The usual trio of Ruddles, Doom Bar and Abbot were available on both of the counters, but there are another four handpumps on the main bar offering Wild Blonde from South Hams (£2.15) as the only local cask ale plus three other less-usual beers from the likes of Banks & Taylor, Mauldon's and Coach House.

On 8th June 2019 - rating: 6
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Aqualung . left this review about The Green Ginger (Lloyds No 1)

This is an enormous JDW set in the thick of it on the Torquay seafront.
Having sold the London Inn to Stonegate it appears that this is no longer a Lloyds. I saw no Lloyds branding, the pub picture on the JDW web site shows Wetherspoon branding and there was no sign of any light rig, glitter ball or idiot booth inside.
It's been well described below but the interior has all the Lloyds trademarks, a modern interior plus an unfinished looking ceiling with exposed aircon stuff. It was doing a roaring trade on a sunny May Saturday afternoon.
The main bar has seven hand pumps and the smaller rear one three which were just duplicates. Beers available were the JDW Trio Of Doom, Black Tor Down Draught, Hanlon's Yellow Hammer & Port Stout and Bays Crocodale. I went for the Port Stout which was excellent.
Neither this place nor Torquay really appeals to me but it seemed OK.

On 22nd May 2017 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about The Green Ginger (Lloyds No 1)

A cavernous Lloyds No 1 branded JDW in a circular building with an attractive curved dome (underneath is a small shopping arcade). On a sweltering hot day the aircon in here was up to max, nice and cool and a blessed relief. Enter to the main bar area with another separate bar to the rear and elevated side patio which is quite tidy and affords a decent view of proceedings on the street. Modern interior as you’d expect, quite plush and nicely done. The large amount of glass means that it doesn’t suffer unduly from the usual JDW curse of Hobbit darkness. Point of note was an unusual inlaid glass case by the entrance lobby containing some spirit bottle miniatures and another further in containing some posh crockery. Good amount of ales at the bar, my Bay Rhino was in good shape though service was decidedly dopey. As a venue I preferred this to the other Spoons over the way but I guess it’s more a nightclub here after 8pm. Previously one of the defunct Bar Med chain.

On 27th July 2014 - rating: 7
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Gill Smith left this review about The Green Ginger (Lloyds No 1)

Busy Wetherspoons but service not bad. No problem with Everards Gallantry and Robinsons Enigma on Friday. When we left we noticed there was a balcony from an upstairs room with plenty of customers sitting out enjoying the sunshine.

On 1st April 2012 - rating: 7
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Ale Monster left this review about The Green Ginger (Lloyds No 1)

This is a large Lloyds No 1 (Wetherspoon’s) situated above a small shopping centre at the end of the high street, the interior is modern, open plan and on three levels. The main entrance is up a few steps from the high street and leads into a large circular room with the bar counter on the right, various size booths, shelves with vases and sculptures, a couple of flat screen TV’s and local history on the walls including information about the legendary comedian Peter Cook. On the right of the main room is a raised area that leads to a further L shaped room which is on the third level, here there is a second small bar counter, several tables, a couple of large flat screen TV’s and a door in the back left corner which leads out on to a small balcony and pedestrian bridge over the main road.

Regular ales are Green King Abbot Ale and Ruddles County with four changing guest beers which on this visit were Bays Gold, Bays Topsail, Teignworthy Harveys Best and Wychwood Hobgoblin. The Topsail and Harveys Best were good enough (Cask Marque).

Fairly standard Wetherspoon’s bar located in an interesting round building with lots of large windows and a domed roof, good selection of local ales and the food is reasonably priced as usual. I noticed ramps and mini lifts for wheel chair users. I like the previous reviewers comparison with a hotel lobby, bit too modern for my taste but not a bad place for a decent cheap drink and a meal.

On 3rd November 2010 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Green Ginger (Lloyds No 1)

This a typically large Wetherspoon's split across two levels with a bar in each. The overall appearance reminds me of a hotel lobby rather than a pub, although the dance floor obviously looks out of place. During the afternoon it's mostly populated with shopper's, but morphs in to something quite different in the evening with loud music, flashing lights, bouncers on the door, and serving until 3:00am.

Beers on this occasion were Ruddle's Best, Abbott Ale, Firefly, Ballot Box Beer, Stormstay and Bays Breaker. Ciders were Strongbow and the quite pleasant Marcle Hill.

On 10th May 2010 - rating: 4
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