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The Playhouse (Wetherspoon)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Saffron - Saint Clement'sGood1
Grafton - BlondieAcceptable1
Wadworth - Sunset RedPoor1
Greene King - Abbot AleNot Tried0
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)Not Tried0
Titanic - White Star (superseded by 4.5% version - see separate entry)Not Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles BestNot Tried0
Lymestone - Seven Stone WeaklingNot Tried0
Butcombe - Great Grey OwlNot Tried0
Hydes - Manchester's Finest Not Tried0
Brewster's - Calamity JaneNot Tried0
Ringwood - FortyninerNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Bath Ales - Wild HareNot Tried0
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Saffron - Rambler's TippleNot Tried0
Nottingham - LegendNot Tried0
Saffron - Royal BlueNot Tried0
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Wells Bombardier Burning Gold (use Banks's entry now please)Not Tried0
Milestone - Boston BitterNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Playhouse, Colchester, Essex
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

12 Nov 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Pre-noon visit. Very busy and a couple of groups have somehow already found the time to get beyond sobriety.
Saffron - Saint Clement's5.90GoodA strong beer with sharp citrus flavours from added lemon and orange zest.
Grafton - Blondie4.80AcceptableGolden in colour and tastes more like a strong Bitter than a Blonde. Balance is on the side of maltiness with little hop character.
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Ringwood - Fortyniner4.90Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Bath Ales - Wild Hare5.00Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Saffron - Rambler's Tipple3.90Not Tried
Nottingham - Legend4.00Not Tried
Saffron - Royal Blue4.10Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Wells Bombardier Burning Gold (use Banks's entry now please)4.10Not Tried
Milestone - Boston Bitter5.00Not Tried
31 Aug 2013 (Stephen Harris)
I came in here by chance before noon when I was spotted by a friend who was standing in the doorway having a smoke, part of a group having a late breakfast within.
Wadworth - Sunset Red5.00PoorBrewed in collaboration with Chelsea Brewing of New York. Rather unpleasant Iím afraid and I was glad it was just a half. Rather like a glass of flat cranberry juice that had been languishing in the fridge for too long. No obvious alcohol content.
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)4.00Not Tried
Titanic - White Star (superseded by 4.5% version - see separate entry)4.80Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Lymestone - Seven Stone Weakling4.70Not Tried
Butcombe - Great Grey Owl3.60Not Tried
Hydes - Manchester's Finest 4.50Not Tried
Brewster's - Calamity Jane4.80Not Tried

About The Playhouse

The pub sign. The Playhouse, Colchester, Essex

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Colchester, Essex, CO2 7AA.

A large, town centre JD Wetherspoon pub in a building that has been a theatre, a cinema and a bingo hall in succession before conversion to pub use in 1994. There is a variety of seating areas on the ground floor and the former stage area, with many props and pieces of scenery, plus a load of stage dummies looking down from the circle seats.

We have visited this pub twice, seen 20 different beers and tried 3 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CO2 7AA