Me and my husband went to Upsteps a Wetherspoons pub in Oldham today it was curry night.We go to curry night every week usually in Manchester.We thought we would have a change and try Oldham for a curry, what a mistake. The poperdoms were full of grease, not properly drained and the naan bread was hard.Surly this can not be hard to prepare and the pub wasn't busy, It is only a case of using a microwaveproperly.No one asked if the food was to our liking, it seems the pub was very understaffed or the peopleemployed do not care.We do understand we are not in a posh restaurant, but it would be a shame for standards to slipas some wetherspoons are really good. Yours sincerely Customer
This pub opened in December 2011 and was absolutely packed to the rafters until well into 2012 and the reasons are clear: Cheap Beer, Great Atmosphere, Friendly Staff, Cheap Food, Modern Design, Clean, Vibrant Colours and a selection of almost anything you could want from a Free House.
JD Wetherspoon took over an old Shopping Arcade in Shaw, which was vandalised some years back; burnt out and abandoned. JDW took the building and transformed it in little over 6 months to the most popular destination in the Town.
The menu boasts luxurious items, such as Roast Dinners and Steaks to finger food, such as Nachos and Burgers. The menu is an absolute delight, offering every variation possible, from Italian, English, Mexican, Spanish and Indian cuidsine.
On Tuesday and Thursday there are club night, Steak on tuesday, which offers a steak with chips and salad + a selected drink for around £7 - and it's good steak too!
Thursday is Curry Night, where a similar option is available with a large selection of Currys, from Korma to Vindaloo - served on Rice with popadoms and a naan.
Sundays offers Sunday Club, where a Roast Dinner with selected drink is available for under £10.
Food is served at the Shay Wake from 8 in the morning up until 10pm, 7 days a week - including Bank Holidays!
There isn't another place in the small town that offers such great value 7 days a week and so consistently.
I have visited the place on several occasions and am yet to have a bad experience. The staff are extremely friendly, offering to bring Coffee over even when it's busy and that is service you cannot grumble about.
The decor is fantastic inside, offering vibrant colours and a great modern feel to it, whilst homaging the history of Shaw, with photos of Churchill and other notable members of the community, as well as a large powered device, made up entirely of metal recovered from the historic Cotton Mill industry, which the town is famous for.
The name comes from an event that too place in the town during the cotton mill era and JDW have really put thought into this aspect, rather than just opening up 'another' pub.
I am very pleased to welcome friends and family to this pub and smile when walking in, knowing they are as happy with it as I am
I am very pleased with this local gem in my local area and hope that many outsiders can come in and feel the delights of such a brilliant modern Pub.
This pub for me deserves a solid 10/10. The management are very helpful and the staff are fantastic. The pub itself has brought so much trade to Shaw and helped the other businesses around it, which is something that needed to happen!
Thank you JD Wetherspoon.
Wetherspoons has a formula sometimes winning sometimes just missing! The food is mostly tasty simple food, the guest ale selection could be more varied,but on the whole a tasty meal and pint for under a fiver, the veggie sausages are yummy!
Service in this pub is awful , twice in one week to get it wrong is just unacceptable. On Sat 19th Feb 2011 a food order was placed , eventully when the food arived over 40 minutes later , it was wrong and only two meals out 5 arrived. Then the food was all taken back so after waiting almost an hour all the food arrived some of which was cold, no apology nothing! okay just cause it's cheap and chearful does not eaqual crap food crap service, which is exactly what we got.
Then on 23rd Feb 2011 ordered lunch, and were told it would be 10 minutes, 30 minutes later only the garlic bread arrived, to which we got told this was the sarter and the mains are due out after this. we asked for it to be sent at the same time. The Garlic Bread was cold. Six other famlies food arrived and not ours. After which point we asked for our money back and left.
If I was surveyed today to rate the service received at The Briar Rose B'Ham I could only give it extremley DISATISFIED! very dissapointed.
If you want to go to a weaterspoon whilst in Brum AVOID AVOID AVOID AVOID AVOID the Briar Rose there are fre around the city centre that you can go to.
My Husband and i have just returned from Stratford-upon-Avon, we enjoyed a brilliant few days around and about. Despite the fact we were in a Hotel we chose to eat at the " Golden Bee " Wetherspoons in Sheep Street for every Breakfast and evening meal!! now you may think that is sad, but i can tell you we had great service, fantastic meals, always hot and plentiful + good choices.A full English Breakfast for the two of us inc drinks and toast and preserves was around £8. In our Hotel it would have been £20 and that was buffet style. We thoroughly enjoyed the grill meal deal on Tuesday, my Husband likes his Steak + all the trimmings and a Gin and Tonic for under £6 !!! Thursday we had the Currys, and ok they are not quite the flavour you would obtain from an Indian restaurant but they were plentiful, tasty and a good varied choice. Again all the extras inc 2 poppodoms each, naan bread and a drink, from a selection of Beers, Wines etc. We were so impressed with the place that we didn't bother to eat anywhere else all week!!! i have even e-mailed Wetherspoons head Office to congratulate them.
I visited your pub in Stone Staffordshire for a meet up with a friend for lunch and was beside myself with the staff ....the guys who waited on in the in the resturant were excellent manners were lovely service was excellent .....tables and floors where cleaned as diners left .....credit to you Weatherspoons and your managers ......i did comment to your manager who then told me the two young men running the floor i'm commenting about had disabilitys.....i was gob smacked and one of those young men came in as he loved it without pay ..........i thank you for giving these young men a chance and they where really happy and would like to thank you for caring well done ........from a lady who's passion in life is caring .......Brenda
Wetherspoons is a brand which almost needs no introduction. It refers to the ubiquitous chain of pubs which specialise in low prices and have a foothold in pretty much every city and middle-to-large size town int he county. The Tesco of the pub world if you will!
Whilst many of the pubs retain some individuality due to the type of buildings they inhabit (which include not only former pubs, but also former banks, hotels, railway buildings - even churches!) Inside, however, the decor is essentially the same. There is lots of dark wood furniture, the occasional sofa - giving off a classic, inoffensive feel.
*It is worth saying at this point that any prices I quote are only speculative because prices of items tend to vary around the country*
Wetherspoons does deserve credit for the range of drinks it serves from mixers and spirits to lagers and wines, these go beyond the standard that you would expect in a pub. It is certainly well stocked and the range is frequently updated, for example recently they have started stocking Welsh whisky, a new Asian lager - 'Lucky Beer', and Crabbies non-alcoholic ginger beer ( a personal favourite); this is as well as such things as retro soft drinks - cloudy lemonade and root beer. The bar also sells hot drinks, and I have to say that their coffee is very, very good in my opinion and it appears to be freshly brewed, the price varies from 99p to £1.29.
The food menu has certainly improved over time and like the drinks list is frequently updated, generally on a seasonal basis. Recent additions (as of Winter 2010) include a Mexican wrap, beer battered fish and chips, steak and kidney pudding and jam sponge pudding.
Also in its favour - there does seem to be an increased move on the company's part to be a bit more 'aware' of its impact on how it sources its ingredients. For example it is at pains to emphaisse on the menu that certain dishes contain components such as the following: dolphin friendly tuna, Wiltshire ham, 100% British beef, British ale, sustainably sourced cod etc.
There are various meal deals that are available, as follows; Essentially Tuesday (between 3 and 10pm) there is a 'Steak club' (including 2 steaks and a bottle of wine at a special price), Thursdays has a 'curry club', and 'Sunday Club' between midday and 9 whihc comprises of a roast. Essentially these generally comprise of a main meal and a drink (from a selected range of beers, lagers, wines and soft drinks for a set price.) There are also options to have extra trimmings eg onion rings for steak club, bhajis etc for curry club and extra Yorkshire puddings etc for Sunday club at the price of £1-2 depending on the items. Each of the above meal deals also have vegetarian options. Just a warning that in general these are extremely popular so you may have difficulty getting a table with these as Wetherspoons does not have a reservation service. (Please note that at Christmas time a Christmas dinner meal deal of a similar ilk as what is above is available.)
As regards the actual menu the variety of food that is available is good, but not spectacular and I will give some examples.
Starters include vegetable soup, breaded mushrooms, nachos and a 'Wetherspoon sharer' which incorporates mushrooms, chicken wings, chips, onion rings and dips - prices varying form £2.69 to £8.99 for sharer.
There are light bites including jacket potatoes at £3.59, sandwiches and deli products (£2.79 - £3.79) - eg cheese and pickle, BBQ chicken and bacon. These come with a side salad and the option of upgrading with a portion of chips for an extra 70p.
Sides such as chips, garlic bread, salad and vegetables varying from 99p to £1.99.
With main meals there is a value meal for £2.99/£3.99 incorporating typical pubgrub such as sausages, chips and beans, spicy tomato pasta, chilli con carne, lasagne. There is also an option of adding a portion of bread and butter for 60p. There is also a Monday afternoon deal where fish and chips is available for £3.20 with bread, butter and a cup of tea.
The standard main meal contains items such as sausages and mash for £4.99, giant beer battered fish and chips - £5.99, sweet potato, chickpea and spinach curry - £6.19, British beef and Abbot Ale pie - £6.89 and Braised shoulder of lamb - £6.99.
There are a variety of steaks available from £8.09 for 10oz rump steak, £7.69 for a mixed grill of gammon, lamb, pork and sausage with all the trimmings.
The dessert menu is small but has things to suit most tastes from Belgian waffle to fruit desserts and sticky toffee pudding - varying in price from £1.99 to £2.99.
It is also worth mentioning that certain items on the menu are subject to change on a seasonal basis and that they are increasingly getting more 'sophisticated' options available.
Depending on the individual pub, the chain also holds various events during the year. Probably the most widespread ones they do are ale and wine festivals, where they get in a wider range of these outdoor drinks , along with some tasting notes - all for a reasonable price. Some of them with their own grounds also provide entertainment such as an outdoor cinema during the cinema and music events.
Eating at a Wetherspoons is largely far from salubrious. The food is generally tasty, with reasonable portion sizes but you are hardly likely to rave about them. That said, the curries and burgers are quite tasty. These are also places where cutomer service takes somewhat of a back seat. You have to order at the bar with your table number and pick up your own condiments and cutlery. Also the table turnover is so swift that you often find that you have to sit at a sticky table that has nto yeat been cleared. This is not a complaint about the staff themselves though - whenever you tend to see them they are always rushed of f their feet serving meals and at the bar
Wetherspoons has been criticised in the past for encouraging binge and irresponsible drinking by virtue of the fact that its drinks are so cheap. That said, I have to say at the ones I have been to - they do seem to have instigated some pretty solid family-friendly policies and as such I have very rarely seen any trouble - in fact no-more than you are likely to see in your average city-centre pub or bar on a busy night. My concern is more when they place themselves in mid to small towns, where their sheer economies of scale threaten the existence of local independent pubs. In cities they normally can sit quite well against a variety of other types of pubs and bars due to the sheer population.
What is also quite refreshing is the Wetherspoons have opted for a non-music policy, meaning that you can quite easily have conversations in a large group without having to shout at each other. Some do show sports matches on large screens during major events, but for the most part they just show a rolling news channel on mute with subtitles. There are usually fruit and quiz machines scattered around the place also. Traditional Wetherspoons pubs have a sister chain called Lloyds No1 bars which provide music and a dancefloor and often have an entrance fee at weekends.
In conclusion, despite their flaws, I will continue to go to Wetherspoons pubs. Their prices and variety of drinks are a strong plus, and in general they are pleasant enough places to visit.
J.D Wetherspoons is a UK pub chain, and I have been to quite a few of them over the years, which hopefully I will be reviewing most of as a pub itself once the product suggestions have been accepted.
There seems to be a Wetherspoons pub in most towns, and they are usually in the main part of a town, like the high street or night life spot.
They tend to all be quite different, yet alike at the same time. I have been to large ones, small ones, old styles, new styles and ones that looked like they had died a while ago, yet some how still clung on.
The majority of wetherspoons I have been to, have an old style carpet throughout, with many tables and chairs set out for people to sit at. The bar is usually located quite near to the front entrance, and some of the larger pubs have two seperate bar areas. The majority of Wetherspoons pubs have a beer garden which is now also used as a smoking area, thanks to the wonderful smoking ban!
Wetherspoons is usually the cheapest pub around, and this is including most drinks (Spirits and beers) and food. They usually have some good old english ales on tap too. Most of the food is ok, especially for the price, but do bear in mind that most of the food is cooked in a millstream, which is basically a very strong microwave, so you can never expect it to be excellent, it is basically a ready meal cooked on very high.
The staff tend to be ok in most Wetherspoons, usually quite miserable and boring, which is accentuated by the full black outfit they have to wear as uniform. Occasionally you will get a staff member who smiles or has some friendliness to them, and sometimes I have actually had a Wetherspoons staff member use some manners!
During the week, and on sundays, Wetherspoons pubs tend to be very quiet, and there is hardly ever a wait on the bar, and only a 10 minute wait on food. At weekends, these places are usually packed out with students and it can take anything up to 30 minutes to get served at the bar, and the food wait can be anything up to an hour. It is usually on these nights you get annoying, jumped up and rude door staff too.
Wetherspoons do something known as food clubs. On a tuesday, this is called Grill Club. You get a grill meal, like a mixed grill, or steak and a drink for a special price, but this price has been rising rapidly over the past couple of years and is not so much of a good deal anymore. Thursday is curry night, and sunday is the roast club. These can be quite popular clubs, but what with the prices increases of these clubs, you save at most a £1 or 2, depending on which drink you choose from the available selection.
Wetherspoons is not a bad place, especially seeing as they are one of the cheapest chain pubs around, but I have only given them a 3 out of 5 due to never playing music (they have no music licence!) miserable staff, and the fact there is much better pub chains out there.
J.D Wetherspoons is a large chain of pubs that can usually be found in any town centre. In Canterbury we have two of these alone. Also in Brighton I know that there are three.
By day J.D Wetherspoons is a friendly family pub serving an assortment of good quality food. They have lots of amazing deals such as £2.99 meals, Thursday Curry club where you can choose a curry from a wide range available and get a free beer with it. There are many childrens meals available which are smaller in size (only slightly though)as all of the meals are of a good size and come with a choice of healthy drinks. Their menu is great as it gives information on food that is spicy, gluten free, vegetarian, 5% fat etc. This allows for people to make and informed decision about what they are going to eat.
The pubs are usually well staffed and clean and staff are generally friendly (although they can get stressed when it is busy but I can completely understand this so don't hold it against them unless they were to be rude).
The food always tastes good, sometimes food can be over or under cooked which can be annoying but for the price you pay and regularity of this you can't complain too much.
All of the J.D Wetherspoons have quiz machines and fruit machines for you to enjoy.
At night J.D Wetherspoons turns into a lively bar. With its cheap alcohol prices, six pounds for a large cocktail jug and £2.10 for a beer. It can get very full of students and rowdy groups but overall its good to go to for a cheap night.
The worst part about J.D Wetherspoons is that you do tend to get lots of students, alcoholics and generally unsavoury type of people due to the cheap prices.
Overall you get what you pay for and in this case it is more truthful than most.
I don't think you can walk through any town or city in the British Isles nowadays, and not come across a Wetherspoons pub. They have become an institution for cheap pub grub, drinks, and old men for many years now, and they continue to provide a cheap starting point for many drunken revellers of a weekend.
With it's unmistakeable style, JD Wetherspoons offer great value food and drinks for all ages, as not only over 18's are allowed in, but children (with adults of course) can enjoy a meal and a soft drink too.
Wetherspoons offer anything you can imagine. Before 12 o'clock, you can walk in and get anything from beans on toast to a full English breakfast, for as little as £3.79, as well as Tea or coffee (as well as anything stronger if you so fancy that in the morning!).
From midday, the normal food menu kicks in, and you can order a smorgasbord of delights including jacket potatoes, burgers, chilli, curry, fish and chips (a personal favourite), as well as sandwiches and panini's if your stomach isn't quite at stretching point. And if you still have the room, you can also choose a pudding from a range that includes cheesecakes, brownies and chocolate cakes that probably contain your whole daily calorie intake. Wetherspoons also have many food offers available from midday until late at night including 2 meals for £7.99, beer and a burger for £4.99, and more specifically, they have curry, steak, and Sunday roast deals where you can enjoy a drink with your food for as little as £4.99 on specific days!!
As with many other bars, they also offer crisps and nuts too.
The drinks change from every different Wetherspoons that you visit. Most Wetherspoons have about 4 or 5 guest ales at any one given time, and these change quite regularly, which makes the pubs a great place to visit if you are an ale fan. As well as these, there are lagers and ciders (both bottled and on draught) from all around the world available, which not many other bars can say they offer.
There are also the usual delights of wines and spirits, and the cocktail menu also offers something a little bit different if you are on a special night out.
The drinks prices are what people go for, as a normal pint can cost as little as £1.89 (at time of writing, a pub next door could easily charge double that for exactly the same drink!!), and you can get a pitcher of cocktail for a fiver!!!
With this said, a lot of Wetherspoons can attract a select crowd of young people who tend to get drunk after two pints of stella, but as this is a good, cheap starting point for them, they tend to move on quite early in the night. The atmosphere in general is great, some of the pubs play music, while others have sky news/sky sports news on TV's to keep the single elderly men entertained!!
I've been eating and drinking in Wetherspoon pubs all around the country, with both friends,family and work colleagues since the age of 14.
The Wetherspoon chain has now become a house hold name, and really is part of the British culture.
What makes Wetherspoons so successful is there ability to appeal to the whole family.
Now Wetherspoon pubs are widely popular because of their all round value for money, on both drink and meals.
Firstly, the selection of lagers,ales,wines and spirits are very good.
Each individual pub has it's own ales available, and often has several guest ales on tap, which can change on a daily basis.
Prices of ales are as low as £1.29 for a pint of Ruddles Best.
You can even buy a bottle of wine for £4.99, or a vodka and coke for £1.60. This is great value, and you get an idea of just how cheap the alcohol is. Even if you don't drink, grab yourself a hot drink or juice.
Secondly, the food available is exceptionally good value, and also very well prepared. Waiting times are quick too. Typically, you can get your self a hot meal for about £2.99, such as fish and chips.
Now no mater which town,city or county you find yourself in, there will always be a wetherspoons pub. They have changed the lives of what people do, such as at weekends, people on a night out will commonly be seen drinking in a wetherspoons first before they move to a club, because of the cheap drink.
Opening times are also very accommodating. On average, a pub will open as early at 9am - and close at 12am, at weekend's opening till 1am.
Cheap breakfast can be ordered up until 11.30am.
Most Wetherspoon pubs do not play any music, but since the chains connection with Llyods, some pubs play music at weekends. Most pubs also now have tv screens, displaying the news, but with no sound.
I can't complain. They are excellent value pubs.
I've been to several Wetherspoons pubs in and out of Nottingham, and each one has impressed me in terms of atmosphere. They almost always locate their pubs in wonderful old buildings steeped in history, (in Nottingham these include a canal warehouse and an old bank) and far from ruining the building by modernisation, they try to include the buildings original features into their design plans. Inside, the emphasis is on comfort and style, with every pub having several comfy seating areas as well as wooden tables and chairs.
The pubs in Nottingham I've been too have all been wonderfully decorated, with modern art sculpture on the wall, and incredibly smart toilets. The toilets even have sofas and chairs in them (maybe so women trying to escape a minging date can have somewhere comfy to hang out! ) Often included on the walls in the pubs is a history of the building, and quite often you will see historic snapshots of the town in years gone by. All the bars in Nottingham have two floors, with sweeping staircases and a balcony area where you can view the floor below.
One of the things you'll notice in Wetherspoons is a complete and utter lack of music, which is a good thing. Wetherspoons are places you can actually have a conversation without having to scream over the music to place your order. The bars themselves are huge, taking up one side of the room, which is absolutely necessary, especially at busy times when everyone wants a drink at once, This makes it so much easier to order your drink.
I generally find them to be clean and tidy, although they can get slightly shabby at busy times. The toilets especially are always scrupulously clean, and never run out of toilet paper or soap (although I did go into one cubicle to find the toilet itself missing!) There is also no sport, darts, football on TV or pool tables here, which is great as it means you can sit down without an over-enthusiastic pool player elbowing you in the eyeball. This also cuts down on the football yobs on match days, great for non-footy fans like me.
There are different seating areas throughout the pub, with the non-smoking section always large and clearly pointed out. The seating is comfy -sofas and squishy chairs as well as the usual high backed chairs and stools, and tables are easily large enough for people to eat from.
As far as I know, none of the pubs have a dress code. They do have bouncers on busy nights, but rather than intimidating gangster types, they seem to be jovial Santa Claus types, very friendly and willing to help.
Wetherspoons also do not tolerate drunken, violent and anti-social behaviour, and are very reluctant to accept large stag and hen groups. This I feel makes the pub much friendlier and more peaceful.
The menu is nothing to scream ecstatically about, its generally just simple, filling, and more importantly affordable food, with prices ranging from a couple of quid for a starter to seven quid for a full meal. The menu includes things such as pies, fish and chips, burgers, pasta and curries, as well as a few desserts. There's also a two meals for £5.99 option, although the choice of meals on this is limited, and I believe it is limited to a certain time of day.
They also have curry nights, and other theme nights where for a fiver you can get a curry and a drink. You will have to fetch your cutlery and sauces etc yourself, and food is delivered very quickly. Taste wise it's okay, but is obviously pre-prepared and microwaved on your arrival. Most Wetherspoons have a family area in the pubs, usually part of the non-smoking section, and you can eat here with children until 5pm.
The hygiene levels are high, and the quality and speed of service depends on what time of day you go, although I've never found the staff anything less then polite.
I have one small problem with the family area, and this is that it is generally located at the other end of the pub from the bar. As I often get there first, I have the choice either sit on my own with no drink while I wait for my friends, to leave my daughter by my table as I order, or to take her to the bar and receive snotty comments about no children being allowed at the bar...not from staff, but from customers! Personally I don't care if other customers or staff prefer not to see my child at the bar while they order, because I prefer not to have my child abducted, and would rather be safe than sorry.
Wetherspoons have an excellent range of beers and spirits, with all the name s you'd expect and some real ale thrown in. There are generally around half a dozen hand-pulled cask ales, which do vary with the seasons but often include Spitfire, Directors Courage, and Abbot ale. They work together with CAMRA (campaign for real ale) and Cask Marque (a quality standard for real beer) to provide an ever changing and high quality range.
They have a fairly large wine list, with an easy key guide that will enable you to find the right wine for you whether you like Full-bodied reds or medium sweet white. They're very happy for you to have a taster of any of the wines or real ales before purchase.
The prices are great, with all the beers costing less than they usually would, sometimes as little as £1.75 in the past. Many of the bottled beers and Alco pops are available on various offers at different times of the week, and they also have offers on spirits, cocktails and bottled wine. If you're in a big group, you can buy beer by the jug and receive a hefty discount, excellent for those hot summer days. For the teetotallers, there are loads of soft drinks, non-alcoholic cocktails and a range of hot coffees, herbal teas and chocolate. The price of these drinks is so low, I'm sure it's the main reason why this chain is so popular.
*Service and Staff*
Wetherspoons is really popular, so at busy times it can become crowded and service slow. However, even at the busiest times staff make no attempt to hurry you along with your order and are friendly and polite. It's nice to see staff that smile as though they genuinely are happy, rather than a forced insane grin! There are plenty of staff there though, and even at the busiest times I've never had to wait more than two or three minutes to be served. They accept all major credit cards as well as switch and solo, and offer cash back. On the only occasion I've had to bring a flat pint back to the bar, the staff were fast and friendly in not only refunding my money but also in giving me a replacement drink for free.
Overall, I always enjoy my experiences at Wetherspoons. The food although not exactly gourmet is fast and filling and reasonably priced, the drinks are cheap and varied, and the staff are friendly and polite. Without a doubt one of the best pub chains I know!
However one mark will be deducted for the fact that of I arrive early with my daughter to meet friends, and try and order a drink while waiting, I'm greeted with snotty comments about children not being allowed in the pub without a food order, and not being allowed at the bar. I appreciate that these comments come from customers and not staff, and that in the days of smoking, it would have made lots of sense to have a seperate family area, but I don't see much use in sticking with the model now that all pubs are non smoking .
I'm also deducting one mark for the fact that the pubs are all a little bit samey - whilst good, once you've been into one wetherpoons pub, you may as well have been to them all . They're a little like the Mcdonalds of the pub world - good for something quick and satisfying, for a fair price, but if you want something with more individual quality, there are better places to go
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www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk - Has more info on all the pubs, can help you find a job with the company, and tells you more about the company policy and product range.
JD Wetherspoons was set up in 1979 and seemed to go below the radar for most people for many years. However, in the last decade Wetherspoons bars have been cropping up all over the place, with one or more in nearly every town / city centre.
Wetherspoons made its name selling cheap drinks. One of the ways it did this was by not paying out on an entertainment licence (meaning no music). Today Wetherspoons have kept to the no music policy, even though premises laws have changed and they'd no longer have to pay and, therefore, would not need to compromise on their food/drink prices.
The drinks in Wetherspoons tend to be the cheapest around, undercutting the competition from a couple of pennies to a pound cheaper. For this, they do not differ in quality.
The food situation is the same as most of it competitors. It's not good food, but it is cheap! Most of the food is pretty much microwave dinners, but what do you expect when you can get a main meal for ₤2.99. The burgers, steaks and salads seem fresher, so I tend to stick to them. I'd say the food is good enough to line your stomach before a night out, or for a quick cheap lunch, but I'd never go out for dinner and even contemplate Wetherspoons unless a big drink up was on the cards.
As previously mentioned there's no music in Wetherspoons and this does affect the atmosphere. You can't just sit down and chill out with some tunes in the background, its either talk to who your with or sit in silence. It's even worse on a busy night where theres just the ambient noise of everyone talking and you end up having to shout to be heard by your friends.
At the end of the day Wetherspoons is a great place to go for cheap drink and food, but not much else. Its main reason for being seems to be for starting a night out as it's not really an enjoyable place to be. You're probably not going to have a great night out if you just stay there. Unfortunately, most of the places where people used to start their night, such as the local pub, are going under as a result of not being able to compete with the prices found at Wetherspoons.
Wetherspoons is a national pub chain that has a mixed reception in many towns and cities around the UK. I say mixed because of its lax attitude to policing the nutters that frequent their bars for cheap booze and then go on the rampage.
There are quite a few good things about Spoons. The food is incredibly cheap and not too bad in quality. There are quite a few meals that are available for £2.99 as well which means that you can fill up with a pint and a drink for less than a fiver.
The quality of the food also depends on which Spoons you visit, and what time of the day as well. If you go at a busy time or later at night the quality seems to drop off a bit, which is a shame. But then I suppose you get what you pay for.
The majority of Wetherspoons pubs are renovated public buildings and have been tastefully redecorated into public houses. I would like to see some of the pubs done up a little as some of them that I have visited around the country are a little sticky and ricketey.
I suppose the main reason to champion, or nor champion Spoons is the price of the drinks. It just goes to show that some pubs are royally ripping people off for charging them well over three pounds for a pint, when Spoons can offer a 99p pint. In fact quite a number of drinks are cheap, or should I say more reasonable than other pubs.
I go to Spoons on the I.O.W nearly every week and get some cheap drink and play on the sticky quiz machine. While not at the bottom of the pile, Spoons does attract its fair share of problems but in these credit crunching days it well worth making a visit.
I am not a regular pub-goer, so these days I don't really have much knowledge or experience to compare one pub from another. I tend to be more of a "pop in for something to eat at lunchtime" visitor of pubs.
So lets start on the food. What I have found eating in a Wetherspoons is basic grub at basic prices, although we are not getting down to the basic of a greasy spoon level - with that in mind, I would 9 times out of 10 eat in a greasy spoon over a 'regular' pub - the pub generally wins on comfort, but greasy spoons serve up exactly the type of food you would expect, i.e. it is filling and full of energy for getting you going. Think along the lines of most other pubs, there seems to be much of a sameness, but there is a large choice.
The value meals at £2.99 are as follows
Ham, eggs and chips
Jacket potato and DOLPHIN-FRIENDLY tuna mayo
Cottage pie, chips and peas MADE WITH BRITISH BEEF
Sausages, chips and beans
Spicy tomato pasta
NEW Cheese & onion pasty and chips
The value meals at £3.99 include
Bacon carbonara pasta
Steak & kidney pudding
Chicken, leek & Wiltshire ham pie
Chilli con carne
Fish and chips
Wetherspoons have their specials in the form of 'clubs'
Tuesdays are Steak Club
Thursdays are Curry Club
Sundays are Sunday Club. i.e. a Sunday roast based dinner.
Basically a Club meal means you get a drink included
Then there is the children's menu! Wetherspoons will dish up, macaroni cheese with carrots and peas WHAT!!!. "Macaroni cheese with carrots and peas" might rhyme but there is certainly no rhyme or reason to this combination of foodstuffs
Then there is organic spaghetti bolgnese. I am still puzzled over this use of the term organic in describing food. this is clearly Wetherspoons attempt at getting down with the 'caring crowd' as not only is the spaghetti organic, but their current menu claims that 10p from every meal will be donated to CLIC Sargent (which I understand is a cancer charity for kids). that is all very nice, but I hate to see companys inducing you to buy, by attaching a charity to a product or line - why not project how many spaghettis you are going to sell, then donate the appropriate amount, you will get marginally some respect that way, rather than using the charity as a selling tool.
There is a good choice of starters, sweets and non-alcoholic drinks. As well as jumping on the charity bandwagon, as mentioned above, Wetherspoons are also jumping on the Levi Roots' Reggae Reggae brand, by serving up chicken nachos as a sharer-meal in Reggae reggae sauce.
Now as for the alcoholic drinks. Any time I have gone into Wetherspoons just for a pint, I have waited an age at the bar. I only go here if I am going into town to see a show or a gig, and although my local one isn't packed, it is certainly lacking in bar staff, so the amount of people waiting to be served does build up.
Overall wetherspoons isn't bad when you want a pint with your lunch at reasonable prices and one or two cheap-ish pints in the evening. It would not be my choice if I fancied a posh meal or a night out.