“ Address: 30 Leicester Square / London WC2H 7JZ / United Kingdom / Tel: 020 7839 7967 „
Its fairly sure that wherever you live in the UK, there is a Yates Wine Lodge, it's a nationwide chain of food serving pubs which don't break the bank. With over 70 branches in the UK, they offer food and drink 7 days a week.
The pub I visited was based on Leicester Square in London, with one exit on Leicester Square and one on Charing Cross Road. The venue is two minutes walk from Leicester Square tube station and close to myriad bus stops. It is a great location, but this does mean it gets really busy because of this and because of its good value in an area renowned for being expensive. I came here more because it was one of the few places in the area where I could get a meal and drinks for under a tenner having been stung for Fish and Chips for £40 recently in an unnamed Fish and Chip restaurant on the square.
A labyrinth of a pub, this is huge, set over one floor with loads of little areas to sit, seating varies from booths to tables and chairs to lots of little stools, at busy times it can be difficult getting a seat, but it looks really good and different to most of the venues in the chain.
You can buy a bottle of wine for £4.99 or a decent selection of beers from Guinness and Fosters to Becks and John Smith for under £2.50, the prices are reasonable and encourage you to have more than one, they have offers for as free drink with your meal and for special offers on evening cocktails, there is a good range of alcohol as well as non-alcoholic drinks and it's a pub which mixes choice with value.
You can get a wide array of special offers on food, from 2 for 1 desserts through burger and a drink for £4.95 or a meal and drink for £4.95, there are two meals for £5.95 or you can just order from the menu. I would heartily recommend the fry up breakfasts which are great value and filling. The rest of the menu is fairly standard with burgers, fish and chips, pasta, curry and a variety of sandwiches and extras. Nothing should come to much more than £5 and just like their Wetherspoon rivals, the meals are large enough to be filling, without being of any great quality. I've never had a bad meal here, but never had a great one either. I like the menu which is varied but has a few twists, however it is a fairly standard pub menu.
Service at the bar is fairly good, it can get busy on the day of a football match or in the evenings, but other than that it is a really good standard. The place gets incredibly busy and food is brought out quickly. Staff do rush about and at times can be overwhelmed by demand, but it is a massive bar and they do try to have as many staff as possible to deal with this.
I liked the place, I have eaten massive breakfasts here at quiet times and enjoyed it and eaten in the evenings when it is far busier and enjoyed it. The food is fine, not great and the drink selection is preferable for price than quality, but it's the kind of place where you can have a good evening with mates and not regret how much you spent the next morning!