The Archibald Simpson

1 Rating

Type: Bar, Eatery

5 Castle Street
Aberdeen, Scotland, AB11 5BQ
United Kingdom

01224 621365 | map

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Added by champ103 on 07-10-2011

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3.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

This is a huge bank that has been turned into a Wetherspoon's owned pub at the end of Union and the beginning of Kings St. The front bar area is huge and cavernous as you first walk in. All granite tiles, columns, and bar. Some high and low top tables scattered about, with some couches as well. Plenty of TV's, gambling machines, and loud music playing that really annoys me. Kind of over stimulates the senses. There is a dinning area off to the right past the bar with an area for kids also.

The service is something to be desired. I walked up and asked the bartender what kinds of Real Ale they had, and got a blank stare in return. He had no idea what cask was. Though the manager quickly stepped in to answer any questions. I would have scored the service much lower if the manager had not stepped in. There is table service, and the waitresses are just as clueless as most the other staff. The food is very generic. Fish n Chips of coarse, but a bit more American for some reason. Wings, burgers and such. There are much better places to eat around the area.

On to the beer! Lots of cask options which is great, and I found everything was in good condition. Around 10-11 hand pumps. It seems the manager does know cask and how to care for it, but nobody else has a clue. There are always lots of offerings from Deeside, which is an excellent little Scottish brewery. Plenty other Scottish micros on cask as well as some of the better English cask options. You will be able to find something to drink.

Overall, a place I would visit just for the selection alone. Though there are plenty of other pubs in Aberdeen that I enjoyed a lot more (like Prince of Wales, Old Blackfriars, and No 10 Tavern).

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The Archibald Simpson in Aberdeen, GB6, United Kingdom
Place rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 1 ratings
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