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The Archibald Simpson (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Thwaites - 13 Guns (canned)Excellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Good1
Wooha - PorterAcceptable1
Wood's - WonderfulAcceptable1
Phoenix - HopsackAcceptable1
Saltaire - Pacifica IPAAcceptable1
Uprising (sub-brand of Windsor & Eton) - Treason West Coast IPAAcceptable1
Vale - GravitasAcceptable1
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Arcadia Session Pale AleAcceptable1
Camerons - Fridge Magnet Pale AlePoor1
Salopian - Shropshire GoldPoor1
Stonehenge - PigswillPoor1
Orkney (Sinclair) - Nimbus Blonde (Atlas range)Poor1
Redcastle - Red LadyPoor1
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - FireflyPoor1
Windswept - WaimeaUndrinkable1
Picture 1. The Archibald Simpson, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

Visits Details

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.
17 Mar 2017 (McGargle)
Lots of dirty tables. Run out of nuts and crisps. Mediocre beer choice most -available soon'. GBG 2017? Not on this form.
Wooha - Porter5.00AcceptableOK but not very interesting.
Stonehenge - Pigswill4.00PoorMediocre bitter.
10 Mar 2017 (McGargle)
Quite busy for fish night. Run out of fish.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40GoodCompetent Olde Worde Best.
08 Sep 2016 (McGargle)
Not much ale choice. Quality generally poor.
Thwaites - 13 Guns (canned)5.50ExcellentThe reliability of cans against the vaguaries of cask. As is often the case cans win.
Wood's - Wonderful4.80AcceptableUndemanding dark amber ale.
Orkney (Sinclair) - Nimbus Blonde (Atlas range)5.00PoorOn the turn.
Windswept - Waimea3.80UndrinkableSo thick you could stand a sppon up it. Replaced but kept on sale.
31 May 2016 (McGargle)
Good service, disappointing beer choice.
Vale - Gravitas4.80AcceptableWell at least there was some freshness and hop presence.
Camerons - Fridge Magnet Pale Ale4.50PoorDespite the brewer's description that this was 'highly hopped' or 'delightfully complex' it wasn't. 'Cardboard' might be a more appropriate description.

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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 204 times, seen 408 different beers and tried 257 of them.

Map location

Postcode: AB11 5BQ