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The Archibald Simpson (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Sambrook's - JunctionAcceptable1
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Arcadia Session Pale AleAcceptable1
Windswept - BlondeAcceptable1
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - Peaky Blinder Black IPA (was 4.6%)Acceptable1
Phoenix - HopsackAcceptable1
Saltaire - Pacifica IPAAcceptable1
Uprising (sub-brand of Windsor & Eton) - Treason West Coast IPAAcceptable1
Salopian - Shropshire GoldPoor1
Redcastle - Red LadyPoor1
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - FireflyPoor1
Picture 1. The Archibald Simpson, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

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28 May 2019 (McGargle)
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - Peaky Blinder Black IPA (was 4.6%)4.40AcceptableThis was a confused beer. Black IPA or stout? I'm inclined to think stout.
13 Dec 2018 (McGargle)
Same grubby tables but commendably friendly and cheerful staff.
Windswept - Blonde4.00AcceptableHints of cardboard and tin foil overlaid a sound, if unexciting, traditional, light bitter.
29 Nov 2018 (McGargle)
At least the tables had been cleared but not wiped down.
Sambrook's - Junction4.50AcceptableWorkmanlike malty best bitter.
30 Oct 2018 (McGargle)
My worst ever visit to a Wetherspoon's? Walked in to a sea of empty tables strewn with glasses and plates. Long queues at the bar. Any beer of even vague interest 'Available Soon'. Walked out. Dreadful.
14 Aug 2018 (McGargle)
Relatively quiet. Typical beer range.
Saltaire - Pacifica IPA5.50AcceptableGood value at £1.99. Selling well.
22 Feb 2018 (McGargle)
Every empty tables piled up with dirty glasses and plates.
Phoenix - Hopsack3.80AcceptableThin. Borderline 2*.
26 Sep 2017 (McGargle)
Grubby tables, willing staff. Dull beer selection.
Redcastle - Red Lady4.00PoorThe sort of dull twiggy beer which gives cask ale such a bad name.
01 Aug 2017 (McGargle)
Seems to be going downhill. Poor beer selection/quality. Unpleasant musty smell in the corridors.
Salopian - Shropshire Gold3.80PoorWell past its best.
03 May 2017 (McGargle)
Usual struggle to find a drinkable ale. Usual grubby tables.
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Arcadia Session Pale Ale4.50AcceptableThin for abv with some limited US hops. As a homebrewer I would be disappointed if I'd brewed this.
19 Apr 2017 (McGargle)
Grubby tables. Fine selection of dull brown beers if that's your thing.
Uprising (sub-brand of Windsor & Eton) - Treason West Coast IPA5.80AcceptableAmerican style IPA. OK but no finesse.
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Firefly3.70PoorDull, brown and characterless.

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About The Archibald Simpson

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB11 5BQ.

Typical Spoon's bank conversion with typical Spoon's mix of customers but also a manager who knows about real ale and keeps a good variety of beers in good condition. Aberdeen CAMRA Town Pub of the Year 2009.

We have visited this pub 208 times, seen 411 different beers and tried 260 of them.

Map location

Postcode: AB11 5BQ