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Sir Julian Huxley, Selsdon

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From Slerpy's reviews, it looks as though the New Manager was good news for the Julian Huxley but unfortunately it is very bad news for the Nonsuch in North Cheam.
MrWeeto - 7 Nov 2018 16:24
They are holding a Meet The Brewer Evening on 21st November at 6:30p.m. The Invited brewers are from Bedlam Brewery from Plumpton Green, East Sussex.The Cask beers at the Huxley are currently £2.15 a pint !
slerpy - 5 Nov 2018 21:19
Green Devil (Oakham) IPA ,two from Surrey Hills, Sambrook's Lavender Hill and By the Horn's Diamond Geezer. all at £2.45. The beers today were in tip top form. This pub has a very nice garden segregated for smokers and non smokers. Only a rating 0f 5.1 doesn't reflect the major effort that the current manager is putting in.
slerpy - 23 Jul 2017 20:29
Oakham, Sambrooks,Twickenham and Dark Star are on frequently. The Citra from Oakham was exceptional today. They are holding two Meet the Brewer evenings on the 2/02/2017 and the 9/02/2017.
slerpy - 12 Jan 2017 16:49
Today's ales.... Oakham Ales JHB 3.8%, Darkstar Festival 5.0%, By The Horns Stiff Upper Up 3.8%, Twickenham Redhead 4.1%, Sambrook's Powerhouse Porter 4.9%
S31CUK - 8 Nov 2016 10:37
A new manager in place here, i've known him a long time,he will improve this pub and introduce the best available ales,already Jaipur and JHB are on the bar. Every facet of the Julian Huxley will benefit. Good news!
slerpy - 24 Feb 2016 20:44
Totally standard Wetherspoons ie beer generally in a good condition, lots to choose from and cheap. The food is the standard microwave stuff - but no one goes to 'spoons for the food. It's clean and generally friendly. Just absolutely no charm whatsoever!
julesbaby - 18 Dec 2013 11:20
No beers on toilets - you ok, kling hing?
tradervic - 4 May 2012 10:53
No beers on toilets not working food awful. Wont be hing again
Klingon1 - 4 May 2012 10:10
a blot on the landscape,,,
drinker101 - 2 Jan 2012 15:48
My wife and I had the miss fortune of having lunch in here this week. I was served by the new duty Manager, no smile or acknowledgement from him that I had actually ordered drinks. On buying the second round (Again no acknowledgement) he multi-tasked by looking the other way, talking to someone else whilst serving me. My wife got the same treatment when ordering the food. How rude!

The food. Some important ingredients were missing but it was served up anyway and the salad looked like it should have been thrown away days ago.

On the guest beer front if you want a pint of ''Available Soon'' this is the place for you.

Not all bad though, there are some new chairs!
just_add_beer - 30 Jun 2011 19:49
Two pieces of good news, the pub is under new management and the Maxim Swedish blonde was really terrific.
slerpy - 1 Jun 2011 10:48
Worst pub ever! Beer in poor condition no prices on the pumps service very sloppy
Klingon1 - 2 Mar 2011 16:58
Through adverse circumstances I landed up at the very worst 'spoons in Croydon, most of them nowdays serve at the very least a decent pint, sadly this is the exception.The choice of ales were, Proper Job - available soon, Kelham Island 45RPM -available soon, Wooden Hand- available soon.So after ignoring the "house " ales,the choice was Banks &Taylor's Dragonslayer( never much cop) or Hawkshead Red.The ale was served in a slightly wet glass so the creamy head disappeared just about the time I raised the glass to my lips,this would perhaps be understandable if the place was "rammed" so I only had the one.Wetherspoons needs an ale tester/taster to visit thier outlets and see the basic mistakes that go on occasionally.Wetherspoons have put in state of the art equipment in their cellars and have clearly spent time training staff in the art of cellarmanship( GBG number of entries testify to this),checking the delivered pint is surely the necessary last piece in the jigsaw.
slerpy - 15 Sep 2010 20:17
I have frequented this spoon on and off circa 6 years. Yes it has improved in some aspects. The interior layout is generally open plan with a reception and bar area leading to a conservatory at the back and a raised area which families with children can dine up to 8pm. However, when I took my son in there I was told in no uncertain terms by the bar staff in Gestapo style that I could have one drink before and one drink with my dinner and I nearly walked out save that I had already been served and paid for a drink. Not had this problem in any other pub that allows children. The Interior is tired though and becoming tatty Never had a bad ale although for a spoon the range I feel can be limited at times. Staff attitudes and customer service vary from very friendly, welcoming and attentive to 'computer says no'. Tables are cleared and cleaned regularily even at peek times. The food is good value for the price (The saying you get what you pay for is very apt) and only had one occasion to complain which was remedied by the duty manager swiftly without drama. The clientele is mixed and yes it can get a bit liveley, the language may get a bit blue but this tends to be toward the latter part of the week and usually within the main reception area.
just_add_beer - 2 Apr 2010 00:11
I took my eighteen year old son here for a meal and to show him pub etiquette before going to university later this year . pubs it must be said are not his kind of thing. We sat upstairs and studied the menu,after a few minutes iwent to go to the bar to order and WALLOP ! A fight breaks out,my son then said ! "Does this happen in pubs all the time?" I actually have seen something similar only once in the last decade. Looking back I wish that I had taken a little more trouble and not opted for a two mile drive to this ultra chavvy hole.I saw the funny side but at least this will stop number one son from dying an alcoholic!On the way home I was treated to his views on the lack of policing, the lower classes ,macro economic theory and his intention on becoming Prime Minister( no one else for the job according to him) of closing all pubs with immeadiate effect.So stay away unless you are intent on fifteen three minute rounds with a builder who is violently drunk and overly keen on exposing his back crack for the world's delectation( or otherwise).0/10
slerpy - 20 Feb 2010 08:40
Greene King brew a wonderful beer called Abbot Reserve only the one mind.The Huxley had the beer on today, it has a reputation that it is very hard for even for the most inept of pubs to screw up,this was no exception a truly great drop of beer.
slerpy - 22 Dec 2009 16:00
I was told that this place was improving so being a glass half full type I took a chance and popped in for a sneaky one on the premise that I was out shopping at Sainsburys.A generous Half of an Itchen Valley ale was poured out in a pint glass, this was meant to be a pint, on tasting the stuff I was sorry that I troubled them for the top up! "Anything to replace it sir?" Was the response on the beer being thrown back."Yes, i'd love a coffee" was my reply. the coffee was wonderful.My score was zero , no change there then.
slerpy - 20 Sep 2009 17:33
I agree with all that have come before. There is an old saying any port in a storm. Think I'll take my chance with the storm.
Klingon1 - 11 Sep 2009 18:49
It is impossible to say anything nice about this pub.The Manager and staff are extremly rude and do not want to serve, how Wetherspoons have let this pub descend to this level I do not know.possibly they put all their worst staff in one pub and forget about it.The Fawlty Towers of the pub trade but without the laughs.Who the **** voted to give this 4.7 ? MINUS 4.7 would be about right !
slerpy - 4 Apr 2008 10:12
Probably the worst Wetherspoons I have set foot in. Have been a few times to form this opinion.

The manager closed the pub at 8.30pm following the england / portugal match AFTER his staff served a customer & family food and drink who where wearing england football shirts.

Manager was rude and arrogant towards the customer who whacked him ! manager proceeded to stomp around the pub hollering and shouting then closed it!

If you're planning to go there beware there is no where else within walking distance !!
markcr2 - 8 Jul 2006 10:09
Good range of ales, beers and ciders. Great value food especially the curry night for a fiver including a drink. Smoking restricted to the lower level. Bit lacking in atmosphere but well decorated and furnished. The bar staff are excellent but the waiting staff could do with some customer service training and personality. Toilets are downstairs which is hardwork when you've had a few pints..
Ciderbabecindy - 24 May 2006 14:20
Not too bad for a weatherspoons. Staff are really good at noticing who has been waiting the longest at the bar when the pub is busy as well.
stevokinevo - 4 Jan 2006 15:34
I frequent this pub quite often, and i have to say, although i know there have been problems in the past with management, since the arrival of the current pub manager, Steve, the pub seems to have gone from strength to strength.
The food has improved immensley, as has the cleanliness.

Everyone there is very welcoming and friendly, and they have always been happy to help.

I highly recommend that anyone who went there pre-Steve to go back. I think you will be pleasantly surprised!!!

The function room at the back is ideal, and now they have extended the non-smoking area.

Keep it up Huxley!
anonymous - 3 Jan 2006 20:26
Not too shabby. Food is disappointing, but then again I've got a big appetite.
Fairly cosy, not too busy. Also have a half-decent range of guest ales, including some not-to-commonly seen ones. Fair effort.
eccentric_man - 4 Feb 2005 14:57
I been a regular of the sir julian huxley in selsdon for a long time and just recent they have lost the manager Antonio and since then the pub is never been the same . Antonio had is very own way to run the pub and everyone like it .
Nick Parker - 30 Aug 2004 12:37
I'm a local and have only been there once because the food was really disappointing.

Once in a blue moon its OK for a drink.
Gus - 28 Jun 2004 17:07
i usse to work down there and i have to say that is a very nice place
dritan - 8 Mar 2004 11:30
For a Wetherspoons pub, this has to be one of the best. Even on friday and saturday nights, there are usually seats available and the bar never seems that crowded even if people do have to stand. The food is always well prepared and piping hot (I recommend their chilli) and the staff will make conversation with you rather than slinking away as soon as your meal touches the table. The ease of getting a bus to Croydon from here to continue drinking is also a plus point
John Palser - 14 Dec 2003 18:01
Better than average Wetherspoon pub on split level with standard menu
lout_from_the_lane - 21 Nov 2003 16:37

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