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The Quarter Jack (JD Wetherspoon), Wells

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18 Priory Road
Wells
BA5 1SY
Phone: 01749836930
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J D Wetherspoon

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Pub SignMan left this review about The Quarter Jack (JD Wetherspoon)

This is a mid-sized Wetherspoons pub on the edge of town, located in a former furniture and antiques store. Entering via a small front patio garden area with some basic garden furniture facing a moderately busy road, you find yourself in a wide seating area across the front section of the pub. This area has a mix of carpeting and extremely scuffed floorboards, with a odd layout over to the right, where bare brick walls broken up by partitioning create a series of partly hidden spaces that offer a bit more privacy than you’d expect in your average ‘Spoons. By way of contrast, the left-hand side is much more open, with plusher furnishings, wood panelled walls and a glazed screen partitioned side room. Standard table and chair seating fills most of the front section of the pub and there are a few nice arty bits on the walls along with the usual ‘Spoons local history boards, although even these have been presented more smartly than in the majority of their other pubs. The room narrows a little as you approach the bar area, which sees the servery run along the right-hand wall with high tables and stools through the centre of the room and bench booths down the left side. The bar has a modern counter and bar back, both of which have been quite brightly lit, making it a strong focal point for the room. Some more standard seating options are available towards the rear, as the pub kind of peters out somewhat in this fairly nondescript space. Doors to the left lead out to the beer garden that has some really cool looking seating built into some upturned giant rings.
There was a decent Friday night crowd in when we visited, but we were able to find a table without too much fuss and found the staff extremely helpful and attentive, in sharp contrast to several other Wetherspoons visited post-lockdown. The ‘Spoons app listed a limited ale range comprising three ‘Spoons regulars and just the one guest ale. I found it impossible to look past the Theakstons Old Peculiar at a mere £1.69 a pint and found myself sinking a couple of these over the course of our visit. We’d also decided to have some food here as well and the dishes were the usual cheap and cheerful fayre.
This place really impressed with its excellent service and smart interior, both of which put it well ahead of the average Wetherspoons. It’s a shame that they fell down somewhat with the ale range, which I’m presuming was reduced to reflect the smaller customer turnout in the post-lockdown world, although I enjoyed my Old Peculiar very much. Overall, I really enjoyed this visit and thought this was one of the better pubs from my few days in Wells.

On 25th November 2020 - rating: 7
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Aqualung . left this review about The Quarter Jack (JD Wetherspoon)

The Quarter Jack is just over three years old now. It consists of a T shaped room with the wide part at the front and the main area where the bar is on the right being long and narrow and the paed patio with the sedtions of tunelling as shelters on the left. I noticed the food clubs here were a bit expensive but the other food prices looked about average. It was doing a reasonable trade on my Thursday afternoon visit
The bar has two sets of five hand pumps which had three available soon, the JDW Trio Of Doom doubled up leaving a solitary Everard's Ascalon as the only ale option worth bothering with and it's a beer that was supposed to commemorate St George's Day the previous Sunday! I went for a cider instead, Sam's Cheddar Valley (£2.40) which was a proper orange cloudy Somerset cider that resembled a pint of tomato soup without the red food colouring.
This seemed like it could be a decent Spoons but the solitary viable ale option makes it a joke for me and a complete waste of time. I certainly wouldn't return.

On 28th April 2017 - rating: 3
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Quarter Jack (JD Wetherspoon)

A new Wetherspoon’s opening in a building that was originally part of the bus depot but has been empty for some years, this has been in the planning for a considerable time having met with much opposition from locals NIMBY’s who want to see Wells remain a sleepy backwater rather than progressing in to the 21st Century. Much of the opposition seemed ill informed, including the neighbours of my in-laws who were vehemently opposed, despite having never set foot in a ‘Spoons.

It consists of one single L-shape room with a long bar counter on the right, although there is also a small snug off to the left with a glass partition. Décor wise it follows the recent JDW formula, with a slightly more contemporary look than some of the company’s older outlets. The central area has a pale parquet wood floor with trestle style tables and black leather chairs. Elsewhere the flooring is a mixture of carpet and tiling, whilst the paintwork is mostly battleship grey. There is also some exposed brickwork and quite a lot of dark slatted wood panelling on the walls as well as a number of pictures of the local area and notices regarding the local history including details of an old river that runs under the pub and the clock on the nearby cathedral from which the pub takes it’s name. An unusual feature was the “cellar” at the rear of the pub which was a sectioned off room with glass walls providing a clear view of the stillage.

Food wise, the menu offered the usual extensive range and my Pulled Pork Burger with Barbeque Sauce, Fries and Coleslaw was tasty enough and very good value I thought at £6.89 including a pint. It’s early days yet as this was the first Saturday of opening, but overall I was quite impressed. Staff seemed friendly and on the ball and this is a welcome addition to the local pub scene. The only downside was the temperature which could definitely have been a few degrees warmer. It’s seemed odd to have the air conditioning on, but not the heating, in the middle of January. Hopefully these are just teething problems.

Beers on tap were the usual Abbott Ale, Ruddles Best and Old Speckled Hen. These were joined by Bishop’s Finger and RCH Pitchfork. London Pride was apparently coming soon. Ciders were Strongbow, Stowford Press and Thatcher’s Gold.

On 27th January 2014 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Blackthorn _
Castle Cary, 11.2 miles, 3 hr 36 min walk (show)
Bruton, 13.22 miles, 4 hr 15 min walk (show)
Highbridge & Burnham-on-Sea, 16.01 miles, 5 hr 9 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Quarter Jack (JD Wetherspoon), Wells
25th Nov 2020, 14:32
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
15th Apr 2020, 20:22
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 18 January 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 18 January 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 19 January 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 18 January 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 27 April 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : Yes - pay and display - last updated 18 January 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 18 January 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Darts : No last updated 18 January 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 27 April 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Function Room : No last updated 27 April 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 18 January 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Jukebox : No last updated 18 January 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Karaoke : No last updated 27 April 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : No last updated 27 April 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 18 January 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Micropub : No last updated 20 November 2015 by Blackthorn _
  • Pinball : No last updated 18 January 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pool Table : No last updated 18 January 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 27 April 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 18 January 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 27 April 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 18 January 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 18 January 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
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