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The White Swan (JD Wetherspoon), N1

255-256 Upper Street
N1
N1 1RY
Phone: 02072889050
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J D Wetherspoon

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Tris C left this review about The White Swan (JD Wetherspoon)

With Swan Yard visible to the rear, this was originally the Swan, dating back to the 19th century, destroyed along with the neighbouring Cock Tavern (rebuilt as the [Famous?] Cock), Highbury station and hotel and the end of Compton Terrace, killing 26 and wounding 150, when the area was struck by a German V1 at 12.46 pm on 27th June 1944. The current office building was built in 1962, with ‘spoons opening on 20th December 2000.
This used to be a bit of a kicking off ‘spoons, but this seems to be at bay, possibly due to the door staff. With the [Famous?] Cock next door, a McDonald’s and newly pedestrianised area, occupied by many of the less fortunate in life, this isn’t a great place at all and I only really popped in as I was busting for a pee, having studiously avoided a visit for 23 years. The interior is very large with a mezzanine, but it’s by no means the largest of the breed. It was almost empty and a bit tatty, with the descriptions below probably still applicable, certainly rather dated. A group of young drinkers was in, along with a very forlorn looking women sitting at a table, static and staring off into the distance.
The ale selection was poor too, the Greene King/Doom/Pride coven at one end of the bar, then two unused and just Ghost Ship and Sambrook’s Pumphouse at £1.25 a half and decent.
It you’re up for ‘spooning, the Coronet’s not far from here, likewise the Angel and are far better; with a short bus ride, the Rochester Castle has one of the best ale selections for quite some distance with, at the time of writing, Pumphouse at £1.99 a pint.
I’m not a fan of ‘spoons at the best of times and this is one of the worst.

On 16th January 2022 - rating: 3
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Graham Coombs left this review about The White Swan (JD Wetherspoon)

Large modern Spoons with an almost seaside feel to it. The bright interior features a wavy design, repeated throughout, and a wavy balcony holding an upstairs area. For some reason they had 4 Nethergate ales on at time of visit, plus a couple of Sambrook's and the usuals. Quite pleasant on the whole, although by the time my friends appeared two of the beers had died and various of the food was off, which raises a query on the management and loses a mark.

On 5th December 2019 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The White Swan (JD Wetherspoon)

A spoons set below a 70's office block,there is a small outside patio before entering the body of the pub.Spacious at the front,there is a curved balcony to the upstairs section and the bar also mirrors this curved design.The furniture is identikit 'spoons,while the rear of the building is a quieter section below a lowish ceiling.
Two ranks of five handpumps with the trio of doom GK IPA (doubled up),Abbott and Doom Bar leaving on my trip guests Truman Runner,Adnams Broadside,Sambrooks Junction,Westerham Olicana Single Hop (good nick) while Westerham Viceroy IPA was still clipped but I was informed had run out.Not too bad a range ,and not too bad an interior so worth popping in given that real ale option will be limited as you walk south on Upper Street.

On 18th August 2018 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Highbury & Islington, 0.1 miles, 1 min walk (show)
Highbury & Islington, 0.1 miles, 1 min walk (show)
Essex Road, 0.49 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The White Swan (JD Wetherspoon), N1
16th Jan 2022, 18:38
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
15th Jan 2022, 18:28
Review submitted by Tris C

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