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The Archibald Simpson (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Belhaven - 80/- or 80 ShillingExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsGood1
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - Peaky Blinder Black IPA (was 4.6%)Acceptable1
Phoenix - HopsackAcceptable1
Saltaire - Pacifica IPAAcceptable1
Sambrook's - JunctionAcceptable1
Windswept - BlondeAcceptable1
Salopian - Shropshire GoldPoor1
Redcastle - The Red LadyPoor1
Greene King - AbbotNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Ringwood - Old ThumperNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Archibald Simpson, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

Visits Details

28 Dec 2023 (McGargle)
The few staff were working hard to serve and keep tables clear.
Belhaven - 80/- or 80 Shilling4.20ExcellentPleasantly surprised by this flavoursome dark ale served in excellent condition
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Ringwood - Old Thumper5.10Not Tried
11 Feb 2020 (McGargle)
Excellent beer selection tonight.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea Shells4.70GoodIf served a tad coooler this was 4* beer.
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 - The 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.

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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 in Castle Street, 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 209 times, seen 414 different beers and tried 262 of them.

Map location

Postcode: AB11 5BQ