Lloyds No1, Gatwick Airport
Tricky one, this. Against it is the fact that it's a Lloyds No1 (the younger, less refined brother of J D Wetherspoon) and is situated in an airport departure lounge. This makes it a transient and vaguely unpleasant place to be. Less unpleasant than sitting on the metal seats in the main lounge area, but still not somewhere you'd proactively want to spend time. The positive aspect is the price; you can get a couple of Bloody Marys for around a fiver. This is certainly better value than the prices you're offered aboard a budget airlines, so Lloyds maybe your last chance for some reasonable refreshment. What drags this down to a poor one pint rating was the service. Being yelled a demand by the barman that he will only take our order directly in front of the till - so that we had to walk to him - seemed unnecessary. Gatwick travellers might be a captive audience, may not be regulars, or may never come back to the UK ever again, but a basic level of service should be part of the Lloyds No 1 package. With an approach to the business like that, it simply becomes cheap, but decidedly uncheerful.
North Terminal Airside, Crawley, Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, RH6 0PJ
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