51-57 Chertsey Road
Woking, England, GU21 5AJ
United Kingdom

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3.78/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

With a healthy walk through the Surrey Hills under our belts, and some seven Country Pubs behind us, it was time to head to the gorgeously attractive Godalming Station with its long sweeping platform to take a train to Woking, and change there for a bus back to Esher thanks to weekend Engineering work on the tracks.

With the screwed up train system our replacement Bus Service stopped at Woking Railway Station to allow us to get back to Esher. However, with the disappointment of the poor beer range at the Red Lion in Godalming, it seemed that BA RichLightWeight was intent to make up for this, so the with time on our hands and the option of several future buses to get home, the chance to hit up one of the better Wetherspoon’s in Surrey was not to be missed.

It is a very short walk from the Railway Station, and the accompanying Bus Bays, so the close locale of this Wetherspoon’s to the travel interchange has resulted in an alternate christening of this bar, its unofficial name is the “Waiting Room”.

Large window frontage has the classic look of Wetherspoons. A vast interior with opened out spaces but lots of tables and chairs surround the large bar which is set at the back against the wall. Seemed reasonably busy on our visit and the smoke extractors were not working too well it seems, the air was heavy with cigarette smoke as we walked through to the bar, where it cleared up a little. Large dark wood bar and the usual Wetherspoons décor, nothing out of place but closer inspection revealed some torn and knocked about furniture. The interior is obviously well used and is probably showing its age a bit. Most Wetherspoon’s tend to have a local theme or one associated with the former use of previously unlicensed premises. I am not sure what the link is here but the theme is H.G.Wells and a Time Machine and Invisible Man spoof form part of the décor.

Some Ten Handpumps dispense around five Regular Beers and up to four or five Guest Beers. The mainstays include Shepherd Neame Spitfire, Marston’s Burton Bitter and Pedigree, Courage Directors and Tongham English Ale from the local Hogs Back Brewery. Guests vary, but they do include many an interesting brew and our visit was no exception. Bottled beer range is good, but nothing out of the ordinary when compared to other parts of the chain, though the rumor was that they were selling Thomas Hardy Ale in bottles, but neither I nor RichLightWeight spied any behind the bar in the coolers. Once we got our beers we stood at the far right hand corner of the bar, nearby a small wooden firkin that was highly decorated with lots of Tongham English Ale beeriana and seemed to pay homage to Hogs Back for some reason. Form here we could see that the back of the bar was also showing signs of it age, as some of the furniture out front was, ripped color coverings and a rather unkempt look seemed at odds to many other Wetherspoons that I have visited. The quality and range of the Ale though was very good and could not be faulted.

Has all the usual Wetherspoon traits, food all day, cheap beer, etc, etc. Nonetheless, this a great Wetherspoons, sure its along the lines of many others but the service was attentive and the beer range seemed well populated and interesting and more importantly it didn’t suffer from absent brews as many other Wetherspoons seem to these days.

If you’re traveling through Woking, be sure not to miss the “Waiting Room”.

Last Visit: Sunday 29th October, 2006.

Nov 13, 2006
Wetherspoons in Woking, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1 ratings