“ Address: Merry Hill Centre / Merry Hill / Brierley Hill / West Midlands / DY5 1QX / United Kingdom / Tel: 01384 472850 „
JD Weatherspoons is everyday becoming a name you here more and more, and is strongly making a dent in the UK pub industry.
The Weatherspoons chain consists of the weatherspoons pub, Lloyds bar, and Weatherlodges.
The Abraham Darby is located in the Merry Hill Shopping Centre, near to Asda, and the bus stops and taxi rank.
The name of this Wetherspoon pub recalls the industrial pioneer, from nearby Dudley, who developed new methods of producing iron, and helped to pave the way for the Industrial Revolution.
All of the pubs have the same menu (airport from at the airport where you have less choice), and the choice of foods is really quite impressive as is the price. Weatherspoons also provides a Beer and Burger offer, as well as Steak Night, where you can purchase from a set menu in order to get a better deal for your meal. The only downfall with weatherspoons food is that it is really really fattening, and you must avoid it if you are dieting as its definatly no good for the waist line! Recently the new additions to the menu has included a Reggae Reggae range where you can taste the wonders of the Levi Roots range in many forms including wraps and nachos. There are also many special meal offers such as Ham, egg and chips for only 2.99GBP...cheaper than a mcdonalds and you can have a pint! Like a curry? Every Thursday evening in every Wetherspoon pub there is JD's Curry Club. Each meal is served with an inclusive drink, either alcoholic or soft, all for a great price.
The drinks are great value for money, and my personal favourite is a bottle of Blossom Hill Rose for 5.99GBP, what a bargain!
The staff in the Abraham Darby are relatively a friendly bunch, and do their best considering they must be rushed off their feet. The staff are alot younger in the Merry Hill pub than in other pubs. They are also very stricted on ID and will challenge you if they dont think you are old enough, so be prepared not to get served if you dont have ID.
As you can imagine this pub gets rammed, and its very difficult to get a seat. It is the only pub within the Merry Hill Centre, and since opening has proved very popular amongst shoppers, and also as a general meeting place. If you are looking to eat food in here, be prepared to wait for a table. There is a nice seating area outside, which is ideal for the warmer weather. There is always a queue at the bar no matter what time you visit this pub!
The pub can be accessed from inside the centre or from the outside. It is quite wheelchair / pushchair friendly, however during peak times is really busy to get around.
Its a perfect location after a hetic day of shopping, or a great place to dump your fella when you have walked his feet off to stop him moaning!
As I've mentioned before I'm spending more and more time up in the Midlands. Well with hubby being a Wetherspoon man through and through ( he can't see the point of spending more on a pint in a posh pub, when you can find the same pint in a decent Wetherspoons! yes there are some good ones!!).
Well with Merryhill being one of my favourite shopping places, it was great to find a really nice Wetherspoons perched in a corner of one of the shopping malls, (unlike Lakeside in Essex that doesn't really have anywhere to dump your man!) this is called The Abraham Darby.
On entering this pub ( through one of it's 3 pairs of doors from the shopping side) you will have to look twice to make sure that it does say that it is a "Wetherspoons" as it is very smart looking inside. It is a very long pub, with one long bar to one side and glass windows to the other. So this makes it a very airy bright pub as well.
Once inside you should easily find somewhere to sit as there are many tables and chairs scattered around. If the weather is bright then there is a very large outside area, this has several very large canopys hanging up high above the patio and again many tables and chairs to sit and enjoy your meal or glass of wine.
The staff in here were very friendly and served everybody in order as they came to the bar, so there was no pushing in of other people if you have been waiting a long time. We didn't intend to eat in here, but the food was being served out to other people and smelt very tempting, as well as looking good. We did eat and it was no let down. I know people say that all the food is microwaved, but we have visited many different Wetherspoons and some have been great and some very poor indeed when it comes to the food side of this company. So it does vary!.
Behind the bar there is a massive wine storage area with lots and lots of bottles of wine and the back of the bar was very clean where they served the lemon and limes from. We also found that every glass they took from the shelf was clean without no lipstick stains, dried orange bits ect.. stuck on the glass like we have experienced in other pubs.
What's great about this particular one is that my daughter and myself can get hubby settled down with a pint and then go off for a long old shop, then pop back have some lunch and then leave all the bags with hubby for a second round of retail therapy!!.
Another handy thing about this pub is when you have finished shopping and having some lunch it is right next to the lifts for the car park, so not far to walk either, after a heavy shopping session.
The name Abraham Darby comes from an industrial pioneer from Dudley who invented new ways of making iron and it was
in 1709 that Abraham Darby smelted iron on a commercial basis. Many others had tried different methods, but he was the first to be successful with his way.
So if you are in the Midlands and fancy a shopping trip with hubby who doesn't want to go shopping, well you now know where to drop him off!. Although hubby does moan that the gents are upstairs!( well bless his socks he would have to moan about something!).
I will give this Wetherspoons 5 Dooyoo stars for it's cleanliness, friendly staff and for it's location!.