For me this was one of my better Wetherspoon experiences, and due to its position just down the road from our Travelodge accommodation, it was utilised for morning brecky and mid-afternoon beers, although we avoided it in the evening when like a lot of ‘Spoons it turns into a crèche for the local youth, and especially in a place like Chichester where the local council has kept any nightclubs from being opened in the town.
The food is the usual plastic ‘Spoons menu served with the usual “hit and miss” ‘Spoons service levels and in that respect you know what you are going to get the moment you walk through the door. And for food this one was about average for ‘Spoons standards and therefore definitely average as a place to eat compared to elsewhere.
But as a pub for a beer , it had several things going for it compared to others of the chain.
Firstly it’s a former pub, being the original Dolphin & Anchor dating from 1910, and has a bit more of a pub feel about it. And although the internal space is quite large by other Chichester pub standards, it’s not a cavernous soul less space like some of the Wetherspoons conversions can be.
Secondly, the double aspect corner position with lots of windows, and the use of light wood and light colours makes this quite a bright and airy Wetherspoons.
And last and most importantly the two banks of six pumps on the main bar on the right as you enter were all going during my couple of visits and with only three given over to the usual house ales, this left plenty of choice on the others. These included a good range of locals including Langham’s Black Swallow and a couple from Ballards with the Best and Wassail on.
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