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The Colombia Press (Lloyds No1), Watford Town, Watford

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72-74 The Parade, High Street
Watford
WD17 1AW
Phone: 01923811540
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Lloyds No. 1 (J D Wetherspoon)

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Colombia Press (Lloyds No1)

Lloyds No 1, with a large rectangular bar featuring a mix of furniture, distinctly modern decor and an industrial-looking ventilation system. Also has a few patio tables out front. DJ booth to rear, but just background music when I visited. Fair selection from ten handpumps, including Nethergate Old Growler (a bargain £2.20) and Broadside as a manager's special at a remarkable £1.70.

On 4th December 2014 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Colombia Press (JD Wetherspoon)

This pub, on Watford’s rather glum pedestrianised High Street, takes its name from the printing press used to print the first edition of the Watford Observer. Watford has a long association with the printing industry, but is perhaps just as well known nowadays as the headquarters of the Wetherspoons pub chain, of which this is one such example. The place is actually branded as a Lloyds No 1 outlet, but could quite happily sit alongside some of the more modern Wetherspoon branded pubs. You enter into a pleasant front seating space under large windows that don’t allow too much light in because of an awning outside that acts as a shelter for the decent amount of street-side seating. The servery appears on the right hand wall with a large neon sign on the bar back. A row of high tables and stools run opposite, between a series of large structural pillars that break up the room a little. Comfier seating can be found along the left hand wall underneath a selection of swirly modern artworks. Beyond the bar is a wooden floored seating area with comfy padded banquettes to the left, padded high backed benches to the right and standard tables and chairs in between. A DJ booth in the rear corner acts as confirmation that this is indeed a Lloyds Bar. To the rear, a carpeted space provides overspill seating, mostly in the shape of high tables and stools. The whole pub has been painted in a fairly neutral colour scheme and feels a bit bland, with the odd TV screen here and there showing Sky Sports News breaking up the monotony.
I counted ten handpulls which were dispensing six guest ales, three ‘Spoons regulars and one cider. I gave the Vale Wytchert a try and thought it was in excellent condition and was a little surprised to find that the pub hadn’t been listed in recent editions of the Good Beer Guide. The staff were friendly enough, having just fought their way through the worst of the pre-match rush prior to a game at Vicarage Road.
I found this place smart and clean but a little lacking in character which made settling down difficult. It’s not that easy finding good beer around town, so this may be worth visiting out of necessity rather than anything else, but I think next time I’m in the area, I’ll give the other ‘Spoons a chance.

On 15th October 2014 - rating: 6
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Aqualung . left this review about The Colombia Press (JD Wetherspoon)

This is the smaller of the two Spoons in Watford High Street and is a Lloyds No 1 so they had quiet background music on. On my "early doors" visit there was only one other punter, another old git who appeared to be falling asleep over his coffee.

It's the usual shop conversion but has a wooden floor rather than the customary carpet and together with the trendy lighting, exposed air conditioning ducts and flashing gaming machines it looked more like Dr Who's Tardis than a pub.

All six pumps were in use and in fact had a much more imaginative selection than the larger nearby Spoons with eighteen pumps. I could have had any four of the six on offer but settled for the Yeovil Glory at £2.09 which was in good nick.

This place was better than I expected it to be but I'm not sure that I'd like it of an evening, especially at the weekend.

On 8th March 2013 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Clive Thompson
Watford High Street, 0.61 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Watford Junction, 0.71 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Watford Junction, 0.71 miles, 13 min walk (show)
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4th Dec 2014, 22:56
Review submitted by Just a quick pint, then I'm off
 
15th Oct 2014, 18:39
Review submitted by Pub SignMan

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  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 17 June 2014 by ROB Camra
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  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 15 October 2014 by Aqualung .
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  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Function Room : No last updated 21 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 16 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Micropub : No last updated 21 December 2015 by Aqualung .
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 16 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 15 October 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 30 December 2013 by Clive Thompson
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 16 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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