â€œ Address: 16Â–28 Bath Road / Cheltenham / Gloucestershire / England â€ž
Opened in the late 1990s, and formerly a garage, Wetherspoons did a grand job in the conversion process. However, it was all down here from there. The idea was novel: a music-free zone where you could sit and chat on a Saturday night.
And then JD Wetherspoons made a mistake and introduced music, large screen televisons and DJs, turning the appeal of the pub into something completely different. Now, Moon Under Water is a shadow of its former self, catering mainly for teenagers and students en route to the clubs. The result is usually a hotbed of violence and disruption. The Echo reported just recently on a huge riot that took place in the pub after a recent football match, describing the scene as something akin to a Western-style bar-room brawl. There are still some oldies hanging on til the bitter end, desperately hoping the pub returns to the glory days before Sky Sports and cheesy DJs aplenty.
Perhaps the only advantage to the pub, and the chain as a whole, is the rock-bottom prices of various drinks. Pitchers of Pimms for Â£5 is certainly a crowd pleaser. However, this "quality" pales into comparison when you find yourself sipping your drink while sat at a sticky table, on a grime-ridden floor, surrounded by the local chav brigade looking for a fight.
It's sad top see how this award winning pub chain has sold out to the mass appeal of students and sport. The resulting pub has lost its way and become a clone of any other sports bar in town.
Part of J D Wetherspoon chain.