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The Talk of the Town (JD Wetherspoon), Paignton

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46-52 Torbay Road
Paignton
TQ4 6AL
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J D Wetherspoon

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Talk of the Town (JD Wetherspoon)

Looks like an old-school 'spoons, with dark furniture and decor and gloomy lighting away from the front and back windows, but the conversion from two shops (themselves converted from a pair of villas) was undertaken by a previous pub operator before its acquisition in 2010. The central bar area is raised slightly above the seating / dining areas by the front doors and along the rear section (which has a narrow patio terrace beyond). My hopes weren't raised too much by seeing Dartmoor Jail Ale alongside Ruddles, Doom Bar and Abbot on the first bank of four handpumps, but the other set featured Salcombe Lifesaver, Jurassic Gas Tank IPA, Long Man Copper Hop and Vale Gravitas which certainly exceeded my expectations, especially as they were all just £1.99.

On 8th June 2019 - rating: 7
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Aqualung . left this review about The Talk of the Town (JD Wetherspoon)

Paignton's second Spoons dates from 2010 and is a lot closer to the seafront so is likely to attract the tourists rather than locals. Inside it's a roughly square open plan, split level room with the bar on the right and a low ceiling that makes it rather dark. I was here on a sunny but breezy May Saturday so it wasn't being overrun.
This one only has eight hand pumps which had the JDW Trio Of Doom, Dartmoor Jail Ale, Marston's Old Empire, Wild Weather Go Man Go, Hanlon's Firefly and Hambleton's Stallion Amber. I went for the Old Empire (£2.65 but marked at £2.79) which was excellent. This one seemed OK to me but I could imagine it being a nightmare on a sunny day during the school summer holidays. The other Spoons is much more of a local one and better.

On 22nd May 2017 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about The Talk of the Town (JD Wetherspoon)

GBG 2014 listed JDW but oh my, what an awful place. Enter at street level with a small bar, then up steps to a larger raised area with a relatively low ceiling, then back down some steps to another seating area overlooking a park. Some teenage incompetent serving who clearly knew nothing about anything and had the brain-power of a lobotomised woodlouse. Half a lemonade and half an ale (which took he ages to locate) somehow became a pint of shandy. No son, don’t want that…repeat order s-l-o-w-l-y. Eventually it sank in but of course for extra comedy he poured the lemonade without checking for ice/slice combo and managed to spill half of the ale before it made its way to the counter. No extra marks for the other staff member who had evidently given up and was hiding elsewhere. Numerous tables were cluttered with long discarded food utensils; those tables that were clear had a residue of ingrained stickiness akin to an unwashed cooker hood after two years use. The carpet was littered with rubbish. The flashing lights from the numerous fruit machines against the low ceiling made the place feel like a cross between a disco and a 1960’s LSD trip. The Wi-Fi didn’t work. Ale-wise, three guests though ludicrously all 5%+ abv. What a dump but sums the worst elements of Paignton up perfectly. Now second in the list of the worst Wetherspoons I’ve ever been in which is some feat given the Bright Helm was the lowest of the low. At least the ale I eventually ended up with was relatively drinkable. The only reason this place is the talk of the town is that people with any sense are trying to avoid it.

On 2nd August 2014 - rating: 2
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Ale Monster
Paignton, 0.22 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Torquay, 2.28 miles, 43 min walk (show)
Torre, 3.13 miles, 1 hr 0 min walk (show)
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8th Jun 2019, 09:23
Review submitted by Just a quick pint, then I'm off
 
2nd Jun 2019, 17:11
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 04 August 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Patio - last updated 04 August 2014 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No - JDW vouchers only - last updated 04 August 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 22 May 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 22 May 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 04 August 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
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