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J.D. Wetherspoon in general
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J.D. Wetherspoon in general
Advantages: cheap, mostly empt
Disadvantages: can get very crowded, miserable staff
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.
Summary: An ok place