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The Joker closed in January 2015 and has since been demolished. I understand that a hotel will be built on the site and this may contain a bar.
PostalDrinker - 7 Apr 2015 15:31
According to a report in a local newspaper the Joker has now reopened (Feb 2014).

However an application for planning permission to turn it into a hotel has been made. If it goes through it is likely that the Joker will cease to operate as a pub
in 2015.
PostalDrinker - 6 Feb 2014 12:38
PostalDrinker:

This site is caller ***Beer*** In The Evening, not "Things I've Read About Pubs In The Evening", nor "What Pubs Look Like From Buses In The Evening".

Thanks for warning us of the closures, but I would be interested to hear your views, on what perhaps just one pub is like on the inside, and how its beer tastes.

Best wishes,

Eddy.
eddybeer - 20 Dec 2013 19:26
The Joker was raided by the police in October 2013 and about 250 cannabis plants were found on the premesis. As far as I am aware the licence has now been revoked.
PostalDrinker - 20 Dec 2013 16:44
Does anybody know who manages the pub now?
phughes52 - 8 Feb 2011 20:19
karaoke now on every friday night until 1 am!!!
DLisa - 19 Aug 2010 12:41
I arrived in Seven Kings from Ireland as an 18 year old student in July 1970 and took a part time job in the Joker while I was waiting for my 1st month pay in "the real job" in the city. Well the 1st month pay came and the 2nd and the 3rd and.....I was still serving there part time 3 years later when I returned home. While in those days the pub was pretty rough with weekend fights the norm, I made great friends there and lent an ear to many a lonely customer sitting at the counter and nursing his pint while he pined for home.
I have not been back to the pub since but finding it here has reignited my curiosity and I plan to return there for a pint of Light and Red if it is still sold there. Who knows but some of those beautiful girls I served on Saturday nights in the saloon and lounge bar (for the very posh girls) may be there.
phughes52 - 21 Jul 2010 00:24
This pub is no longer closed!!! its been reopened and has a lovely menu on offer
DLisa - 19 Apr 2010 13:19
just spent my 1st nite in the joker and found the place GREAT.. the staff friendly.. the beer even better.. the customers not a bad lot.. friendly and welcoming pub.. will b there again very soon
noddy1 - 3 Feb 2010 11:31
just spent my 1st nite in the joker and found the place GREAT.. the staff friendly.. the beer even better.. the customers not a bad lot.. friendly and welcoming pub.. will b there again very soon
noddy1 - 3 Feb 2010 11:31
I only been in there about once or twice, after working near by.
I found it it a nice friendly pub, with nice food and beer from what I can remember :)
mmichael0 - 24 Jan 2010 00:14
Now reopened - a forthright, no-frills but friendly house with Greene King IPA on handpump - only real ale locally. Deserves support.
E17Bee - 5 Nov 2009 21:22
Harmless - though the locals do look quite, erm... hardy.

Standard, slightly manky, largely Irish. Decent enough.
TeamSambo - 26 Jan 2006 13:10
Not so long ago this pub was very rowdy and had a lot of trouble,but nowadays it has turned out to be very friendly indeed,especiallt on Saturday nights when there is a DJ/Karoake.
Patrick Anthony Banks - 30 Oct 2003 17:17

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