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Captain Ridley's Shooting Party (JD Wetherspoon), Milton Keynes

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183-185 Queensway
Bletchley
Postal town: Milton Keynes
MK2 2ED
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Captain Ridley's Shooting Party (JD Wetherspoon)

Formerly the Bletchley Arms,now extended by 'spoons but the new name reference to nearby Bletchley Park is the best part.Initially a low ceiling,it's not vast but very popular,while beyond the bar it opens out into a more normal interior.
What got my goat was that the two ranks of 6 handpumps were serving the exact same ales with Doom Bar,GK IPA,Abbott and Ruddles Best all doubled up as were the guests Green Jack Lurcher Stout and Oakham JHB.I was then informed that there was a 1 hour wait for food and it became obvious that the wheels had fallen off here ,and it wasn't worth hanging about.
The locals were a rough looking bunch and the manager must have underestimated how popular the pub was going to be on New Years Day.
Not one of Tim's best.

On 1st January 2020 - rating: 5
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Aqualung . left this review about Captain Ridley's Shooting Party (JD Wetherspoon)

This is currently the newest JDW having opened on the 5th December 2017.
The report that the old Bletchley Arms had been demolished would seem to have been false as the front part of this new JDW is quite clearly the old pub. It has retained a small car park but at 10:00 on a Saturday morning it was full.
There is a patio area at the front and side as well as a fair sized paved and astroturf garden at the back that includes some wooden shelters. As noted below it's essentially open plan and the eating area at the rear looks like a new extension. Being a new JDW fixtures and fittings are better than average. There is some brick making memorabilia about and I noticed one tall table had some old telephone dials built into it. Another low table was divided into squares and was being used briefly for a game of chess. For some reason all guest ales were a "Manager's Special" at £1.69 rather than £2.29 so I stayed for a few.
The twelve hand pumps had one available soon, the JDW Trio Of Doom doubled up, Spitfire, Brains SA, Caledonian Bitter Winter, Horne's Black Antler and Loddon Ferryman's Gold. I went for the Black Antler and Ferryman's Gold which were both on the warm side but OK apart from that. Later I noticed that they had the local Concrete Cow MK IPA. As this was a new brewery for me and I'd only spent just over a fiver I went for that one regardless of price. It was £3.29, something of a hop bomb and even started to clear as it warmed up.
The old Bletchley Arms appears to have been a post war pub so isn't that interesting a building but Wetherspoon seem to have done as good a job here as can be expected and it was a well run and decent Spoons. The food prices are average to slightly higher than normal and it was doing a good trade with a mix of people. It would have got an extra point if the cask ales were cooler and there was a better less mainstream choice.
I would definitely come here again if I had any reason to return to the Milton Keynes area.

On 8th January 2018 - rating: 7
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Komakino . left this review about Captain Ridley's Shooting Party (JD Wetherspoon)

In Bletchley rather than Central MK itself, this has one of the more unusual UK pub names, but apparently relates to the covert name that MI6 spooks checked into nearby Bletchley Park in order to assess its feasibility for its forthcoming code-breaking operations, and there's plenty of paraphernalia regarding the latter dotted around inside. A small car park is out front and the room is semi-rectangular, extending from the bare-boarded front way out to a carpeted, conservatory-style back. The bar is centre-right, with a further, smaller conservatory bit facing. Beer-wise, Sharp's Doom Bar (x2), GK Abbot Ale (x2), Ruddles Best (x2), Wychwood Hobgoblin, Wychwood Hobgoblin Gold, Ringwood XXXX Porter, Naylor's Santa's Darkside, Stonehenge Rudolph and Kelham Island Pale Rider over two banks of six pumps. I was frustrated that the Kelham Island was "available soon" as I've heard good things on the forum pages here, but the XXXX Porter made up for it and at a wallet-soothing £1.15 for a half. Busy on my early afternoon visit and not much evidence of the daytime brigade which was a plus, however there did seem to be more 'play-it-safe' than 'adventure' on the ale front.

On 23rd December 2017 - rating: 5
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
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Bletchley, 0.58 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Fenny Stratford, 0.58 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Bow Brickhill, 2.02 miles, 39 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Captain Ridley's Shooting Party (JD Wetherspoon), Bletchley
1st Jan 2020, 18:13
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard
 
2nd Jun 2018, 16:37
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 23 December 2017 by Komakino .
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  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 06 January 2018 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 23 December 2017 by Komakino .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 23 December 2017 by Komakino .
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  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 06 January 2018 by Aqualung .
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 23 December 2017 by Komakino .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 23 December 2017 by Komakino .
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 23 December 2017 by Komakino .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 23 December 2017 by Komakino .
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