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The Old Gaolhouse (JD Wetherspoon), Winchester Central, Winchester

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11a Jewry Street
Winchester
SO23 8RZ
Phone: 01962850095
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Quinno _ left this review about The Old Gaolhouse (JD Wetherspoon)

As to be expected, there’s been no change internally in the last few years since I last touched down and Mullet Man continues to see how long a Spoons can go on without a deep clean and a lick of paint. Sadly the beer range was awful - all bar one of the guest beers were off and that was the none-too-lovely Caledonian Edinburgh Castle which was at least in decent nick. Now that the Albion is stocking lovely beer at cheap prices, there’s less need to come here now unless you want Wethergrub. Oh and yes, the building used to be (a long time ago) the prison governor’s residence and apparently the steps to the gallows are still in the cellar.

July 2011
The scruffy end of the 'Spoons spectrum, with a battered mid-90’s interior; refurbishing all these pubs is gonna cost Mullet Man a fortune in a few years. This is a large low-ceilinged rambling pub over two raised levels with little natural light permeating beyond the first 10 yards and the rear is very gloomy as a consequence. Ate here twice, fine both times. All the guest ales were from Itchin Valley last time I visited in 2007 but the selection this time was much better and my Saltaire was in excellent nick, impressively so for the time of morning I was in there. Barmaid during the most recent visit was much better than the usual JDW automaton. The only real character is if you get a seat at table two next to a window which has a view of painted prisoners (graffiti style almost) whilst affording views of a metal skeleton hung internally. Odd. Clientele are quite obviously chavvy, and I thought Winchester was one of those posh places you hear about? Rated 6

On 1st February 2017 - rating: 5
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Aqualung . left this review about The Old Gaolhouse (JD Wetherspoon)

I turned up to this Spoons at around 11:00 on a Thursday to find it almost empty so by default became the daytime brigade!
As noted below all the guff about any previous use is irrelevant as it's basically a shop conversion and with a standard guest ale price of £2.69 not the cheapest. I came to quite like it having returned later for a few reasonably priced pints and something to eat.
The bar has twelve hand pumps which had three unused, the IPA version of the JDW Trio Of Doom, Caledonian Thunder Trail, Marston's Old Empire, Hobgoblin, Milestone Boston Bitter, Upham Autumn Leaves and Three Castles Heritage. I went for the Old Empire which was excellent. I also noticed Oakham Green Devil IPA on keg (£3.55) which I tried later and was first class. £3.55 is expensive for a JDW but I spotted that Spanish rubbish San Miguel was being sold 10p dearer.
Despite the relatively high prices and three unused hand pumps I thought this was one of the better Spoons.

On 17th October 2016 - rating: 7
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Moby Duck left this review about The Old Gaolhouse (JD Wetherspoon)

March 2014
Its a Spoons. Not my favourite of haunts but this one wasn't anywhere near the worst I have been in. fairly typical in its make up ,well described by Steve below,the usual banks of flashing fruit machines and clientèle were in evidence.Thankfully it was the fruit machines flashing and not the clientèle. on the positive side a rarity for me where this chain is concerned my beer was in excellent form ,Revisionist Dark IPA, and the service was actually very good and friendly, a bit of a shock.The main reason for the visit was a pre beer festival breakfast which was adequate.So all in all not too bad a place.

On 17th April 2016 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Graham Coombs
Winchester, 0.42 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Shawford, 3.23 miles, 1 hr 2 min walk (show)
Chandlers Ford, 6.92 miles, 2 hr 13 min walk (show)
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8th May 2018, 16:56
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8th May 2018, 16:56
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  • CAMRA Discount : No - JDW vouchers only - last updated 22 April 2017 by Quinno _
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 22 April 2017 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 22 April 2017 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 22 April 2017 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 22 April 2017 by Quinno _
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