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Yates, Torquay

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15-16 The Strand
Torquay
TQ1 2AA
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Quinno _ left this review about The London Inn (JD Wetherspoon)

One of two Spoons in Torquay, this is the bog-standard JDW converted from a hotel. Long interior over two levels, wood cladding with mirrors inlaid to left and a fake library to the right. A bit battered inside, much like the JDW menu (ho ho). Some of the tables were pretty minging. Loads of staff, quite friendly though faintly clueless as illustrated by the World Cup wallchart which showed knockout games that never occurred. 10 pumps though two were off (not labelled as such). My Dartmoor IPA was in good nick. Cheap prices even by Wetherspoons usual standards. Returned a couple of times during the break for a food and lemonade pit-stop before returning to our B&B, no complaints about the grub - in fact I’m pretty sure I got two portions of the Dragon’s Breath curry…

On 27th July 2014 - rating: 6
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Ale Monster left this review about The London Inn (JD Wetherspoon)

This is an old Georgian building with nice moulded stone work which was called the Royal Hotel between 1833 and 1997 due to a visit by Princess (and future Queen) Victoria, it has been owned by JD Wetherspoon’s since 97 when it reverted to its previous name of the London Inn. The interior is on two floors, ground floor at the front and first floor at the back, both floors have their own bar counter, the first floor is also on two levels. First impressions when entering this pub are that it is a fairly standard JDW with the long grey marble topped bar counter along the back half of the left hand wall and large mirrors on the front half of the left wall, couple of Georgian style wood panel supporting pillars towards the back of the room, patterned carpeted floor with tiles just in front of the counter, standard pub furniture laid out in a dining area fashion, a fake looking library in the right wall, a large flat screen TV in the front left corner and some framed local history on the walls. But unusually the very back of the room has a wide staircase which leads up to the first floor, this has a second smaller wood bar counter along the left wall, a second level across the back and right hand side of the room which is up a couple of steps, high ceiling with a large central sky light, more standard pub furniture, a large flat screen TV on the front wall near the stairs and some nautical paintings on the walls. The staircase itself is quite interesting as it has three very large paintings of late 18th century Royal Navy ships in battle and two ships figure heads high up on the walls.

Regular ales are currently Abbot Ale and Ruddles Best with up to six changing guest beers which on this occasion were Dartmoor IPA, Cotleigh Golden Seahawk, Teignworthy Reel Ale, Bays Topsail and Gold (Cask Marque). I tried halves of the Seahawk and Reel Ale and found them to be ok, not a bad local selection to be fair.

This is a decent Spoons which has a more traditional façade and décor than the Green Ginger (Lloyds No.1) a little further down the road at the beginning of the pedestrian high street. If you are looking for somewhere more genuine and intimate with decent food and a good selection of real ale then try the Hole in the Wall just over the road. This place is nothing special but it serves its purpose well enough, I would return to this JDW if the kids were with us or as part of a pub crawl with friends.

On 15th February 2013 - rating: 7
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Gill Smith left this review about The London Inn (JD Wetherspoon)

Felt this was the better of the 2 Wetherspoons when we visited on Friday. Busy but service was good. No problem with Dorset Piddle Silent Slasher.

On 1st April 2012 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Ale Monster
Torquay, 1.07 miles, 20 min walk (show)
Torre, 1.46 miles, 28 min walk (show)
Paignton, 3.37 miles, 1 hr 5 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 27 July 2014 by Quinno _
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  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 27 July 2014 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 07 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 27 July 2014 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 27 July 2014 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 27 July 2014 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 27 July 2014 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 27 July 2014 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 27 July 2014 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 27 July 2014 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 27 July 2014 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 27 July 2014 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 07 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 27 July 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 27 July 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 July 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 27 July 2014 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 27 July 2014 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 27 July 2014 by Quinno _
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