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A MIX OF POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES
Wetherspoons Pubs - in general
Member Name: angelboouk
Wetherspoons Pubs - in general
Advantages: GOOD FOOD AT GOOD PRICES
Disadvantages: ISSUES IN KITCHEN, LIGHTING
Wetherspoons is a chain of pubs/restaurants throughout the UK. Each pub has it's own name and the one I will base my experiences on is The Brandon Works in Motherwell, Lanarkshire.
Wetherspoons prides itself in providing the best customer service. They offer various drinks (alcoholic, non alcoholic & teas/coffees). They also have an extensive menu and are family friendly. Children are welcome and high chairs are provided for them if needed.
The design of any Wetherspoons I have been to is very similar. The bar is well stocked and down one side of the pub. There is a huge range of seating options including small and large tables, high tables, corner tables with leather seating and sofas. There are ladies and gentlemens toilets and also a baby changing room and disabled toilets. Like most pubs, they have fruit and activity machines at a cost.
On entering the pub, you simply find a seat and take a look at one of the menus. In the morning, there will be a breakfast menu and a lunch menu. They also have drinks menus showing what is available. If you just wish to purchase drinks, simply wait at the bar to be served and order. If you wish to purchase food, there will be a number etched onto your table which you need to give the server and order your food. The drinks can be taken there and then. You will pay and be given a receipt.
Once your food is ready, the waiters will bring it to your table along with any cuttlery you will need. Condiments such as sauce and salt, are placed on units around the pub and it is a case of "help yourself". Once you have finished your meal, you can get up and leave.
Wetherspoons is mainly a pub and therefore sells mainly alcoholic beverages.
Beers and Ciders - this includes draught and bottled drinks. Expect to see the likes of Budweiser, Carlsberg, Magners and Strongbow to name a few.
Real Ale - including Greene King.
Wine - white, red, rose or champagne. Charged by the glass or bottlle.
Spirits and Cocktails - expect to see the likes of Absolu Vodka and Sambuca. Wetherspoons offer cocktail pitchers with amazing names. One being Frilly Tutu which is 2x25ml vodka, 25ml cherry sourz, 25ml apple sourz, pineapple juice, orange juice and soda. Pitchers are around the £6-7 mark and are great for nights out.
Soft drinks and others - Pepsi, 7Up, water and more including coffee and teas to suit your needs. Don't expect Coca Cola though as they don't stock it :(
Wetherspoons hold an annual beer festival where most beers are reduced in price. Normal prices are fairly reasonable and it is around £2 ish for a Bud.
Several options to suit your hunger. You can opt for a full traditional Scottish or English breakfast adding extras for 79p an item. Not as hungry? Opt for a roll with bacon and coffee or some yoghurt. The list is endless. Breakfast items start from 99p through to just under £4. The toast is made with seasame seed bread.
This is an extensive menu and includes starters, mains and desserts. Kids also have a section of the usual nuggets and chips etc with a free activity pack and fruit. There is a wide selection of choices for vegetarians/vegan etc and everything is clearly labelled and somethings are pictured.
Starters include nachos, sharing platters, soups and various breads.
Mains include baked potatoes, salads, wraps, steaks, fish and chips and burgers. Buy a burger with chips and a drink for £4.99. Sides are available and include chips, coleslaw, beans etc.
Desserts include chocolate fudge cake, ice cream and cheesecake to name a few without me drooling lol!
Prices are reasonable for what you get and start around £1.99 for starters, £2.99 for mains and £1.99 for desserts upwards.
Tuesday night is Steak Night where you can buy a steak from the menu with chips or baked potato and a drink. I think this is around £5.99
Thursday night is Curry Night offering various curries and accompiaments and a drink for the same price.
Sunday offers various roast dinners including beef and turkey with a drink.
At Christmas, expect to see festive meals on the menu at special prices.
From my experience, staff serving behind the bar are usually young and well kept. Management are always available if needed and are dressed accordingly.
I visit my local Wetherspoons on a regular basis usually with my sister when we meet up as she recently moved away from being across the road frome me! The reason we choose this restaurant is because that there is an extensive menu that isn't grossely overpriced, the kids are welcome and there is space for the buggies. In our town, there isn't many places you can go to eat that will accommodate 2 buggies, 2 toddlers, 2 adults and 2 children.
I have visited Wetherspoons in the afternoon, evening and at weekends and near Christmas. The amount of people there depends on when you go. We mainly now go in the morning for breakfast on a Tuesday and it is usually empty except for a few eaters. Not many drinkers at 10am!
Our most recent vist was this morning when me, my sister, the toddlers and my niece went for our usual breakfast. Usually everything is fine and we enjoy our breakfast but today was an exception.
We went in and sat up the back of the pub. The tables felt quite sticky which was rather annoying and the lighting *even in day light* is awful but I suspect this is the case with most of their pubs to give an ambience feel at night time. Not good though when you want to actual see whar you are eating.
Stacey went up and ordered first her large English breakfast (sharing with my nephew), 2 portions of toast, a kids breakfast for my niece and 3 Fruit Shoots. Came to just over £10. I went up next and ordered a Scottish Breakfast with extra link sausage, toast and an apple juice at a cost of just under £6.
Ordering was easy and there was only one girl behind the counter. She was pleasant enough. My breakfast arrived first after around 5mins and I noticed that they had given me an extra square sausage rather than link. I also had marmalade instead of jam for my toast. The manager took the breakfast back and returned with jams and told me my sausage wouldn't be long.
Staceys breakfast and the other bits and pieces arrived after 10mins and my sister has never looked more disgusted in all her life. The sausages were burnt to a crisp, there were no grilled tomato as advertised and the potato breads certainly had not been fried. The toast was burnt badly almost cremated! My sausage still hadn't arrived after 20mins when my sister asked to speak to a manager.
10mins later a manager appeared and she advised that she was not at all happy with what had been served and asked if there was a new chef on as it is normally nice. He advised there had been a gas leak (!) in the kitchen this morning meaning everything had to be done under the grill (doesn't explain how they managed the fried eggs though). The waitress even asked what the sausage was as it was unrecognisable and the manager was disgusted that they had served is this awful breakfast.
He advised the kitchen issue was being fixed and brought us new toast and my sausage (30mins after ordering). He also returned with our refund and told us to just eat what we could and could not have apologised more. We were happy as we did manage to eat half the breakfast and get paid for it. The manager was extremely professional and excelled in customer service skills. Unlike the other one though..the last time we had a run in with him over a banana that had went off, he was rude he swore at us walking away!
Overall I do like Weatherspoons and feel there is something for everyone there at good prices. At Christmas, the turkey dinners are superb and the atmosphere is fantastic. I am not personally much of a drinker and do not go to pubs to drink especially with my son with me. My partner does go here sometimes with his friends at the weekends and it is very busy and security is on the door. The alcoholic range is brilliant and the cocktail pitchers are great value.
Hubby did mention an issue one of his mates had a recent birthday night out. He had recently turned 22 and they were out celebrating but he forgot his ID. They wouldn't believe his age and refused to serve my partner (who is 27 and had ID) because one of them didn't. They had to leave and go elsewhere.
The food is of a good standard and is served quickly during quiet times though peak times will mean waiting longer but I wouldn't say I have waited any longer than about 40mins.
Thanks for reading!
Summary: A GREAT BUDGET PUB
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