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Union Rooms - Weatherspoons (Plymouth)
The Union Rooms (Plymouth)
Member Name: missgiggles2008
The Union Rooms (Plymouth)
Advantages: Cheap as chips! Varied music in the evenings
Disadvantages: Often dirty, rude people
First thing to mention is that Union Rooms is part of the Weatherspoons chain of pubs. The Union Rooms is offically a Lloyds Number 1 bar. A few years ago, it converted and extended it's late licence to stay open longer and add music, as this is the main difference between Weatherspoons and Lloyds Number 1 bar's. The pub originally opening on 21st December 1999!
Location - situated on Union Street on the corner, this massive looking establishment cannot really be missed. If you are driving, oppostive there is a massive Toys R Us and there is ample car parking there. If you are getting a taxi the establishment is very accessible, as it is along the main road. Alot of people, both younger and older come here before heading on to other places on a night out, as it is so close to other venues in Plymouth.
Atmosphere - this is a little strange to answer, because at times, it is really packed, you can hardly move and it is full of unpleasant or polite people. Other times it is quite quiet, and the beer garden is quite relaxing in the summer. Overall though, I would say it isn't a place for a shrinking violet, sometimes there are some really rude people in here.
Music - the music is ok. It plays main stream dance and pop chart hits that are current and modern. They also play classics such as Kylio Minogue and Madonna's older hits. I think they try to have an all round balanced approach.
Drinks - Years ago, I remember a Reef was £0.99! Weatherspoons were always well known for their cheaper drink prices, however over the course of a few years, what with the binge drinking problem in Britain growing, the prices are less noticeably cheap. I think they still are marginly cheaper, but not by much. For example, you can get a glass of wine for about £2.50, and a coke is about £1.50. They also do special evenings where the drinks are cheaper, such as Monday nights and Wednesdays.
Opening Tmes -
Mon-Thu = 9am-midnight
Fri = 9am-1am
Sat = 9am-2am
Sun = 9am-11pm
Staff/food - it is a bit hit and miss, sometimes you get some really nice staff and food - other times, both are just awful! I think sometimes the staff are very stressed due to the sheer size and busyness of the pub - but this really does come across in their manners and customer service! I have had a few nice meals, and you do get what you pay for - but generally, if you want a healthy, good quality meal - it's probably best to avoid this place.
Overall opinion - I have to say I have mixed views on this place. This specific Weatherspoon is known to be the roughest branch in Plymouth, and there are four in Plymouth. I find this pub ok in the summer when you are outside in the Beer garden, the garden is nice and relaxing and you forget you are in the middle of town. But the feel of the place is not a positive one. The toilets are often smelly and dirty and the overally cleaniless leaves little to be desired.
Good if you.....are on a budget and want somewhere to eat/drink for reasonably cheap. Also at the moment alot of weatherspoons have vouchers which make it even cheaper! It is ok if you go first thing in the morning for breakfast as well, as it is clean then!
Bad if you....want a posh, or reasponably upmarket place to go out socalising, definitely not somewhere you tend to go if you are single looking for a nice future partner!
Summary: Would come here if you are on a major budget, if not - I wouldn't recommend.
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