“ Address: 10-16 London Road / Southampton / Hampshire / SO15 2AE / Tel: 023 8033 6346 „
The Giddy Bridge is your standard Wetherspoon's pub which was once a grand building and now exists as a neat JD Wetherspoon pub located in Bedford Place, Southampton. It's one of 4 Wetherspoon's within Southampton and 3 within the city centre itself, and atmosphere varies from day to day.
Of the 3 within the city centre, the Giddy Bridge is by far the best for those who like their real ale, with up to 4 at a time being served on draught. It also offers ciders OTHER than Strongbow on tap which is a rarity around these parts and has an even larger offer of lagers such as Carlsberg and Tuborg. Like most Wetherspoon's it also offers a large range of bottled beers, ciders and lagers from allover the world which vary with the time of year. All are fairly priced and are just as cheap as nearby pubs if not cheaper for certain beers and ciders.
Food is of standard quality with specified ngihts such as Curry club on a Thursday which offer you a draught lager/cider/ale or a spirit mixer with the specified meal for a cheap price which saves you a decent amount of money. The food is definitely better than the other two Wetherspoon's in the city centre and is of better quality than the equally priced Avondale nearby. They offer afternoon meals between 2-5pm at reduced rates which comes with a cup of tea if wanted.
The layout of the pub is nicely presented with several different places to sit downstairs, be it on tallchairs by the window, sofas, armchairs in the corner or in those little booths, with additional seating upstairs. There is also a smoking terrace on the roof which is beautiful to sit out in when it's warm and sunny but gets busy very quickly and is quite cramped as it's fairly small. There are also seats outside the front but it's right in the street and a less attractive place to sit. When you go into the pub you are greeted with a large open space with plenty of space to queue at the bar without disturbing anyone else or being disturbed.
The atmosphere can vary depending on the time and day. It's often busy around tea-time especially at the weekends and when Southampton FC have a home match, it is crowded with people on their way home. Even then you won't have to wait more than 10 minutes to get served but some hooligan always turns up to make a noise. Regardless of the other review of this pub I can assure you it's not overrun with students. I've been in several times since starting my 2nd year of University and whenever I go with coursemates or my housemates we are outnumbered by a lot of the locals who have gone for a quiet drink in the afternoon or the older lot who fancy a quiet pint or meal in the evening. Yes if you go on a Friday or a Saturday it's as busy as any pub you'd expect but although some may be students we are always outnumbered! There is a large TV upstairs and downstairs but the noise is always muted so it's generally nice and quiet with the only people making the npoise being the customers.
I've never had a problem with any of the staff there, they are always friendly and helpful and if you go in enough they will treat you more as a friend than a customer. It's always clean and is generally well looked after.
Overall I'd highly recommend it as a pub to drop into if you fancy an afternoon meal or a quiet pint. It's a decent pub with a frienly atmosphere with Wetherspoon's priding themselves on quality and price this certainly steps up to the mark.
The Giddy Bridge is part of the Wetherspoons chain located in a area mainly frequented with Students in the evenings and Office workers at lunchtimes and these are the people that you will find in the Giddy Bridge at all times. It servers the same as all other Wetherspoons public houses and at the same good value.
----- Drinks -----
The Giddy Bridge sells the usual vast array of drinks at the normal wetherspoons prices and there are often deals and festivals on giving you yet more choice. I have rarely had a horrible pint and if I ever have they are fine about replacing it with a new one.
----- Food ------
The food in the Giddy Bridge in my experiences slightly above par for Wetherspoons, plates are always clean, the food is always hot and the staff cope well with adjusting meals to suit your tastes. There is a good range of food available in the standard menu as well as the weekly events such as Grill night, Curry Club, etc. There are also seasonal additions for various events celebrated around the country.
----- Atmosphere -----
There is normally a good atmosphere in here and depending on the time of year it can be either really busy taking upto 30 min to get a drink while competing with 100's of students who have just got their loans or quiet and you can sit down with your friends and chat peacefully. With an outside seating area as well it can make a nice place to just sit outside in the summer with views of a park and a busy street it is great for people watching.
----- Building -----
The building is your typical wetherspoons quite dark and dingy, the carpets are dirty, the fixtures are worn and broken. There is a roof terrace and a fenced off area if you wish to sit outside. The toilets are not particually nice and often smell quite bad but this is popular with most of the bars around this end of Southampton.
----- Conclusion -----
The Giddy Bridge is a good place to go if you are after a cheap meal and drink in Southampton and you are not on the highstreet or in West Quay. It is a good launching place to meet people before exploring the delights of London Road and Bedford Place. There is always people in there so you will never feel awkward and be bothered frequently by the staff. The food is always satisfactory and the beer is normally cold and fresh.
Overall I like this place and you will often find me in there with my friends before a big night out.