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The Red Lion (JD Wetherspoon), Crawley

Airside, North Terminal
Gatwick Airport
Postal town: Crawley
RH6 0PJ
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J D Wetherspoon

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Steve C left this review about The Red Lion (JD Wetherspoon)

I have been through the North Terminal a few times recently and I am yet to see the end of the bar queue finish within the Red Lion’s boundary, which is marked by an unmissable neon sign. Thankfully the staff are switched on so the wait is no longer than five minutes. The bar is stocked with standard and premium keg products and I counted five cask ale hand pumps. The usual JDW food menu is in place, but unsurprisingly the prices are inflated compared to the high street. The atmosphere is non-existent, but people don’t generally go to the airport to have a few beers. I suppose I’ve been in worse.

On 10th July 2017 - rating: 4
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Quinno _ left this review about The Red Lion (JD Wetherspoon)

North Terminal Spoons beyond public entry. Brilliantly gaudy signage greets you, a jumbo RED LION to be seen from the far end of the walkway. The bar upper is tile and wood with barrel ends jutting out. Cafe bar stylings in terms of furniture and decor. There is far too much seating squashed in making it a nightmare to get back and forth as people and their baggage get in the way. Also a large part of the place basically spills out onto the original concourse, so there’s little to no atmosphere. Five ales on from staid nationals - Pride, Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Hobgoblin, Doom Bar and Pedigree. Expensive by JDW standards, the Deuchars was £3.80 before discount and the Pride £4.20. Both of them were under-par, the Deuchars especially so, tasting of old tin cans. I didn’t, at least, encounter the appalling staff service levels that other reviews seem to have been blighted by. I have to admit I’d think twice before using this one again. At least it’s not Southampton airport bar, I suppose.

On 1st November 2016 - rating: 3
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Red Lion (JD Wetherspoon)

This is a Wetherspoons pub located airside in Gatwick Airport's North Terminal. Like most of Wetherspoons' airport venues, this place has an open plan feel, with blurred boundaries that result in people spreading out beyond the confines of the bar area and generally getting in everyone's way. The pub has been given a bright, modern café style look, with distressed floorboards through most of the bar area which also appear on the bar counter and some of the walls. The servery is to the rear, with a high windowed bar back with white tiles above and a large shelving system which holds various seemingly random glass, pottery and copper artefacts. The seating in the main bar area is predominantly high padded metal stools around small high tables, although some short padded bench booths can be found around parts of the perimeter. There is a large LED light display above the entrance that certainly makes the pub easy to spot from across the terminal building and should the bar area get too cramped, there is an overspill area across the walkway out front, which has some comfier seating and a few potted plants to liven things up a little.
I never really expect much when drinking in an airport bar, but I do expect some degree of competence from the staff, so it was a shame to see utter chaos at the bar, with staff selecting customers at random and an impromptu queue system forming at one end, provoking arguments between clued up pub goers and bemused travellers. I somehow managed to get served in amongst all this madness, but I was treated to an almost comical go-slow performance from the barmaid and easily the grumpiest service I've seen this year. I came away with a half of the Brewster's Et Citra Et Citra which was flat and slightly hazy but the prospect of having to head back to the bar was too much to bear, so I quietly struggled through it, cheering myself up with thoughts of my impending holiday.
A really dire experience then, and one which really didn't need to be so bad. The bar area is actually quite nicely set out and looks a lot better than many other airport bars I've found myself in, but the poor beer and staff attitude is unacceptable and if this is the best Wetherspoons can come up with, I'd rather go without the traditional 'last pint of ale' before flying out of here in the future.

On 28th November 2015 - rating: 2
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Gatwick Airport, 0.94 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Horley, 1.59 miles, 30 min walk (show)
London Waterloo East, 3.23 miles, 1 hr 2 min walk (show)
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25th Jun 2019, 09:52
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10th Jul 2017, 13:51
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
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  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No - JDW vouchers only - last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 18 December 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 30 December 2016 by Quinno _
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