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This Wetherspoon's is no longer open. The unit still appears to be vacant. No doubt it was a victim of high rental prices, given the prime location.
blue_scrumpy - 18 Jan 2019 21:50
I really rate this Spoons. Always use the downstairs bar if you want speedy service and a better choice of beers.
tortoise68 - 29 Dec 2014 16:10
Not one of the best 'spoons I've visited but perfectly ok. We went for supper at about 6.30 on a Tuesday. Staff were a bit rushed and service for dinner a little slow but adequate. Food was a little below the usual Wetherspoon standard; I got the impression it had been under warming lights or something. Good selection of beers on tap. Fairly well heeled City crowd and very few 'Wethermen' (all day drinkers) in evidence, not surprising given it is not a residential area. The usual slightly cranked up prices, which is annoying but the place is still good value for the location. All in all not somewhere I would choose to go for a long session but perfectly ok for a quick cheap meal between work and going on somewhere else.
Hugh1971 - 18 Sep 2013 12:29
The building itself looks slightly better on the inside than the horrible outside. Bar staff can be friendly but depends if it's busy and they may be rushed off their feet. Food and drink are slightly (around a pound) more than Wetherspoons pubs in other parts of the country. It has a good range of beer and the food is standard Wetherspoons fayre. The downstairs part can get very noisy with people speaking so it's best to stand upstairs.
IMG1975 - 13 Oct 2012 09:34
I needed to use their loo but out of courtesy I had a beer as well - Silver Stallion from Cotleigh was fine and the barman was actually quite friendly for a Spoons! Hideous building but it serves a purpose I suppose.
mcroyal - 7 Jul 2011 20:21
This place was never going to to be fukll of character given where it is (under a modern office block) but echoing comments below it is a normal Spoon's in fact above average I'd say. Beer has always been decent and regular selection of guest ales. Decent clientele as well. Can't comment on the food though. Keep up the good work Tim.
paddyrussell - 21 May 2011 13:44
This is a nice, comfy Spoon. It's not up to the Crosse Keys, but it's clean, the service is good, the downstairs bar has eight pumps, at least six of which are devoted usually to ales (the other(s) being for cider). Also the ale is cheaper than the Crosse Keys and the Hamilton Hall (which is on the duff side), £2.45 a pint rather than £2.65. Certainly a welcome stop for a pint or two after an afternoon at the Globe or a spot of shopping at the Tesco. Spoons don't offer pub heaven, but this is a nice compromise.
Charno - 13 Sep 2010 17:34
Decent enough 'spoons. Nice interior and fairly spacious downstairs. Was very quiet even for a Tuesday evening when I was in there but i'm assuming it was down to the England game being on.
telephones_and_toliets - 7 Sep 2010 23:02
Decent enough Spoons. Pint of Naylor's Merlin's Revenge on Wednesday was excellent. Same beers upstairs and downstairs.
GuideDogSaint - 2 Jul 2010 19:58
OK rub-a-dub. Can't add any more than that!
Oakman100 - 20 Apr 2010 18:19
Cannot answer the question from The_Final_Arbiter , I asked at the bar and they said he wasn’t in on the pre Christmas evening of my visit.
Who was in was an interesting mix of salty builder types, students and suited city types. Some of which may have been intelligent, but quite a few in packs were braying loudly and trying their hardest to prove that the expression used by twineyboy below is an oxymoron.
Yes it’s a very large spoons on two levels, a large and sprawling underground bar area and then a smaller bar at ground level.
It’s housed in the small shopping area underneath the James Stirling designed eyesore at 1 Poultry, a building which was voted the fifth ugliest building in the City by Time Out readers. A stunning fact, when you consider that Time Out readers think there are four uglier buildings than this one.
And as for The Green Man, a typical Spoons décor and a bar with 12 handpumps dispensing the usual house ales and a fair choice of Christmas specials. I’ve been it a lot better Spoons, but then I’ve also been in a lot worse…

Gann - 20 Dec 2009 11:39
Was in here a few days ago and thought it was great.
Nice relaxed atmosphere upstairs and lots of hustle and bustle downstairs.
Good city pub
Recommended
cufc4 - 18 Dec 2009 21:09
Who's this Norman Spoon?
The_Final_Arbiter - 13 Sep 2009 21:36
Cant believe I've never posted this pub before even though it's my office local. Typical city Spoons so ignore the anti-spoons fan club comments. It does what it says on the tin. If it's so bad whys it always packed with intelligent city types enjoying reasonable priced food, decent real ale and reasonable surroundings. I'm not a member of the Spoons fan club and will criticise where criticisms due but I do feel that some BITE folk smell a 99p pint and become a bit paranoid. The GM is safe to visit - honest
twineyboy - 17 Jun 2009 01:00
Dropped in during the W'spoons beer festival - disappointingly few beers on so didn't stay long. Has novelty value in being subterranean and it's handy for the tube but that's all you can say for it.
chick - 4 Nov 2008 09:46
A rather soulless and characterless Wetherspoons set in an obscure underground shopping mall. The windowless interior and low ceilings make it feel rather dingy and claustrophobic despite the open plan layout. All the usual Wetherspoons features are present in the beer and food department but not a lot else. Tim Martin has publicly defended his chain against those who describe his pubs merely as “cheap places to get pissed” but to be frank, the Green Man is little else, although the higher than norman 'Spoon prices mean that it only just qualifies for that particular accolade.
RogerB - 8 Oct 2008 14:10
Run-of-the-mill 'spoons, rather gloomy downstairs, and not surpringly (given the location) charging at the upper end of this chain's prices (but still cheap for the City, though). Fair selection of beers on for the Spring real ale festival.
rpadam - 27 Mar 2008 22:58
Large sprawling two floored Wetherspoons that does what most Wetherspoons do. Not one of their better pubs despite the premium location.
Millay - 10 Jan 2008 17:25
I have visited a number of Wetherspoons in my time and do not consider this anywhere near the worse. (Please see Penderel Oak in Holborn). What I have found in the past is that they normally have a good selection of guest ales in this one which I sometimes find lacking in other Wetherspoons. Saying that my last visit was not great with three guest ales appearing to be on but turning out that two of them were off. The Damson Porter I had was OK though. Service was good with the barman being very apologetic.
TheHorsesMouth - 1 Jun 2007 08:15
One of JDW's more unappealing pubs. Gloomy reminded me of a converted underground station. Not much of a selection of real ales; had the one pint and left.
anonymous - 20 Sep 2006 14:19
Really scary stuff on the wall about The Green Man. I got frightened, ran off and got lost in Bank Tube Station.
Do Wetherspoons employ special people to drink in their bars? Every one i've visited has had the same looking people in it. 50 year old electricians with beards. Maybe there's some Union discount?
Dako - 3 Sep 2006 13:00
Worst Spoons I've been to, due to the rudeness of some staff members. I was acused of passing a forged tenner - yet this was one I had been given in change just minutes earlier! There was no apology, of course.

When I complained about a bad pint [frequent occurance]I was treated with suspicion, and again, there was no apology. The bar maid said - " I know nothing about beer, mate", like as if I was trying it on...

This pub is relatively cheap for the City, but it's worth paying a little but more to go elsewhere. I was a regular - as I normally love WobbleSpoons - but this is well below par. Their worst crime is that they can't even keep their regular ales properly. Add surly staff, bag thieves, and tasteless food for a pub to avoid. Shame, really. This should be a flagship for the brand - instead, it drags them down...
coolmccool - 17 Jul 2006 13:00
Professionals choice for "Breakfast" this,...oh, and if you actually wanna eat, they do serve a wicked fry-up for 1.99 before noon...(for the later starters amongst you....)
kmcs - 3 Jul 2006 11:18
The one saving grace of this place? It's quite cheap for the area. I've never had a decent pint in there though - stick to the bottled stuff if at all possible.
tim_eyles - 29 Jan 2006 21:38
Went there last night for the evening with some friends. Thursday nights are Weatherspoons curry nights - £5.99 for a good sized curry wih a pint. Bargain for £6 & my vindaloo had a meaty kck to it!

Seemed to be some beer festival on as there were about 97 beers on pump but I was on the black stuff which wasn't bad (when poured correctly).

Was busy & was a good atmosphere in there - even in non-smoking area. The main bar area it didn't seem that smokey which was good.

All in all, had a nice cheap evening - beer, food & conversation - what more do you want?
BeerGuru - 4 Nov 2005 12:31
an absolute atrocity. offensive to every notion of civilisation...that said it's dark and the vino is cheap. and its got loadsa fruities for kieran.
tanderson7 - 6 Apr 2005 10:00
Unpleasant, dingy pub with one or two very rude members of staff. JDW at its worst. Avoid.
KrisD - 30 Mar 2005 12:05
Not bad, not great but not bad. Very large, standard Wetherspoon's (cheap drinks, expensive food) but still quite cheap for drinking in Central London, if you can find it hidden away under Poultry. 6/10
Steven - 27 Jul 2004 18:13
Not nice. This is the kind of pub frequented by the kind of people that spend all day in the pub. In it's old location in Bucklersbury, it used to serve excellent Boddingtons from the barrel, but 15yrs have past since then. Bucklersbury has now been paved over by Palumbo's pink palace, and the Green Man is dark and dingy buried in their basement. It's size is handy if you're throwing a party, but otherwise it's average.
Simon - 2 Jul 2004 13:25
It’s cheap (for London) and there are about 4 squillion fruit machines so ideal for killing an hour’s lunch break… oh and it’s HUGE
Dan - 14 Jun 2004 15:34
Situated in the basement of the "1 Poultry" shopping centre, this is a standard Wetherspoons fare, but with a Central London premium on the beer and food prices.
loz - 26 Apr 2004 14:01

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