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The Spread Eagle, Stafford

Eaton House Watling Street
Gailey
Postal town: Stafford
ST19 5PN
Phone: 01902790212
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Carvery (Marstons)

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E TA left this review about The Spread Eagle

Currently owned by Marstons, the pub is part of a motel complex, a bit like a Premier Inn. As mentioned below there is plenty of parking but very little in the way of garden other than a large adventure playground and a small smoking area. It's primarily aimed at passers-by and families, consequently lacking in any kind of pub atmosphere. The staff were reasonable, although one young man who knew it all refused to accept that beer should not look like whipped cream when it came out of the tap. There was a large population of carvery diners, most of them reasonably normal human beings, but a significant minority of obese children and their overweight mothers. Few fathers were in evidence. There was also a large crowd of coffee drinkers – actually a good thing as it helps pubs to stay open. Beers on were all from Marstons – Pedigree, Hobgoblin and Hobgoblin Gold, all desperately over-gassed but palatable once the froth had settled and they'd been topped up. OK if you like mass produced slop, half-decent carveries or need a pit-stop, and it's an acceptable choice if overnighting here or at the nearby Gailey Marina.

On 7th November 2017 - rating: 5
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Spread Eagle

ORIGINAL REVIEW Sept 2012
Once you are through the entrance door you are met by a sign "Please wait here to be seated".I asked if it was possible to have a drink beforehand and the two small high tables to the right are for that very purpose.They were already taken.You cant stand at the curved bar to drink either,this area is for ordering either drinks or food only.However ,if you wish you can always be led to a table and then open a tab at the bar and drink as much as you like before dining,which is what the three of us did.
The regular real ales are Banks's Bitter and Marstons Pedigree while the two guests will be from the Marston's portfolio of breweries ,sadly both these options were off during my visit.However,I did notice a lot of care being taken when changing a barrel and my Pedigree was in top condition,as good a Ped as I have had anywhere and at £2.90 reasonable value in a food orientated pub.There is a lot of ale turnover which must also help keep pints fresh.
As others have mentioned the interior is vast and lacking atmosphere.The young bar staff,although efficient,engaged in a lot of banter with each other and hormones were racing.
This is probably a pub that is more fun to be working in,rather than eating in;my meal was indifferent but the decent beer helped make up for the pub's other failings.

UPDATE
The "wait to be seated " sign has gone,it's all a lot more relaxed now so just sit anywhere to drink and order food at the bar stating table number.No sign of any guest ales from the Marston portfolio breweries,just a simple choice of well kept Pedigree or EPA.The menu is now firmly at the value end of the market,available until 10pm while there is a daily carvery until 9pm.Functional sort of place.

On 16th April 2014 - rating: 6
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Oggwyn Great left this review about The Spread Eagle

As previously stated this is a large family dining pub and is a pretty soulless place , very busy on my visit(virtually all familys dining) but service was good and friendly enough , 3 ales on Marstons Old Empire and Pedigree along with Bankss Bitter , the Old Empire and Bankss Bitter were OK if served a little cold .
The food was decent enough value (carvery very good)
Overall it was OK for a bit of Sunday lunch with friends but would not bother if just out for a drink

On 12th December 2010 - no rating submitted
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Penkridge, 2.27 miles, 43 min walk (show)
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27th Jul 2019, 22:22
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27th Jul 2019, 22:22
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  • Accommodation : Yes - Premier Inn - last updated 27 October 2017 by E TA
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 27 October 2017 by E TA
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 27 October 2017 by E TA
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 27 October 2017 by E TA
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 27 October 2017 by E TA
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 11 August 2013 by Oggwyn Great
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 27 October 2017 by E TA
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 11 August 2013 by Oggwyn Great
  • Jukebox : No last updated 27 October 2017 by E TA
  • Karaoke : No last updated 27 October 2017 by E TA
  • Live Music : No last updated 27 October 2017 by E TA
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 27 October 2017 by E TA
  • Micropub : No last updated 27 October 2017 by E TA
  • Pinball : No last updated 27 October 2017 by E TA
  • Pool Table : No last updated 27 October 2017 by E TA
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 11 August 2013 by Oggwyn Great
  • Real Cider : No last updated 27 October 2017 by E TA
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 27 October 2017 by E TA
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 27 October 2017 by E TA
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