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The George (JD Wetherspoon), Croydon Town Centre, Croydon

17-21 George Street
Croydon
CR0 1LA
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J D Wetherspoon

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Bucking Fastard left this review about The George (JD Wetherspoon)

ORIGINAL REVIEW Jan 2011.

As others have mentioned ,this looks a typical Spoons but with an increasing focus on a decent range of ale.10 handpumps with three usual suspects London Pride,GK Abbott,and "Ruddles" bitter pleasingly augmented on my trip by Thornbridge Jaipur IPA and Kipling,three Dark Star brews (Hophead,Meltdown and Festival) together with Abbott Reserve and Dorking Brewery's DB Number One.
The front of the pub is more earthy and has a pubby feel.There are large pillars on both left and right handsides breaking up an otherwise large area into sections and this is where the drinkers congregate,near the front bar.Beyond here is a raised dining area which extends well back into the building with ranks of dining tables and some alcoves on both sides.It is however worth investigating the Top bar ,at the back of the building as the handpumps here carry beers not found at the front bar,usually two Dark Star brews.
You will be hard pressed to find lower alcohol prices anywhere else in Croydon .The beer variety and quality makes this a good place to include in any crawl around Croydon ,which over the years has developed a good real ale scene.

UPDATE

Oh dear.The old team have left ,and with them all hope of getting outstanding ale.The new management team no longer stock as regulars Burning Sky Aurora,Plateau or Thornbridge Jaipur although these are listed as regulars in the 2020 GBG.No sign either of ales from Oakham,Saltaire or high class Locales.Instead besides the trio of Doom,the other 12 handpumps will offer beers sourced under the very low Wetherspoons "clearing price" for a barrel meaning they will only offer as guests beer that is difficult to sell elsewhere.On my trip there was a 5% malty mess,another beer at 4.5% and 10 ales between 3.8% and 4.3% with little of any interest.This is now a bog standard 'spoons and not worthy of making any special effort to visit.A very sad day.

On 23rd September 2019 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The George (JD Wetherspoon)

The larger-than-expected interior is wholly unremarkable in appearance, but it is always very busy, particular at and around the front bar (which unfortunately is the one with the better range of beers from 11 handpumps). Best bet is to get your pint there and then move towards the back counter (with six - usually different - real ales available) which is a bit more civilised. Never had a bad pint here, and the Nottingham Rock Mild (£2.29) was excellent on my latest visit.

On 3rd June 2018 - rating: 7
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hondo . left this review about The George (JD Wetherspoon)

Large 2 bar spoons that feels a bit formulaic bit does the job as part of a crawl.

On 27th October 2017 - no rating submitted
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
East Croydon, 0.36 miles, 6 min walk (show)
West Croydon, 0.6 miles, 11 min walk (show)
South Croydon, 0.92 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The George (JD Wetherspoon), Croydon
23rd Sep 2019, 22:32
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard
 
3rd Jun 2018, 10:36
Web Link submitted by Just a quick pint, then I'm off approved

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