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The Gary Cooper (JD Wetherspoon), Dunstable Town Centre, Dunstable

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Unit 2, Grove Park, Court Drive
Dunstable
LU5 4GP
Phone: 01582471452
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J D Wetherspoon

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Gary Cooper (JD Wetherspoon)

Large 'L'-shaped 'spoons named after the Hollywood star nearby before emigrating to America with his family. Housed in one corner of the large modern Dunstable Centre development (with BBC Three Counties and the Grove Theatre as neighbours), this has a towering ceiling and full-height windows so feels light and airy. Some external tables can also be found overlooking the Grove House Gardens. Not much doing on the two banks of five handpumps, with the Cairngorm Trade Winds (just £1.89 on a Monday) being about the best of three beers and a cider as alternatives to the trio of Ruddles, Doom Bar and Abbot.

On 21st July 2019 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about The Gary Cooper (JD Wetherspoon)

This is a JDW situated on a corner location as part of a modern development which also houses the centre for BBC Three Counties radio. Unusually for the brand there is lots of natural light, courtesy of the two elevations having full height glazed curtain walling however as on this occasion there was an enormous virtual monsoon taking place we did not benefit.
Poor for a 'spoons as regards guest beers, only three I made it, repeated over both banks of pumps, we all went for the Purple Moose Elderflower Ale. Four pints for £7.60 with four vouchers was a redeeming feature of course.
Cavernous inside and very noisy due to poor acoustics and unchecked children, decor includes unusual metal objects fixed to the walls, large mirrors, exposed services plus a statue of Gary Cooper mounted on his horse.....certainly one of the more dubious associations of Wetherspoon pub naming.
Busy, functional and adequate, nothing more.

On 2nd October 2016 - rating: 6
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Aqualung . left this review about The Gary Cooper (JD Wetherspoon)

This place is definitely not one for the lover of old pub interiors. The building itself newly built in 2008 is picturesquely positioned opposite a massive ASDA supermarket and looks more like an out of town branch of B&Q or PC World than a pub. Inside it's a large single room which at least isn't dark as there are ceiling to floor glass windows all around. If you move around the bar to the right as you enter there is a staircase inevitably leading to the toilets. At the base of this staircase there is a sculpture of a cowboy character astride a horse which I assume is supposed to represent Gary Cooper an actor with very tenuous links to the town.
The bar has two banks of five hand pumps On my visit these had the two GK beers, Doom Bore, Broadside, Elgood's Cambridge IPA, Vale Red Kite & Gravitas, Wold Top Wold Gold, Stonehenge Pigswill and Red Squirrel Hopfest.
I went for the Elgood's Cambridge IPA (£2.20) which was in good nick but quite a boring pint which made me wish I had gone for the Wold Top beer.
This place is GBG 2015 listed but is also a Lloyds No 1 according to the Spoons web site but that also says that they close at 23:00 daily.
All the branding is Wetherspoon so maybe they wanted a Lloyds but couldn't get the late licence.
It had a full selection of beers with Locale options so gets my vote despite the hideous structure and location.

On 10th April 2015 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by elizabeth mcgraw
Leagrave, 4.12 miles, 1 hr 19 min walk (show)
Luton, 5 miles, 1 hr 36 min walk (show)
Harlington (Beds), 6.35 miles, 2 hr 2 min walk (show)
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