Spoons is an all-round people pleaser and go to for many – but what venues are the best out of the bunch?
Wetherspoons has grown into a national icon, with more than 900 pubs across the country.
We have listed the 18 ‘Spoons’ pubs across SE London ranked in order of best to worst as voted by the customers themselves.
This is a list of all of them starting with the best reviews according to TripAdvisor reviewers when we combine ‘excellent’ and ‘very good’ reviews.
1. The Furze Wren in Bexleyheath – 164%
“Went to the Furze for a quick bite to eat, followed the Covid signs beneath our feet. Registered Track and Trace at my own pace. Got the chicken bites what a delight!
“Three portions of Halloumi man they taste groovy. The Triple B Burger was Beastly and boasting bear flavour.
“Sat at 76 we drunk double Hendricks! Have you tried there Raspberry and meringue gin? Man, that’s a sick thing! Left a tip because man it was a pleasant trip!”
2. The Gate Clock in Greenwich – 161%
– “We three middle aged locals had seen a free lunchtime Trinity Laban concert in St Alfege Church and were peckish so went direct to this modern, (mostly) student oriented pub. As usual it was busy at 14:10 but we found a table on a raised area by the main front door.
“We signed in on the Track and Trace app and ordered on the JDW app, using their free WiFi, our meal deals – two veggie all-day-brunches and a fish and chips with drinks included. In good time the drinks arrived and by 14:30 we were starting the meal itself which was good as usual, no complaints about the quality and it was such good value for money in a touristy place.
“Good friendly service. Food good and excellent value as usual. Just brilliant for a quick bite. Massive selection of drinks.”
3. The Flying Boat in Dartford – 146%
– “Cheap and cheerful – A handy place for a bite to eat which is inexpensive. The food menu is varied and caters for most people. The meal and drinks deals are a good option. Due to Wetherspoons popularity, it tends to be very busy here which can cause people to leave and eat elsewhere as they cant get seated.”
– “I have previously only written good things about this place. However, my most recent experience was anything but.
“It took ages to get the attention of one of the waiting staff, they look anywhere but at the tables where people are sitting trying to attract their attention. When finally the order was taken, there was another 27 minute wait for the drinks to be served. What should have been an enjoyable, relaxing couple of hours was more of a stressful experience..”
4. The Greyhound in Bromley – 134%
– “Excellent service, great approachable staff, app ordering available but staff are still available and friendly to help if required and food is outstanding.”
– “It’s just ok everything is as expected nothing amazing but is a bit of a wait for drinks. It has a nice roof top area which is a bonus but inside it’s typical spoons. Only major difference is its much nicer than the one round the corner.”
5. The New Cross Turnpike in Welling – 121%
– “Still as good as before Covid. Sensible measures in place and still focused on customers experience. Great menu and drinks selection all at very sensible prices. I would recommend using the app to make things even easier.”
– “I have been to about 100 Wetherspoons. The New Cross Turnpike is totally different to the normal ones. It is a superb pub ranking in the top five of the Wetherspoons I have frequented, It has all the virtues of Wetherspoons pubs (cheap drinks and food) but with the huge bonus of an exciting layouts.”
6. The Tailor’s Chalk in Sidcup – 100 %
– “Lovely service, the drinks are amazing and I love the environment! Special thanks to Jed who was there to attend to our every need, also Bill and Antonio who are so nice 🙂 Will definitely be a regular here. Really nice to see that social distancing measures are being used as well!”
– “First trip since lockdown for breakfast. In most areas it was good. The price was very economical and the quality reasonable. Only real complaint was mushrooms could have done with a minute more under the grill.”
7. The Richmal Crompton in Bromley – 77%
– Classic Wetherspoons, food is delivered very quickly and good quality. Can get a bit loud in the evenings but is perfect for families during the day. Good choice of food at a good price.”
– “Large and buzzy place opposite Bromley South Station and with spoons usual great range of beers. I visited on steak night and got a 10oz portion of gristle – even the steak knife wouldn’t cut through it. Manager replaced it with a smaller but better steak but someone needs to kick spoons meat suppliers, this was awful. My score reflects my experience, the pub is better than this.”
8. The Sovereign of the Seas in Petts Wood – 72%
– “Classic roomy ‘Spoons delivering exceptional variety at exceptional prices. Fine Ale at £1.79 per pint, compares with identical brew 30 mins away at central London train station at £5.59. Food is of good quality and great value. Can take a while to get served when busy. Easier to take a table and get personally served via the online app.”
– “Large, clean, and the food is excellent, as is the service. Fantastic value. If you want a quick meal, some good beers and all at a very low price you couldn’t do better.”
– “The service is awful, we sat down found a table, which had all the glasses, tissues, plates and leftovers from the previous people. The barmaid said we had 25 mins ish to wait for food, so they had time to clear this table.”
9. The Wrong ‘Un in Bexleyheath – 65%
– “Come to the pub regular and for me it is the best Wetherspoons in the area. Staff seem happy to be there, great and fast service. Good selection of beers. Keep it up guys.”
– “Sorry to say that since re-opening in August it has gone downhill. Food is not good – two lots of tummy upsets after eating main meals. Now we stick to small plates and they are fine.”
10. The Great Harry in Woolwich – 64%
– “For a Spoons, this place is OK. Food is as expected, staff are helpful and attentive for the most part. It’s large enough that you can find a decent seat.”
– “It’s fine. Standard menu and decor, pretty cheap, food arrived quickly and drinks are reasonable. It can get pretty busy and sometimes the sport on the TVs is a bit loud but otherwise, it’s fine.”
11. The Moon and Stars in Penge – 54%
– “Food is always tasty, drinks reasonably priced and the service is good, just a shame about the sticky tables.”
– “Ordered some food and drinks from the bar, food arrived promptly, however the drink hadn’t arrived yet. Understanding that this is a busy time for staff at the moment I waited around 15 minutes before asking a member of staff, who when I politely asked for help, gave me a dirty look and ran straight over to the table next to me and flirted with the two girls on it, completely ignoring me.
“Just found this extremely unprofessional and rude considering I only wanted to ask whether the order went through. Kira behind the bar was so polite and delivered the drink straight away once I asked her, she is a credit to your team…the male waiter/bartender on the other hand, is clearly just there for other reasons…”
12. The Brockley Barge in Brockley – 45%
– “A typical Wetherspoons, great value and great service. The bar staff are always friendly. Clean surroundings.”
– “Why is the breakfast served cold every single time? Someone needs to have a serious word with the chef, or chefs. This food is obviously pre-cooked and then left to stand, awaiting orders.”
13. The Edmund Halley in Lee Green – 37%
– “Food and service was good however no jacket potatoes or mustard available. Excuse on mustard was it all eaten at breakfast?”
– “As we entered the sign on the door said to wash our hands because of coronavirus.
“Great but the nearest water was in the toilet on the upper floor down a long alley. Alcohol gel by the door would’ve been great.
“The beer and staff were good. Then we came to order food on the app, nearly all the grill items were out off stock.”
14. The Banker’s Draft in Eltham – 36%
– “We had breakfast here before a visit to Eltham Palace. It is the smallest place in the Wetherspoons family. The place was busy with locals when we arrived. The staff were friendly and efficient, service was prompt and the food was good and extremely good value for money.”
– “We had a good breakfast and a friendly welcome. No coffee or tea machine. But it is offered at the end of the counter. It is more a local pub and not particularly welcoming from outside. We very rarely see people eating there and we pass it regularly. Would not be in a hurry to go back.”
15. The Capitol in Forest Hill and The Harvest Moon in Orpington – 34 %
Coming in joint at 15th place is the Forest Hill and Orpington site…
The Capitol – “Decent range of beers and lower prices but that’s where it ends. It’s a cool venue but it’s so blunted and dulled by the depressing atmosphere and tired furniture that you just want to down your drink and get the hell out! It would be a decent mid-sized music venue!”
The Harvest Moon – “We took out three grandchildren in for Dinner whilst offers were on, we ate well. The desserts were extra yummy, great for a cheap family night out, since then we’ve been back four times for the breakfast very nice and quick service, bar staff very friendly and helpful, we will be going back again this week.”
– “Funny smell. Well priced drinks though. A place to chill, I will probably be back if I’m drunk enough to want to revisit.”
16. The Watch House in Lewisham – 33%
– “I liked the Watch House a lot, it is a good old fashioned English pub with a good selection on beers on tap. The staff and the patrons are friendly, I would drop in every night for a few pints when we were staying in the village. I must say I enjoyed the ale, it is the taste of traditional English beer.”
– “Food was mediocre and the waiting times were awful. We waited 40 minutes for food followed by another half an hour for some pancakes! “Wouldn’t recommend coming here especially on a Sunday, it wasn’t even busy but always short-staffed.”
17. The London and Rye in Catford – 21%
– “We ordered the food and drink from the table on a phone app and the service was reasonably good. There were no surprises food-wise, it did what the menu said.”
“My pint of Doom Bar and the smallest jacket potato I’ve ever seen, which arrived some considerable while after it was ordered, was cunningly concealed under a pile of salad, and cost a total of just over £6.
“The cutlery seemed to smell of metal polish or something similar.
“The truth is the food wasn’t that good but it filled the gap.”