Whetherspoons the pub has been on many high streets near me for as long as I can remember. They are normally situated in old buildings of interest, for example old cinemas or theatres. Most of them do not have a music license, but sell themselves on cheap alcohol.
Whetherspoons is the place to go for bargain drinks. They often do offers on bottles, such as reef, wkd, Smirnoff ice etc, as well as offers on bottles and pints of beer. Even their spirits and mixers are cheap. Whetherspoons makes buying a round very cheap. This means they attract a long of young people and students but they also attract old ale drinkers, the type of working men who sit at the bar and down their beer.
Whetherspoons are normally big pubs with one bar and a lot of seating. They sell food in the day, during which time families can come in up to a certain time which I think is six o clock, but check before you go, to avoid disappointment. Whetherspoons then carries on serving food later than this, until about 9pm.
The food is from a basic menu and is also very cheap. It is mainly microwaved food, and for ma has been a bit touch and go in the past. Sometimes it is great and other times it is not, so be prepared to take that risk. To order food you have to grab a table, remember your table number and then go to the bar and order.
All in all Whetherspoons is busy and popular and great for a cheap drink to get the night started. Food is OK, if you want something cheap and basic, but not if you are feeling fussy or specific!
Moon Under Water (Wigan) Opened last year after it's more famous name sakes in Manchester and Liverpool, the Moon in Wigan is proving a big hit with the locals. Now I'm not about to suggest that Wiganers are tight (they are though!!) but at these prices who would argue. When I used to work in Wigan I used to go out for my dinner and even at 11.30am in the morning it would be packed with eager drinkers, quaffing quality beer at reasonable prices,and the regular promotional activity and special offers. The one in Wigan, whereas not as big as the one in Manchester, is, I have it on good authority, one of the biggest "takers" money wise in the country and most of the locals wonder where we would be without it. It attracts all manner of people, centrally positioned, it's a popular meeting place, and a good spot for the office types to go for their liquid lunches. That's not to knock the food, which is inexpensive, but you know the score here, whether it's Wigan or Winchester, the food is the same, but it's certainly value for money. If I do have a gripe it is that they won't let people in wearing football shirts but don't seem to apply the same ruling when people come in wearing rugby league shirts - surely that's double standards, the angry letter from myself can't be far off!! Having said that, most of our lot don't wear shirts to games so we're OK, and of course where's the first place we head to when we go to an away game - why the local Weatherspoons of course, I must have been in dozens now up and down the country - it could be a point of criticism - the fact that many of them look exactly the same, but they know what their selling points are and they do it well!