BASILDON’s much-loved Wetherspoons is set to close this month as bosses insist they remain committed to staying in the town.

Bosses confirmed the Moon on the Square will close on September 25 ahead of plans to knock it down and replace it with hundreds of flats.

It is not know when a new site will open, as Wetherspoons bosses are planning on shelling out £3 million on a new site opposite the new Empire cinema, which will include a roof garden and be based across two floors. 

However, the closure of the old pub will mark the end of an era for many.

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Despite many people’s love for the Moon on the Square, it has received scathing reviews on TripAdvisor, and is the worst rated Spoons in Essex on the website.

It has an average score of 2.5 stars on TripAdvisor, with 51 terrible (1-star) reviews. 

That's nearly a third of reviews left on the site.

'Flies eat your food'

Reviewers who left 'terrible' reviews claim the food is 'rank' and 'disgusting' - and one even referred to the pub as a 'lowlife pond'. 

Another wrote: "Very basic place.

"Drunk Irish man walking around with his trousers hanging off.

"Food OK. No one asks if you would like sauces."

"No steak knife with the steak, and flies will eat your food if your not quick.

"Won't be revisiting."

Another claimed they would have rated it zero if possible, adding: "Completely rude, blunt, and all in all a scatty pub clearly, and that’s a judgement after a three-minute visit.

"Literally walked in then out. Don’t waste your time here."

'Pub is perfect'

Thankfully, there are plenty of people who enjoy their time at the Moon on the Square, and will be sad to see it go. 

There are 21 five-star reviews left on TripAdvisor, with one describing their visit as 'perfect'. 

One reviewer said: "Just perfect for what it was, good food, nice staff and relaxing atmosphere, will be back definitely."

Another added: "I had a great time along with many a drinks a t a rather nice table within the confinements of the pub.

"Staff were extremely helpful and friendly."