“ 1 Bridge Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU. Telephone: 01582 454608. „
The Whitehouse is a JD Whetherspoons pub which is situated in the centre of Luton, in The Galaxy complex. I have visited this pub many times and enjoy going down and meeting my mates for a pint (or two!) here. This is one of the few places in Luton's town centre which shows football matches, so we regularly go down to watch the games on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
The pub also does decent food at a great price! I especially enjoy going on a Sunday afternoon for a roast which is a superb value at only £5.99 and that includes a choice of drink from a Pepsi to a cold pint of Fosters and also a choice of desserts. They also do great deals on food like pannins and burger and chips which are also great value and available as a meal deal (which includes a drink and a dessert).
As well as a great place to visit during the day it is also a good place to visit on a night out. The place is always busy and lively, mainly due to their great offers on all kinds of drinks. This includes £1 shots of tequila, double shots of JD for £2.50 and a pint of Fosters for only £1.50! This is a place where you can get drunk for little money!
They are open until 1.00am on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday but do charge £2 entry after 10.00pm. The place does get busy on Fridays and Saturdays and like most places in Luton there can be trouble but as long as you keep out of the way of the idiots you will be ok! Not somewhere I would spend all night at but worth a visit now and again for the cheapness if nothing else! Average service from the staff but I don't expect they get paid a lot looking at the prices!
Like most Weatherspoons around the country this place is good if you don't have much cash but is never the first choice if you have a few pounds in your pocket!
I am a Lutionian and worked at aforementioned Whitehouse for a period. Let me assure you that it is not a nice place and in my (and many others!) opinion is in probably one of the worst areas in the town. And believe me I know the place well!
The White House in Luton is a fab pub for meeting with friends, as theres no loud music pumping out...just the sound of loads of people. Its a really strange pub to drink in, as the decor makes the place feel huge. There is a good selection of fine booze here, for reasonable prices. Food is served Mon -Sat between 11am and 10pm, and Sundays 12noon - 9.30pm. The average cost of a main course is £5, but they often have special offers and a ' light ' lunch menu, that means you can eat well for under £5. The menu is typical of many pub / bar menus...chicken & chips, pies, and pasta. There is also a good selection of sandwiches. I often have the veggie pasta option, this changes frequently on the specials board, and I have never been dissapointed yet. The food is great, and the portion sizes are decent. I've found it gets busy on the typical weekend nights, but its not too bad at lunch / early evening. The only problem is, no kids can go in, so its no good for families with young kids. However, for a mum like me, its nice not to be bothered with the kids for a change!
A little while ago, I visited the J. D. Weatherspoons in Luton (which I'm reliably informed is called "The Whitehouse") and was so pleased with the experience that I requested the creation of this category so that I could write this opinion. Of course, I then forgot all about it until recently and I've started feeling guilty about getting someone to create the topic for me and then not using it, so here I go. I have to be very careful about this. I'm sure there are some really nice parts of Luton and I'm sure there are some really nice places for a drink and meal in the town centre. Unfortunately, I didn't find any of them and the impression I have is not a very favourable one. So it was with some relief that I found the Weatherspoons in the cinema multiplex in the centre of town. Maybe that relief has influenced my opinion, but I really was very impressed at the time. We (MrsTT and I) were stopping over in Luton ready for an early onward journey the next morning. We thought somewhere like Luton must have some interesting places to eat so we headed into town. After wandering around for an hour, we gave up and headed into the cineplex (sorry, I've forgetton the lovely marketing name). To kill time we thought we'd see Tomb Raider (a mistake, see my review for details) and it was convenient to get something to eat beforehand in the complex. Besides a multi-screen cinema, the centre also has a bowling alley (I think), a chinese restaurant, a Yates' Wine Lodge and the Weatherspoons. I've used other Weatherspoons before, but only for beer. I knew I should be able to get a good pint for a reasonable price but I hadn't eaten there before. The most impressive feature of this particular venue was the decor. I don't think I've seen a pub like it. The most striking aspect is that it is actually on 2 floors (well really one and a half). The ground floor has two large bars and s
eating area, all open plan. The unique feature is that there is a metal spiral staircase which takes you up to the upper half-floor which is decorated as a library area. There are nice comfy chairs, plenty of old books and a great view of all the action on the ground floor. Oh, and it's a non-smoking zone, which is nice. Thankfully, the air-conditioning keeps out the smoke from down below. It seemed like a risky business to me - it's all very well having the stairs and the viewing gallery when it's quiet, but I'd hate to think what would happen with the young oiks drinking their fancy-labelled bottles of industrial alcohol, lemonade and sweeteners until closing time. Anyway, we enjoyed the design. Besides this extra floor, there wasn't anything else of particulare note, all pretty standard "olde-world" style - lots of brick walls and lots of faux-memorabilia hanging from ceilings and walls. Of course, this is all very interesting, but the key feauture should be the food and drink. I had a couple of nice pints of some real ale (sorry can't remember which now, but it wasn't a national brand) for less than 2 quid a pint. We had the Aberdeen Angus Steak Pie with mash and the Chilli Con Carne with rice. The two meals cost less than 10 pounds and were ready within 20 minutes. The meals were served to our table in the library area. The pie was excellent with good pieces of meat and not a lump of gristle in sight. The chilli was ok, but any public eating place with sense wouldn't sell it hot enough for our tastes! It was pretty good though. In general, I think you can rely on Weatherspoons for good beer at a good price. On the evidence of this location, you can probably rely on the quality and value of the food also. The unique design of the Luton branch definitely adds some bonus points. I'm really sorry if I've offended any Luton-ites out there. I don't mean too. I
'm sure I missed all the really good places to visit.