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Dock

Sock it to em' J.D.

As the clientele of Wetherspoons has moved away from the dogshit rough demographic in many of their bars, I have been enjoying their range of real ales at vastly reduced prices. The Three Hulats in Chapel Allerton has at least six RA's on at any given time.

I was in the Park Row branch (Becketts Bank) last night with Middlesborough Anth and I noticed this upcoming promotion:

http://www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/ho...al-ale-and-cider-festival-2011-20

So for those of you like decent pop at decent prices get into your local Wetherspoons over the next few weeks. Last night me and Anth were on Kennet Valley Bitter by The Ramsbury Brewery. £2.15 a pint. Nom Nom!
Seal

The clientele rarely reaches the heights of dog rough down south mate. Probably cause  beer elsewhere is generally so fackin expensive I guess.

Anyway, perhaps you can confirm if the speed of service is glacial in JDWs up there too. I generally pre-order my pints the day before a budget, just in case I get caught by the price rise.
Dock

Re: Glacial speed of service.

I tend to be lucky in The Three Hulats. The staff always have an eye on who has been waiting the longest.
Seal

My local is the Elms, big old gin palace type pub. Nice place but the staff are like extras from Shaun of the Dead  
bearing

CIDER!!!
fartcatcher

Quote:
The Three Hulats in Chapel Allerton has at least six RA's on at any given time.


This is my local when i'm up in Leeds. It's nice for me to go somewhere with a bit of a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere. Particularly i'm more used to three yokels, a slot machine, and Britain's oldest barmaid for company.

you will probably have seen my sister in there. Or heard her anyway.
Plastic Man

Seal wrote:
The clientele rarely reaches the heights of dog rough down south mate. Probably cause  beer elsewhere is generally so fackin expensive I guess.


Perhaps, and this is a controversial idea thrown into this brain-storming maelstrom -  could it be also be a bit of a "that-bit-of-Essex" phenomenon?
Seal

Plastic Man wrote:
Seal wrote:
The clientele rarely reaches the heights of dog rough down south mate. Probably cause  beer elsewhere is generally so fackin expensive I guess.


Perhaps, and this is a controversial idea thrown into this brain-storming maelstrom -  could it be also be a bit of a "that-bit-of-Essex" phenomenon?


 You could be right. It is close to a council estate, which is doubtless bursting with unsavoury types.
bigbone

rumour has it, one opening in Ilkley soon.
sheeps

We have one in Ponte. Honestly.

The Broken Bridge. A reference to Pontefract, pontus fractus, or broken bridge. There is no history of a broken bridge in Ponte though. Nearest river at Cas.

Tis a good addition to Pontefracts thriving night scene, a better selection of beers than you will find elsewhere and snap on as well.

It was a supermarket previously.









lebowski

sheeps wrote:
We have one in Ponte. Honestly.

The Broken Bridge. A reference to Pontefract, pontus fractus, or broken bridge. There is no history of a broken bridge in Ponte though. Nearest river at Cas.

Tis a good addition to Pontefracts thriving night scene, a better selection of beers than you will find elsewhere and snap on as well.

It was a supermarket previously.


Been in the Robin Hood lately ?
sheeps

lebowski wrote:
sheeps wrote:
We have one in Ponte. Honestly.

The Broken Bridge. A reference to Pontefract, pontus fractus, or broken bridge. There is no history of a broken bridge in Ponte though. Nearest river at Cas.

Tis a good addition to Pontefracts thriving night scene, a better selection of beers than you will find elsewhere and snap on as well.

It was a supermarket previously.


Been in the Robin Hood lately ?


No, saw a bit in t' P n C recently about it. Not had the opportunity to try it.

I take it you have?
Dock

I was in The Three Hulats last night and they had six different brews by Roosters Brewery. I opted for the 'Stars n' Stripes' (2 x pints of). Most agreeable, and more to the point £2.25 a pint. I think its a city wide promotion for the Brewery. That is all.
Dock

In T'Hulats last night for a post-work drink of pop. Tried a new one for me. Saltaire's South Island Pale. £2.25 and an excellent tasting beer. I can highly recommend. That is all.
Dock

In Becketts Bank last night with Middlesborough Anth. Roosters 'The Last Stand'. Great pint and a great price £2.25. You can't go wrong. You really can't.
Late Doors

We are having a little birthday bash starting off in the Cherry tree tonight. I say starting off, they are, i'm starting at the usual, wont be following them around the circuit though. Ive got about 10  50p off vouchers left for wetherspoons as well, Happy Days, as if it isnt cheap enough. We get them as camra members but its quite contraversial amongst the beards and leather patches
Dock

In T'Hulats on Friday and they had on 'Chapel Allerton Bitter' by The Leeds Brewery. The barkeep told me they brew it for that pub only. Nice pint n' all.
Late Doors

Had a little solo wander around town on Saturday (LS not HD) to kill the extra 2 hours. Thought id use a few CAMRA JDs vouchers they give you as part of the membership. 5 branches in and around town and all quite different. I'm quite a fan of them but took on board what Mol had to say a while back about their market aspirations, domineering corporate tactics and regular clientele who would test the resolve of the most ardent bleeding heart.

The new arena is making slow progress behind the Merrion  center. Had a  little wonder around it. Looks to be a shallow but high audience arrangement to maximise the space presumably. It seems to have high tiers of banked seating blocks towering close to and above the stage area. They looked unfeasibly steep but its only early days yet.

The area is on the perimeter of Little London, not renowned for it's gentile strolling so i did a quick circular and headed into the Stick or Twist JDs annexed to the casino. Never been in before and i feared the worst given the area but it was fine. A huge long b'narrow layout plushly carpetted, spotlessly clean and the first impressions were of '70s homely comfort, the freshly vacced smell and roast dinner. I had a  hoppy pint of a Greenfield Brew called Dobcross served with a smile and cast a subtle eye around the place. A few old soaks littered the doorway smoking, their ashen  pallor  defying the colourful interior warmth, Groups of lads gathered and chatted, middle aged couples sipped and dined whilst two very presentable young at heart girls chatted next to me. The whole place had a locals feel and a relaxed friendly one at that. I would have stayed longer but a break in the spring shower led to some sunshine and i was away

Next up the Hedley Verity across from the Merrion center, the old lady of LS Central shopping. Ive got a vague impression of this impressive building being a club in a previous life. The high ethereal ceiling and the surrounding upper tier level combined with the general feel to bring a few hazy recollections of hazy desperation amidst mind numbing music and hopeless romantic aspirations, Quite different now (the place and me). The bar staff are a bit cheesy (enjoy your pint sir) but capable. Quite a few LU fans chatted in groups, the scarfe and sentient kind,( i hadn't reached Becketts yet  ) and all in all a very agreeable 20 mins with my pint of splendid Ilkley Gold. Onward to the Cuthbert Brodrick

Probably my least favourite JDs in town. Take away the superb vista outside and you are left with a dull, inhospitable and  atmosphere free place. Loads more towny folk in gave it an aural veneer of vibrancy at least and the usual good JD ale made it worthwhile

Becketts next. Another match day nightmare place. I like it any other time but on Saturday it was a sweaty heaving maelstrom of lairy packed solid early weekenders four deep at the bar, horrific, i was in and out like Jack Frost showing Flint how to apply reverse.

The JDs in the station is a typical transient railway station alehouse but there is something about the place that has a lifting quality. People are usually celebrating some small occasion. Going on holiday, coming home, setting off on a short break, finishing work. Occasionally you get a bunch of aresholes from out of town thinking they have just "taken the Gelderd end" if you forgive the quaint old euphemism, by just being there but other than that its a decent place with good ale.

So thats JDs in town. I still had time for a brace in the Grove on the walk up to the ground but thats another thread. I hope you now understand why there is no match thread
Dock

Good write up LD. I'll try the Stick & Twist again. Ages since I have been in. It used to be a right shit hole.

I'm meeting the Pontefract Plank in Becketts Bank on T'Thursday for a few glasses of pop.

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