“ Address: Church Road / Grenville Place / Bracknell / Berkshire RG12 1BP / United Kingdom / Tel: 01344 304490 „
This is a review for The Old Manor, a Wetherspoons pub situated in Bracknell.
The Old Manor is positioned at the top end of the town centre, just in front of the college and can be accessed either through the town centre itself on foot or by car via the ring road which circles the town centre.
Externaly, The Old Manor has a traditional feel about it. Black beams and white walls with many plants and a grassy garden with the black and white theme continuing within. This is due to the fact that The Old Manor has been adapted and modelled within the existing manor housewhich has been there for many a decade and stands as one of the oldest pubs in Bracknell.
Internally, along with the black and white, you are presented with two serving bars with plenty of space in fromt of them also several small 'rooms' where you can sit to either drink or eat.
There are plenty of drinks to chose from at each bar from largers and ciders on tap, many common and foreign bottled beers and wine, a wide selection of spirits and an ever changing and impressive selection of real ales. The reason real ales are such a point with The Old Manor is that it is a member of the 'Campaign For Real Ales' and shows this by providing 12 different real ales, poured by the traditional pull pumps and the barrels are properly tapped, vented and racked. The other good thing about the drinks is that they are cheap, not possibly the cheapest you will ever find in the UK put in comparison to the many local pubs and many of the pubs throughout the UK they are still pretty damn cheap.
The other side to Wetherspoons pubs is the food and The Old Manor is no exception. In fact, unlike some other wetherspoons pubs, food sits about 50-50 with drink and with the amount of seating in the pub I am not suprised. The food in general is not bad and is priced respectively, from a sandwich or panini through to lamb shank and chicken and leek pie it all tastes fairly good despite almost always being prepared in a microwave but then so is most food in most large chain restaurants. Food is targeted to be at the customer within 10 minutes of being ordered and this is where the pub is let down. on a quiet day you can expect anything from a 10-15 minute wait which on a busy day can show that time getting longer. This trend does seen to break on a Thursday night, which is Curry night and is one of the Three themed nights during each week. Tuesday is Grill night, providing steaks and chicken grills. Thursday, curry night with a wide range of curries and side orders. Finally Sunday being sunday roasts all day with variose meats and a vegetarian option.
In all The Old Manor isn't a bad pub with good food and cheap drink although being situated just outside the college it is often filled with just 18's and early twenties and is a hotspot on friday and saturday nights.
Its opening times are from the very new and quite disturbing start time of 7am all week and closes 12 midnight during the week and 1am weekends.
The Old Manor is a Wetherspoons pub in the town of Bracknell, Berkshire. This town is accessible from the M3 junction 3, and from the M4. The pub is actually an old Manor house, and still has a lot of the old wooden beams and original decoration inside.
The pub is situated outside of the town centre, and you can get to it straight off the ring road, into the pub car park. There is also a few ways to access the pub by foot, through the pedestrianised area of Bracknell Town. The car park is a general size and before six is pay and display, but you can get this back when you order over £3.00 worth of drinks at the bar.
Being a Wetherspoons pub, the food and drink here is very cheap, although the food is all mega microwaved food. The drinks are quite a good range, with a full range of alcoholic drinks and soft drinks. The spirits range is quite wide, and the menu of food is pretty wide ranged too.
There are two bars in this pub as it is quite large, one bar is just inside the back doors from the beer garden and car park, and the other one is in the front of the pub. Both bars serve the same drinks, and food can be ordered from both bars, as long as you have a table number. The food will be bought to your table when it is cooked. The beer garden has quite a few tables, and two jumbo heaters for smokers to sit under when it is cold and you need a cigarette.
During the day, the pub is not very busy, but at weekend evenings, the place is packed out with teenagers and twenty somethings getting drunk for cheap. The pub closes at 1 on weekends and at 12 on weekdays. The kitchen stops cooking food at 10pm on all days.
The staff in the pub are the usual type of bar staff; students and middle aged men. They are nothing special at this pub, but not too bad, just don't expect a friendly conversation from the staff, you really will not get one. The pub toilets are small, and not always clean. There is only one womans toilet and 2 mens toilets in the pub, and I have not seen a disabled toilet, though there may be one I just have not seen.
There is a few fruit machines in the pub which pay out the maximum of £25 jackpot each, although I have never won anything on them lol. The pub is of general cleanliness, although the carpet looks grubby and the tables are not always as clean as they should be, but that is something I have come to expect from a Wetherspoons pub.
If you are in Bracknell looking for a cheap night out, Wetherspoons is always a cheap night out, and The Old Manor is an ok place to get drunk within the mass of students and teenagers that fill the place up at the weekends. DOn't expect much, but give this place a go.