Wetherspoons offer a cheap & cheerful place to eat & drink with numerous outlets throughout the UK, nearly every major town or city contains one. This review is particualry concerned with the one located in Picadilly Gardens in Manchester.
It's located right bang in the heart of Manchester City Centre, almost opposite the city centre's main bus stops and about a 10 minute walk from Manchester Picadilly train station. Due to it's central location, it's almost always busy whether it be with the lunchtime crowd or the evening drinkers.
Manchester has a lot of competition in terms of bars & clubs but this place does well because of it's extremely cheap drinks prices. As a result it can take a while to get served in the evenings especially on a Friday & Saturday night, even though the bar is a good size and they normally have quite a few staff members works.
The clientelle generally is more locals rather than students, however the place always seems to have a good atmosphere about it.
If you're looking for a cheap drink in the centre of Manchester then you can't go wrong with this Weatherspoons at the heart of Picadilly, be prepared to queue though!
Last night I met my friend in our local Wetherspoons for tea. This wouldn't usually be my first choice of place to eat, however the big sign in the window advertising Tuesdays steak night - steak and a drink for £5.59!
I ordered gammon and my friend the rump steak. They were brought out to us in a reasonable time and were piping hot. The food was nice, nothing special but I didn't expect it to be for the price.
On the menu there is a wide variety of foods from simple jacket spuds to carbanara. People around us had an assortment of dishes that all looked very nice. The menu clearly marks which dishes are less than 5%, very helpful if you are trying to be good. They also clearly mark next to the vegetarian dishes. On the website I noticed that they are advertising a gluten free menu, although these menus were not laid on the tables, but its good to know so at least you can request it. The website also informed me that they do a breakfast menu which looks really tasty and yet again great value for money.
Most weatherspoons I have been in have the same sort of feel to them. The cheap drink offers attracts a certain type of clientele and the tables always seem to feel sticky! Although I enjoyed my meal last night, and I will probably go again if I am wanting a quick meet up, meal and chat. I wouldn't go there for anything special such as a birthday celebration.
I love Wetherspoons! It's a great place to go for a cheap meal as the food and drink is very cheap, making it excellent value.
Wetherespoons is more like a pub than a restaurant, with many branches conveniently located in town centres - usually close to the main shopping areas. I've been to Wetherspoons in Sheffield, Chesterfield, Leeds and London and they'll all pretty much the same - mainly geared towards serving meals, but also set-up to allow for people who just want a drink.
Most of the Wetherspoons I've been to have a pretty good selection of beers - usually with Kronenbourg, Stella and Foster's on tap, with many more available by the bottle. All beers are pretty reasonably priced, usually less than £2.50 a pint. The last one I went into (in Chesterfield) actually had a chart of beer prices complete with the prices of rival pubs in the area - which made Wetherspoons out to be significantly cheaper than other local pubs.
The food is fairly standard... unfortunately I can't comment too much on the range as I always have a burger! The burger comes with your choice of a free drink (Foster's, coke, bottle of Beck's etc) for around £4.50, which I think is excellent value.
After ordering your food at the bar, you'll need to pick up your condiments (ketchup, salad cream, vinegar etc) before they bring your food to the table. Service is usually pretty quick once you've ordered and even at busy times we've never been waiting more than about 15-20 minutes.
The food is delicious, my only complaint being a lack of chips - it'd be nice to have a few more on the plate! Wetherspoons also do fantastic puddings - my favourites being the Belgian waffle (£1.99) and the chocolate fudge cake (£2.99). Both puddings are massive and easily made-up for the lack of chips with the main course.
So... great food, great beer, great value... why only 4 stars? Well, being cheap Wetherspoons is also frequented by cheap people. Looking around can sometimes be quite frightening seeing some of the weird-looking folk who are eating and drinking around you. Don't make eye contact, don't sit too close and you should be alright though!
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I was a bit confused as to how to write this review. You see, with my previous restaurant type reviews I have been getting some mixed feedback, and members opinions vary greatly. I admit, most of the ratings I have been recieving recently are E's and I am very pleased with this, however some members feel my reviews include too much unneccessary information resulting in lower ratings such as Helpfuls. So for this particular review, I decided to shorten my review a bit. Before you read my review, please decide wheather you only want to read about MY experience or if you want to learn about MY experience AND a bit more about the restaurant including menu, the restaurant itself etc. Thanks!
Wetherspoons was found in the year 1979 by Tim Martin. Wetherspoons is famous for its british food, just as much as its wide array of drinks. The Wetherspoons chain is based in Watford, however throughout the years, the chain has spread throughout the UK, and there are now more than 100 pubs in the UK.
Wetherspoons, unlike some restaurants, are extremely well priced. Not as cheap as some diners, but definitley at the cheap end. Drinks are really cheap, for example a large glass of lemonade was just over £1, which for about 500ml of drink, in a restaurant, I found too be really good. My large lunch meal cost around £5, again which was definitley a good price for the volume of food and I suppose the quality of the food too!
My experience with Wetherspoons
Last weekend, my grandma and I decided to do a spot of shopping in town as I needed to get a few bits and bobs, and she needed my help in chosing a birthday present for a friends granddaughter. I jumped at the chance to go with her as firstly, I love spending time with my grandma, secondly, I love shopping and thirdly, if you combine the two together, I more often than not end up better off when it comes to the money side of things. Anyway, we left the house at about midday, and after an hour of shopping, we decided it was time for a spot of lunch. Now, I hadn't been given any warning about this, and so my first reaction was to think "oh dear, oh dear, oh dear" but my grandma assured me it would be ok, and if I felt the portion was too big I could leave some of it and she wouldn't moan at me, so after a little persaution I decided to try my best and I agreed to have a bite of lunch with her in town. We arrived at our usual spot, Marks and Spencers Cafe, however the queue was incredibly long, with perhaps ten people in it, and there didn't look to be any seats free so we decided against this idea. It was then that my grandma suggested Wetherspoons, as one of her friends had eaten there the other week and had said the food was delicious. I, however, had heard some bad reviews about it, both here on ciao, and also from a friend who had a birthday meal there which I unfortunatley attend. So with a little pinch of doubt in my mind we set off to the Weatherspoons.
Only a two minute walk from town, we arrived there at around twenty past one in the afternoon, ready for a filling meal. From the outside, the restaurant, or rather pub, looked fairly attractive. A pale stone building, with large gold lettering on, stating 'Weatherspoons'. From the outside, there wasn't much indication as too what it would be like inside, so we entered fairly open minded.
As the two, heavy large glass doors swung open, we entered a large bar straight away, and as the door swung open, the punters sitting up at the bar turned there heads to see us, gave us a look up and down and turned back to guzzling down their beers, their beer-bellys expanding with every sip. We stood at the door for about one minute, not knowing where to go or whether we had to bring it to someones attention that we were actually there. Just as we were beginning to feel a bit awkward, a young woman from behind the bar came over to us and enquired whether we were in for lunch. We told her yes, and we were ushered around too the seating area round the corner.
The seating area was fairly large, perhaps 25 different tables, most of them already in use. We weren't allocated a certain table, it was left up to us where to sit which we thought unusal for such a place. We sat ourself down at a two seater table, next to the frosted window, and within minutes, the same girl who had 'greeted' us at first arrived at our tables, wondering whether we'd like to order drinks or not. We did, I ordered a diet lemonade and my grandma ordered a diet coke. Within two minutes these arrived. The drinks were fairly plainly presented, not overly exciting, in tall glasses, with a single straw sticking out the top. My lemonade was very fizzy, and very lemonish, actually very tastey, and my grandmas coke was very fizzy too, but nothing overly special.
After our drinks arrived, the young girl scooted away again, and we noticed her end up behind the bar again, chatting with three other members of staff and some of the punters, ordering yet more beer! (really!?). We had been sitting at the table for about five minutes, and still nobody had come to take our orders, or even hand us menu. It was only when I took a look around that I noticed that every table, bar ours, had menus sitting propped up right. We were pretty annoyed at this, but as there was nobody at the table next to us, I quickly stood up and nabbed the menus off the table. The menus were laminated, and the laminate was very sticky and covered in finger prints. My grandma sighed and tutted and was about to make a scene but I convinced her other wise. We took a glance at the menu, and decided since it was lunch time we'd only order a main course, and if we were still hungry afterwards we would order a dessert too.
The menu was fairly extensive, with all the usual pub food on. Set out nicely on the menu it was easy to see what was up for offer, and after a short while we eventually decided on what we wanted for our lunch. I decided on a chicken and bacon grilled panini, and my grandma decided (eventually) on a baked potato with cheddar cheese. After deciding on what we wanted to eat, we sat at our table for a further five minutes, before noticing the queue at the bar. We realised then, that we were expected to go and order our own foods. So my grandma went up to the bar, slightley annoyed and I sat at the table and waited. I only had to wait five minutes before my grandma returned, so this was a plus point. We had a nice chat while waiting on our food to arrive, and around ten minutes later, a nicer looking chap arrived with two steaming hot plates of food. He plonked the potato down next to me, and the panini down by grandma, before we kindly told him he'd got it the wrong way around. He was very apologetic, and then disappeared, leaving us too tuck into our lunches. My panini was massive, basically two different paninis. It came served with crisps and salad. The crisps were what tasted like ready salted walkers, quite nice actually but very salty so I only managed half of them. The salad was alright, nothing special, the lettuce was quite crunchy, but the cucumber was tasteless, and the tomato was pretty much non existant. The panini however was a different story- it was delicious. The grilled bread was soft, yet very crispy, a lovely wholemeal taste, although the panini was actually white. The chicken inside was boiling hot, very soft and tasted very much of roast chicken my mum makes for dinner sometimes. The bacon was few and far between to be honest, only a few small rashers, however it was just the way I liked it, quite soft but well cooked. There was some melted cheese and mayo on the panini which surprised me a bit as it hadn't been stated in the menu however it was quite nice, the mayo very creamy and the cheese a fairly mild taste, adding a slight pizza flavour too the sandwich. My meal on the whole was fairly nice, but nothing too special.
My grandma was very pleased with her baked potato meal. It was huge too, a massive baked potato layered extremely high with a mixture of white cheese and bright orange cheese. It came served with a salad which looked similar to mine, only my grandma actually got two decent chunks of tomato with hers. The steam rising off the potato was enough to suggest it was roasting hot and my theory was right. As my grandma shovelled her first forkful into her mouth she let out a quiet yelp, as it burned the roof of my mouth. However this was the only minus to the meal, apart from that, the skin was lovely and crispy, the potato was lovely, light and fluffy, and the cheese was very strong and melted on the tongue apparantly. I must admit her lunch did almost look more tempting than mine.
All in all the main courses were alright, nothing too special, but not as bad as I personally had been expecting. My grandma was also very pleased with her lunch, and actually wants to go back again one day.
After we had finished, we were required to return to the bar again to be charged for our meal. We actually quite liked this because sometimes sitting in pubs, waiting on the bill coming is a bit intimidating espesically with all the punters around. Our meal was a decent price. Two drinks, and two lunches cost under £15, which we thought was quite decent. Compared to some places these days, the price was actually very cheap considering some shops charge you £4 for a ready made, limp salad, and scrounging on the filling sandwich!
Overall, we were fairly impressed with our lunchtime experience at Wetherspoons. The meal was nothing too special, but definitley taste. The service, and staff weren't anything special, most of the were too busy having a laugh with the gents at the bar to give a flying toss about the people who were dining in the restaurant area, however this actually suited as fine because we were left to our own devices during our lunch without being disturbed too much.
I would recommend Wetherspoons for a quick bite of lunch, but I wouldn't recommend for a formal dinner or a working lunch.
The menu in Wetherspoons is extremely varied, with plenty of food to suit everybodys taste, with the traditional pub lunches, to some more interesting and perhaps unusual meals. The menu was set out extremely well, with everything set into different catogries so it was really easy to seperate which dishes you fancied and come to a decision eventually.
One of the most popular sections of the menu in weatherspoons is the BURGERS. There is a huge choice of burgers, including chicken burgers, veggie burgers, and various beef burgers with different toppings including bacon, cheese, and mayonnaise. I only saw one person in the whole restaurant with a burger, and I have to say the meal looked huge. Served with chips, onion rings, and salad, the burger was equally as big. I'm not too sure if the onion rings and chips come with the meal or cost extra.
Now of course, it may not be lunchtime, or even dinner time you pop in for a drink and a bite too eat, it may infact be breakfast time. Wetherspoons realise this, and there menu hosts a fairly plentiful list of BREAKFAST foods. Of course, there are the cooked breakfasts, which come in two varietys; traditional breakfast and then the good old scottish breakfast, these include the regular eggs, sausage, hash brown, mushrooms etc. There are also varies on the regular cooked breakfasts including the vegetarian option. If you don't feel like a huge cooked breakfast, you could always opt for the morning roll, with fillings of bacon, sausage, or eggs, a "breakfast baguette". If you want something again a bit lighter you could choose the eggs on toast, beans on toast, or even the chocolate chip muffin or the blueberry flavour. Nobody in the restaurant had any of these that I noticed so I can't comment.
My grilled panini came from the DELI part of the menu. The deli section is again split into 3 different catogries; panini's, wraps and ciabatta and baguettes. I opted for the chicken and bacon panini and it was very tastey. However if this flavour doesn't float your boat, the other options include, cheese and tomato club and ham and cheese. Each panini as far as I know comes served with crisps and salad- crisps are usually ready salted I assume.
If a panini isn't for you, you could choose a ciabatta or baguette lunch. The fillings range from cheese and pickle, tuna mayonnaise, BLT, club sandwiches, and crayfish. I think these also come served with crisps and salad.
There are two different types of wrap on the menu, the chicken wrap or the club wrap. Our particular restaurant had a huge promotional poster on the wall boasting there delicious, warm wraps but I didn't actually see anybody tucking into one.
Like I said further up in the review, my grandma opted for a JACKET POTATO. The jacket potato's come with a huge array of different, mouth watering fillings, including, baked beans, chilli, cheese, tuna mayonnaise, coleslaw and various others. My grandmas baked potato was massive, with a huge helping of two different cheeses ontop. As she was finishing her baked potato the cheese had started to melt, and mixed with delicious aroma of cooked potato, gave off a delicious scent. The baked potato's come with a mixed salad which is pretty limp and lifeless.
Now, obviously it may not be lunch you are requiring, you may be ready for a MAIN MEAL around dinner time. If this is the case, you wont be short of options. This part of the menu boasts various different filling meals which would be perfect for a tea time meal. Among the options, the traditional pub favourite, sausage and mash. The man at the table next to us had the sausage and mash meal and it was huge. I took a little inspection while passing to go to the toilet after lunch and I noticed he had been served with a huge serving of fluffy, bright white mash, with 4 large chunky sausages, and in a seperate jar a huge serving of peas. Next to him was also a small jug which I assumed contained gravy as he did have gravy drizzeled over his meal. The smell when you first walk into the pub is actually sausage and mash-ish so I assume this is a popular dish in the restaurant. Among the other options were, fish and chips, beef and ale pie, gammon steak and chips, chilli con carne, and scampi aswell as various other delicious sounding meals. The only other main meal I saw somebody with was what looked like the beef and ale pie and all I can say is, HUGE. It came served in a pot where it been cooked with a huge serving of chips on the side. It did look quite delicious.
I am usually a fan of italian food so perhaps if I had been feeling a bit more hungry, some of the PASTA dishes would have been tempting. Aswell as the traditional pasta dishes such as lasagne and macaroni cheese, there were some other more interesting sounding dishes such as the tomato and chargrilled veg pasta and the meatball pasta. Didn't see anybody with pasta meals but I assume they would be quite tastey.
Of course, not everybody who dines out is going to want to tuck into a fat laden, chip sided, gravy laden meal, so if this is the case you could always choose one of the SALADS. The salad menu wasn't huge, with only 4 different options- a crayfish salad, chicken and bacon salad, the usual ceasor salad, and one that tempted me quite a bit- the cheese and coleslaw salad. I was going to go for the cheese and coleslaw salad but I doubted wheather the salad would be fresh enough so decided against the idea.
If you visit Wetherspoons for a 3 course meal, you're obviously going to require a starter for your meal, and Wetherspoons caters for this. There is a huge selection of starters. These include the regular restaurant starters such as breaded mushrooms, onion rings, chicken wings and tortillas etc, but also with some specialities to Wetherspoons itself including the Soup of the day which varies in flavours and comes served with a warm roll with butter, or the delicious looking garlic bread which the family at the table oppositte us had. It looked delicious but very buttery, and oozing with what looked like grease. As with most restaurants there is a sharing platter which comes with the usuals, chips, onion rings, chicken wings, etc etc.
Another option for a main meal, could be the STEAKS AND GRILLS. Here we have the usual suspects- varying from the usual plain steaks with chips and veg, to some more interesting and perhaps more tastey steaks including options topped with cheeses, bacons, chilli, and sauces including apple sauces. I assume most of these come served with chips and a side of vegetables.
If you decide to pop in for a light lunch or just a snack midday with a friend and glass of wine (or beer!!) then you may want to opt for one of the SIDE ORDERS. These can be bought seperatly from meals. You can expect to find the usual orders here, such as chips, onion rings, chips and cheese, chips and gravy etc, corn on the cob, and garlic bread. The little boy and girl at the table next too us simply had a bowl of chips each and they looked delicious and crispy, very thick cut- not like any of your mcdonalds nonsense!!
After your meal, you may "require" a PUDDING, and the choice is great. The regular pub favourites can be bought such as sticky toffee pudding, apple pie or chocolate fudge cake, as well as other favourites such as sundaes, crumbles, and different ice creams. I didn't actually see anybody eating a pudding but I saw one of the "waiters" gliding through the restaurant with a tray filled with three desserts- of which one was the toffee pudding, and it looked gorgeous loaded with steaming sauce- very tempting indeed.
Obviously, children will often be dining out in the restaurant, and this is where the KIDS MENU came into view. There was a kids menu on most tables, alot smaller and brighter, with pictures of cartoons on it. I took a quick glance at this menu just to make sure I wouldn't be missing anything. This menu is available for kids under the age of 10 only, but I saw what looked like a 12/13 year old with a kids meal so I don't think it really matters. The main menu is filled with the regular childrens foods, including the expected, fish fingers and chips and beans, chicken nuggets with chips and beans, spag bol, cottage pie, cheesy pasta, chicken korma and various other kiddy meals. Each meal comes with one free drink. Drinks that can be chosen are coke/lemonade/irn bru, a fruit shoot, a bottle of water, milk and an orange juice. Each kiddies meal also comes free with a bag of fruit however if children want a naughtier dessert they can choose either a bowl of ice cream or brownies and ice cream! The childrens meal was actually quite large as I saw one little girl of about 4 with one, which looked way to much food for her, and the 12/13 year old looked utterly satisfied with there lunch.
Although Wetherspoons is famous for its food, it is perhaps MORE famous for it is DRINKS and if you simply want a cool drink with friends, this is the place to come. I personally didn't have an alcoholic drinks, but the men at the bar guzzeling theirs did seem to be enjoying theres- perhaps too much!! On the drinks menu, there is a huge selection of ciders, beers, wines, ale, lager, and soft drinks. There was another huge poster on the wall promoting some of the beers which are apparantly really popular with the punters. Aswell as all of these you can choose a spirit or an alcopop including blue wkd, smirnoff ice, various rums and whiskeys . Overall the drinks menu is huge with at least 100 differents to chose from including the regular soft drinks and fruit juices.
I hope I made my review this time a little shorter and easier to read. I'd recommend Wetherspoons but I have to say it is nothing overly special! Family friendly with high chairs, kids menus, and fun packs provided. The toilets were really quite clean, and had obviously been previously cleaned that day. Service was nothing too special, pretty useless to be honest, but overall the food was quite good!
My experiences mentioned here refer to both the Chelmsford and Colchester Wetherspoons pubs:
I noticed on the Dooyoo reviews that Wetherspoons recieved a lot of tepid and unfavourable reviews from users. As a student, and therefore someone who is a) poor and b) probably has lower students about pretty much everything money and health related, I find Spoons to be something of a safe haven in a town (Chelmsford) that is chock full of expensive bars where a bottle of beer is £3-4.
Spoons have the best prices around on alcohol and frequently perform price checks with the other bars in the area. Generally a pint isn't much more than £2, and shots with mixers are often as low as £1.50. Also they allow you to double up for just another £1. They also offer about half a dozen pitchers at £5.80 each. You can get between 4-6 glasses out of them, and whilst they're more expensive than buying all the alcohol seperately, they are good ice breakers in social outings, and won't get you too drunk if you're not up for getting wrecked. As a side note, I am also mildly faithful to Spoons because they're the only place around that I've seen that sells shots of Wray and Nephew. It's a 63% Whiskey and it's utterly FOUL, but we make it a "present" for any birthday boys or girls we know.
Anyway, Spoons can't be matched for prices. My main complaint really is the atmosphere - because Spoons are too cheap to pay the full license for their televisions, most of the time (at least in Chelmsford) the television is left on Sky News with subtitling on. I like to be able to hear myself and others in a pub, but to have no background noise at all is a tad odd, I feel.
What startled me most on here was the complaints about the food that Spoons sell, that it is re-heated and just served up like a slap-up meal. Now, I've only had a few limited meals in Spoons - always burger meal variations - but I actually did enjoy them. They have one meal called the "Gourmet Burger" meal - it is essentially a mammoth of a burger that's about 7 inches thick and comes with two onion rings inside it, a bunch of veg, and a huge burger wrapped in bacon and covered with cheese sauce. We nickname it "heart attack on a plate", but it is absolutely delicious. For the meal deal (that is about £6, I think), you get chips and more onion rings on the side, and a pint or glass of wine also. I thoroughly recommend it, although you'll feel guilty afterwards.
Those with more disposable income may well opt towards more "trendy" bars where the atmosphere is a little more lively, but for students and others on a tight budget, there is none cheaper. Generally I find they're not too chavvy despite being cheap, surprisingly, and of course they're open every day of the week which is handy. The bars are homely looking and not reminiscent of the pompous hipster look that many trendier bars go for. I particularly recommend the Spoons in Colchester - it is called The Playhouse and is a converted theatre. The infrastructure, such as the seating and murals, are still in tact, making your night out quite picturesque and pretty. It's certainly the most regal and austere looking Spoons I've ever seen.
My final bit of advice is to stay away from the Itbox machines in there! They will eat your money, unless you get lucky on the Deal or No Deal (The Big Reds) game.
Weatherspoons is a well known bar that sells cheap food and drink. Its a nationwide company and is found in most places. You find most weatherspoons are decorated quite plainly and dont play any music. The age group that go here are a complete mixture, I personally don't go here unless its to get a cheap drink!
They do have very good deals on drinks and cocktails, and its usually a good place to start off the night. It tends to get busy quite quickly and does seem quite popular, although isnt my first choice.
The food here is appauling, I hate here a while ago and will never again! They sell general pub food, burgers, chips, salads, chicken, steak, scampi etc, but at a very low price.
I ordered a ceaser salad, we waited about 45 minutes for our food, but when it came i had tomato ketchup on the plate - gross! my friends burger was under cooked too, so both dishes went back. We then sat there for another hour until our plates were cleared away!
My friend also used to work here and she said the kitchens are filthy and she would never eat from there! so both my experience and what I have heard is bad.
Wetherspoons is a national chain of pubs selling cheap food and drinks.
In Leeds my favourite one is the Cuthbert Broderick. Its relatively new, and has a great outside terrace which catches the sun in the afternoon. Its in Millenium square, and so is a good location for shoppers and drinkers in the evening.
For a single vodka with a mixer its about £1.99. Gin is even cheaper if you have it with lemonade. For ale lovers you can get pints of it for about £1.70. Wetherspoons is consistently cheap, and doesnt do things like special offers, because its already cheaper than most bars.
The only thing is that they never play any music in wetherspoons bars, this means that theres not much of an atmosphere. They do however in some of the bars show football matches and this can get a better atmosphere going.
At the Gaelhouse in Winchester, I used to go there all the time whilst at college, and sometimes go there when I go home. The pub has bouncers checking id on friday and saturday, and in the week the bar staff check id everytime you go up to the bar, even if you have been served already. Its a bit annoying, as they are quite rude about it. The staff in that branch arent the friendliest bunch, but if you stand at the far end of the bar thats not nearest the door, you get served pretty quickly even if the queue is 3 people deep at the other end.
Once I got some vouchers through the door and also in the Cuthbert Broderick. They gave you even more money off food and drink. A group of 4 of us only spent £15 between us on several drinks each!
The food is ok, its not amazing, its just microwaved pub food. They do curry night which is a bit better, and you get a drink included with your meal. Sometimes theres a bit of a wait, but your not paying more than £4 for a beer, burger and chips so no complaints!
The only thing I would say is that there arent many vegetarian dishes on the menu, as most of the food is traditional things like roast dinner, sheppards pie, steak sandwiches.
Give it a go for a night out for less cash. Theres no entry fee, the drinks are cheap and strong and just ignore the rude staff.
JD Wetherspoons is a pub chain across England serving cheap food and drink. A lot of people seem to dislike Wetherspoons but I couldn't agree less. For the price you're paying, what is there not to like?
The pubs are usually those local sorts where you always get the same people in there. My local one (Bexley, Kent) is usually full of old men but I often see someone I know in there as it's always been the local hang out for people from my old school and whenever they come back from uni or for a summer or Christmas gathering of old friends, everybody flocks to our local Wetherspoons. The pubs aren't brilliant for a night out as they don't have any music but for a couple of drinks before a night out or for a catch up with friends, it's a great place.
They have a large menu serving all sorts of food including breakfast, hot or cold sandwiches, burgers, curries, pastas, salads, the usual English meals, children's meals, and desserts. Basically the type of food you'd get in any other decent pub. The great thing about Wetherspoons are the wonderfully low prices. Sandwiches and paninis with chips will set you back from only £3.29 whilst the most expensive thing on the menu is a 10oz steak for £9.49. They offer a lot of deals including 2 main meals all day every day (from a selection) for £6.69 or a beer and burger for only £4.69. Evening clubs are available on certain days where you can purchase a meal and a drink for a bargain price (Grill club on Tuesdays, Curry Club on Thursdays and Sunday Club for roasts). All of their desserts are delicious, especially the chocolate fudge cake which is well worth it at only £2.99.
Drinks are also very cheap here where you will only pay under £3 for a double spirit mixer - which is the main reason why I love the place!
The food has always been great for me in Wetherspoons and I've never had any problems with it. The chicken pasta alfredo is simply delicious and the chicken tikka is yummy. I've enjoyed all the food I've had from here and I've had no problems with it whatsoever so I don't know where all the bad reviews are coming from! The only problem we've ever had is that once we've waited over half an hour to be served when there was only 2 of us but that was strange as usually the food arrives promptly.
Overall, I find Wetherspoons to be a great place to have a cheap and cheerful meal with both family or friends and I will always continue eating and drinking there. As I said, the atmosphere isn't brilliant and I wouldn't suggest it for a fun night out, but for a catch up with friends, a cheap meal or for a few drinks before a night out, it's the perfect place.
Wetherspoons can be found everywhere! They are unique for a bar in that they play no music in the background and most do not have TVs to show sporting events - I find they are often a bit soulless because of this.
Despite this you will always struggle to find a seat in these bars as they are so packed!! This is mainly due to their incredibly cheap alcohol offers. With bottles of E&J Gallo for £5 and pints for 99p you can't really complain!!
The food however leaves something to be desired. I have eaten in a variety of these pubs and have always been dissappointed. Last time I had a chilli which lacked any spice and the time before a curry with a half frozen naan!
My flatmate worked there and confirmed what i always expected, that all the food is pre-frozen and simply stuck in the microwave - fine if you like that kind of thing but i prefer fresh food.
They do have a variety of food deals such as Grill Club on Tuesdays, Curry Crub on Thursdays and Sunday Roasts on Sunday. These are usually around £5 and include a pint/glass of wine/J20.
Overall it's good for a few drinks but I would never reccommend the food - there are much better pubs that serve food around!
Wetherspoons is a chain of pubs that has grown out of control over the years and there is almost guaranteed to be one near you, but are they any good? Well in my opinion, having tried three of them, the answer would be no not really.
My local one is a converted bank building and when they done the conversion they really should have put a bit more thought into it in my opinion.
The toilets are up a flight of over 40 stairs which holds problems for anyone that has been drinking all day but also is a nightmare if you have taken the kids in for lunch.
With my local one there is another problem that I found and that is that the staff are nothing short of ignorant, I was served the wrong meal one day and they really could not have cared less, they almost implied that I should just eat what I had and shut up and on a Christmas night out a friend and I stood at the bar for nearly ten minutes waiting to be served and although I have to admit it was very busy, the guy serving seemed to be managing to get round to serving all the fit birds without too much trouble.
Moving on to another branch of Wetherspoons, this time in Manchester, it was almost as if they had the same staff as my local one as they were just as ignorant if not worse, perhaps Wetherspoons breeds these people in some secret location.
After being handed two warm bottles of beer I asked if we could have cold ones, the girl told me all the Budweiser had just been put in the fridge as they had ran out and just had a delivery.
Although I was not happy I drank the bottle I had ordered and then asked her the next time what was in the fridge that was cold, to which she replied everything except the Budweiser so I ordered two Miller`s and guess what? They were warm too, my friend had, had enough and he told her that he did not want another warm beer so could he change his for a pint and the girl snapped at him "what do you suggest I do with the bottle you have had a drink from? Sell it for half price"?
At this she was told exactly what to do with the bottle and we headed for another pub in disbelief. My third bad experience with a Wetherspoons bar was in Edinburgh, this was one of the biggest Wetherspoons I had seen and it was also one of the best looking but unfortunately the staff were again not great and even worse the food was awful, which I have to say is unusual as the food is usually quite good.
Our order took a while coming and when it arrived we were stunned at how bad it looked, the chips looked like they had been lying for days and the fish was broken to bits and looked like it had been kicked on to the plate.
I am never one to just eat what I am given in order to keep the peace so I grabbed the waiter as he passed and asked him if he could change it and he turned out to be a bit of a comedian (or thought he was) he asked what was wrong with it and I showed him and asked him if he would eat it, His reply was "yeah right now I would eat anything I am starving" and he went on to say that he usually goes to the snack van but he would put up with a meal from here if it was free.
He perhaps thought he was funny but I did not and I do not expect to be treated like that when I am paying for a meal. Eventually we were served something that looked passable and we made do and left and that for me will be the last time I enter a Wetherspoons anywhere.
They may sell their drinks at great prices and they may on the whole look like nice places but my experiences with them have been terrible and from now on i will be avoiding them and I certainly could not recommend them to anyone!
Wetherspoons is a pub chain with outlets all across England. They are the same as Lloyds No.1 but dont have music. I think Wetherspoons is a great pub and caters well for all ages.
During the day - laid back - children aloud.
Night time - town centre bar style- most people start their nights out in a Wetherspoons.
Good menu, very good ingredients. Childrens food is mostly organic. All eggs are free range and sausages are lincolnshire. Good 2 meals 4 £7 range and puddings are delicious.
I hope the government dont start to put a minimum prce on drinks - i think wetherspoons may loose a lot of custom if this happens. They are famous for their cheap drinks. Bottle of wine £5, Pint £1.29 ish, Cocktails £2.50
Often busy at the weekend but there is always ample staff on. Food is served usually within 15mins. Staff are friendly and helpful. Tables are cleared promptly and always cleaned to a good standard.
This is a great pub with better prices. A great place to start your night in town.
Probably the cheapest and most social place to be in my town. Wetherspoons is always the start of our nights out, mainly because of the cheap drinks and great atmosphere.
Firstly Wetherspoons prides itself on providing cheap drinks, just recently they've had deals available on beers for as little 99p! How they get away with this I don't know. The pitchers priced at around £5.99 are a nice variation; you'll find 'Cheeky V's', 'Blue Lagoons' and some very funny named but very tasty additions. A single spirit drink, Vodka and Coke, Malibu and Coke, comes in at just £2 in our local, but I believe prices are pretty even around the country.
I've mentioned the great atmosphere, that's because it's always busy. We tend to start off at Wetherspoons because at 9pm the clubs are usually dead, it seems the party is at 'Spoons' (a common name for the pub franchise). The only problem wit a very busy place is that you don't always get a place to sit, but if you're only in there for a drink before moving on there's no harm in standing.
The staff are always friendly, and are working hard to bump up your spending, like any other pub with questions of 'would you like to make that a double?' it can get quite annoying, but they're just doing their job at the end of the day. Additionally, younger people are regularly asked for ID, and they don't mind kicking you out if they come over and ask you for ID and you haven't got it on you. They seem to operate a strict policy, but really this is good for a successful business such as Wetherspoons, the have a brand to maintain. You wants to be in a place with underage drinkers would can't stomach their drink... I had the unpleasant experience of a young girl throwing up at her table, turns out she had no ID and had not long been in the building.
It's a great place to socialise without needing to drink a lot. However they don't only sell drinks, the food in their is also pretty cheap. Courses for £4 are pretty standard, and deals are forever on the menu. I definitely recommend their caesar salad, though unfortunately they skimped on the dressing; but for the price it was pretty good! The menu's are constantly updating and changing which makes good variation for the place, it's nice to go in and find something different on the menu to try. Having eaten from Wetherspoons regularly, I'd say you are pretty safe to try anything, it's good pub food! Don't expect five star cuisine, but a good three can be.
Haven't been yet? Make it the start of a great night out!
We decided to try a slightly different idea for a half term treat, opting to try out the newest Wetherspoon's in Southampton for breakfast. Yes, I do mean breakfast and since this review has this specific focus I have left other more tantalising possibilities for you to explore should you so wish......
*** Location ***
The latest addition to the Wetherspoon's chain in Southampton is the aptly named Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis, Canute Road, Ocean Village, Southampton. I say it is aptly named since Sir Lucius bless him laid the foundation stone for Southampton Docks, and the pub is now situated in the old Dock House offices where affairs and labour was originally managed. My dad when he was alive was an ex-stevedore and would never set foot in the place when it was first sold off during an earlier property boom. Formerly called Ferry House, this is a grade II listed building, with a poignant memorial remembering World War I dead built into an external wall. Happily this means that alterations to this high ceiling-ed and oak panelled building are carefully controlled. For the history buffs this building is alongside the offices of the White Star Line, usually associated with those sad pictures of clamouring faces anxiously awaiting news of the ill fated Titanic disaster. As it is on the edge of the marina complex, which has a cinema, Tesco Express, restaurants and some high profile business buildings the mix of people in the pub was eclectic to say the least. A nearby student village no doubt adds further to the richness of clientele later in the day.
*** First Impressions ***
Weatherspoon's have done a tasteful update and refurbishment for this location. The dark oak panelling and dark furniture blend well together, and the inevitable TV screens are not too overt. We chose a table near a window overlooking the street. Unfortunately none of the windows look out onto anything interesting, and the view from the window was traffic and more jaded but nevertheless listed buildings. The carpeting was a lush rich looking Axminster type pattern more reminiscent of a stately home than a pub and this added to the character as did some occasional leather sofas and a couple of interesting artifacts on the walls. We entered just after 10 o'clock and I would guess that there were perhaps only 10 to 12 other people already present. Interestingly, only two had pints of beer the rest were eating, drinking tea or coffee or making use of the free wi-fi connections. Customers ranged from well suited business types to site workers grabbing a bite or just taking a break. I must admit the idea of using my laptop to access the net and keep in touch, whilst enjoying a leisurely morning immediately appealed to me. I am sure this free wi-fi will attract many users during the course of a normal day, and clearly complements the Weatherspoon approach to good value for it's customers. I suspect it would be too rowdy and busy to even contemplate later in the evenings!!
A purpose built disabled toilet has been added near the rear entrance, and this was pristine. The other facilities are probably not quite as good as you might expect from a Weatherspoon's, the Ladies whilst clean was a little cramped and the seats did not fit properly. There may of course be some building restrictions which have a bearing here. However everything did work and my visit was not unpleasant. Meantime to the all important offerings and our experience.
== The Breakfast Menu ==
This menu is available only until 1200 noon. Before you get the impression that a cooked breakfast is the norm in our household, please let me disabuse you. This was a treat and not one I would repeat too often, not for the food quality or the value, but more for the 'well stuffed' feeling and incentive to idle the day away. A separate menu card is provided for the breakfast menu, and we both opted for the standard fare. This traditional breakfast consisted of bacon, sausage, grilled tomato, fried egg, hash browns, mushrooms and baked beans all for £2.69. For larger appetites you could double up on everything plus have toast and butter for an extra £1.20. You could also add extra individual items should you wish at nominal cost. Personally, I could not even contemplate such a feast so early in the day, but some of the customers appeared to manage quite easily. The food was piping hot when it was brought to the table and to my mind perfectly cooked. The grilled bacon and sausage had the stripes from the grill and that glorious char-grilled flavour, which makes my mouth water even to think about it. The egg yolk was just soft and not at all swimming in oil, and even the baked beans were clearly quality Heinz beans.
When we ordered or breakfast we ordered the drinks too, him ordering hot chocolate and me a standard large white coffee. I have to say that whilst the drinks came fresh from an impressive looking machine they were both quite weak and uninspiring. This was probably the most disappointing part of the whole experience. The whole meal came to just £ 7.64 for the pair of us, and honestly we did not want anything further to eat until later the same evening. The staff were attentive and considerate, and the place felt clean and inviting for a start to a leisurely day.
For other tastes, you could have a morning roll with egg, bacon, sausage or vegetarian sausage, or a breakfast bloomer sandwich containing sausage, bacon and fried egg, a muffin or just toast and preserves. From memory these dishes ranged fro 80p for the toast to approx £1.99 for the sandwiches. A child size platter is also available at proportional cost. Unfortunately no fresh fruit, cereal or fruit juice is on offer so this is definitely not going to suit all tastes, but as an occasional teat I can highly recommend it.
But just before you go......
Finally, I should just comment on car parking. Unlike most pubs this does not have a free car park, and street parking or within the complex will actually cost you if it's before 6pm.
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This review is about my experiences of Wetherspoons, particularly the one l visit most, in Stratford!
Sometimes myself and my partner have a drive into stratford and visit their wetherspoons. This is one of the nicer wetherspoons we have visited. We usually go, for affordability, drive out, and we love Stratford so it makes a change to go somewhere a bit different.
Im not one of these people who really loves wetherspoons, neither do l hate it. Its not a pub l go for an exciting evening out (who does?), to me it is a practical pub, offering cheap food and drinks, infact sometimes l have to check menus twice just to make sure lve seen the price right, l do not deny they are a pub offering a bargain!
Wetherspoons is a chain of pubs with over 719 pubs in the UK. They opened their first pub back in 1979. They pride themselves on providing high quality food and drinks at affordable prices.
Wetherspoons offer many different food dishes, and on certain nights they have a curry night, grill club and Sunday club, which offer more than the usual menu offerings, and meals are served with drinks included.
The food in my opinion is okay but not fantastic. The menu has a fairly good selection, but l have found the quality to be poor and portions tend to be small and quite tasteless at times. Its cheap don't get me wrong, but if your after something a little special, ld avoid wetherspoons.
Meals are practical. Having said that lve always found the deserts are really nice, and couldn't fault their chocolate fudge cake! That has top marks from me, but that could be because it contains chocolate! However main meals are rather dull and lve often felt disappointed with my meals which is a shame.
Wetherspoons are presently offering a selection of value meals for £2.99, and on selected meals you can have two meals for £6.99, or a burger and drink, with chips for £4.99. So prices are ver y competitive. They also have a competitive childrens menu, with organic items on the menu which is nice to see.
Im not a huge drinker (believe it or not) but wethersoons are competitive on most drinks. They do all your regular soft drinks and fairly good variety of beers and wines at good prices. You'd be supprised by some of the prices, and there are different offers available. You can also have tea, coffee and cake etc. A bottle of san Miguel is presently 99p!!
Staff and presentation
Cant say lm particularly happy with the service of wetherspoons staff, although meals are always served quickly! However staff often appear tired and grumpy and there are always different members of staff working, so it is aimed at no particular members of staff. Its just they always look rushed of their feet so never have the time to deal with customers properly, they seem to spend the day running around.
At wetherspoons, you order at the bar, so don't have a huge amount of interaction with staff, however the service is impersonal and not pleasant at all.
Generally this particular pub is clean and tidy. But l have been when cutlery was dirty which was disappointing. Staff will always try to rectify problems if they can but many of the staff at this particular wetherspoons don't speak a lot of English, so quite often we have ended up with the wrong items too, another annoyance.
We always tend to sit in the family area because its usually a bit nicer, it seems a bit better looked after, the rest of the pub seems a bit neglected at times.
I personally am not a smoker, but what l will say is they have a nice smoking area of adequate size. Their toilets l have always found reasonably clean too.
Overall, l would say that if your in town and hunger strikes, wetherspoons is fine. It's a simple pub which provides the bare minimum, and that's fine, just don't be disappointed if it doesn't match other pubs that you have visited. It's true what they say that you get what you pay for! I will continue to visit and know plenty of other people who will too just don't expect too much.
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Wetherspoons is a chain of pubs that can be found throughout the UK, they usually have a few pubs in most towns and cities.
Wetherspoons sells a selection of food and alcohol, at very reasonable prices. They have recently had quite a bit of publicity for offering a £1 pint during the recession, where most alcahol prices are plummeting. The food is also reasonably priced, with a good choice on the menu and fairly good quality for the low price.
While Wetherspoons is a good place to drink if your watching the pennies, the atmosphere is not so spectacular. The pub chain does not play music at all, which enables them to offer a further discount on prices, but if the pub is busy you just get the background noise of people talking, with no songs to make your experience more relaxing and enjoyable.
Wetherspoons is a good place to start the night out for a few cheap pints, but that's really where it ends.