Sovereign of the Seas, Petts Wood
This is your typical suburban Wetherspoon, with the clientele being the usual mix of a young local crowd and the solitary older regulars making the most of the cheap guest beers. Those guests are not to be sniffed at - as usual, Wetherspoon does good ale very well. However, this place is hardly a "destination" pub. Opened in the mid-1990s with the intention of rivalling old favourite the Daylight Inn (just over the railway bridge), the "Sov" is perhaps one of the best examples in the country of how the original Wetherspoon format worked for a while, but ultimately failed. Sure, there are some interesting photos on the walls of Petts Wood in the 1950s and 1960s but, other than that, this place is devoid of atmosphere. It tends to be divided into two distinct halves - families monopolising the former non-smoking area to the rear, with older drinkers commandeering the front area. The pub does have a rear patio, which helps in the summer months (the patio tends, surprisingly, not to attract the local oiks) but that's grasping at straws in what is a pretty mediocre place. A pity, since the staff are of the more attentive persuasion - but this Wetherspoon is nothing more than a cheap eating and drinking hole. The Daylight ain't the best pub in the world, but it's by far the better option in Petts Wood.
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109-111 Queensway, Petts Wood, London, BR5 1DG
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