Wetherspoons

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  1. bramling

    bramling Established Member

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    If it is a deliberate policy then it’s a sensible one, as many Wetherspoon establishments can be pretty busy at times to the point where it’s hard to find a table, so maximising the space available for that is quite reasonable IMO - subject to the proviso that there’s a disabled toilet or two in the main level for those who find stairs a problem.

    ISTR Farringdon is another where the toilets are on the ground floor.
     
  2. GusB

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    So it's not just me who has noticed the hike to get to the facilities. My first Spoons was the Archibald Simpson in Aberdeen where you have to walk to the back of the pub, climb stairs and walk along another corridor to get to the cludgie. My local one in Elgin isn't quite so bad, but I've had similar experiences in other places.
     
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    Not a bad thing to be responsible for! Did you go? :lol:
     
  4. Bletchleyite

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    Didn't in the end, I had a meeting at an inconvenient time. Might go tomorrow though :)
     
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    Most recently it was an armed forces recruitment centre I think. I remember going in there relatively recently believe it or not. He ha.
     
  6. Pluto

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    The Opera House in Tunbridge Wells is like that although it is a bit pricier than most spoons.

    Generally I find them good, they do a very reasonably priced breakfast with unlimited tea or coffee.
     
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    Wasn't quite as bad when the Edward The Confessor was open on the other side of the bus station as the knuckle draggers used to gather there for a bevy and a fight. Now that's gone, they tend to gather in the 'Spoons.
     
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    Well he's a thrifty Yorkshireman and considers the West Riding expensive. I think his bus pass is seeing more use as he travels further afield in his search for ale.
     
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    Is that the same Building that used to be a Top Rank Bingo Club in the eighties ?

    I did a few Relief Manager Shifts back then - the "Muppet Boxes" were popular with players - are they still there ?
     
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    Boxes are still there and are used for occasional live opera performances.
     
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    We’ve got several in Liverpool.

    Some are good (the North Western, the Captain Alexander).

    Some are ok (Richard John Blackler and The Fall Well)

    One in particular is horrible, that being The Welkin.

    Decent drinks at decent prices (I don’t drink beer, only shorts and their selection is usually brilliant and they actually know how to mix them properly).

    Food is ok, if you just want pub food. They do the best chips of all the chain Pubs by far, and the Chocolate fudge cake on the dessert menu is superb.

    You just need to make sure you go in one of the good ones!

    It’s a similar story in Manchester where I work.
     
  12. Bletchleyite

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    Interesting you say that over the chips. They are McCain Home Fries, which are basically mashed potato in batter. Annoyingly this makes them unsuitable for gluten free diets (there is a GF version but they cost more so not a Spoons thing), but even ignoring that I'm not a fan.

    You simply cannot improve upon slicing potatoes and deep frying them.
     
  13. furnessvale

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    That is not how Wetherspoons describe their chips which they say are simply potatoes cut into chips.
    https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/food/food-provenance/our-chips
     
  14. Harpers Tate

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    In response to @Bletchleyite

    Oh that is so much a matter of opinion. I have had chips made as you describe varying from practically inedible and foul tasting, right up the outstanding. In my experience, outstanding is pretty rare. What 'spoons do with their McCain product, is produce fairly predictable acceptability - just about never dire, but never outstanding, either; always "OK".
     
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    Odd that you find occasional bits of peel and eyes in their chips. That's great attention to detail in their mashed potato fakery.
     
  16. Bletchleyite

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    :)

    Clearly not mash, then, just overcooked! It tastes like mash.

    They do however have a batter type coating on them (mentioned in the article) which serves no useful purpose other than to make them unsuitable for coeliacs etc.

    This:
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/5685...and-burger-king-reveal-secret-to-their-fries/

    confirms they are indeed McCain Home Fries (also known more recently as Home Chips).
     
  17. IanD

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    I'm not a big fan of their chips either really although it does surprise me how many of my friends think they are the best thing since sliced potatoes.

    I'm with you - just cut a potato (Maris Piper for choice) into sticks and fry it in hot oil. Once.
     
  18. High Dyke

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    I'm currently in one at the moment, High Wycombe. It's pretty busy being lunchtime, but the clientele seem better than in my home town.

    The worst I've ever been in was the Moon and Starfish at Clacton-on- Sea ... Very inbred! It also wanted a good refurbishment. Another experience was the one in Market Square, Nottingham. It was like a scene from a cowboy film. I walked in and everyone stops to look at you.

    Now if they replaced Doombar with a better ale then perhaps I may visit one more often.
     
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    Most 'Spoons usually have something better than Doombar somewhere.

    Edit: Ha! I thought Toolbar was your nickname for Doombar.
     
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    Luckily they do. I'm currently imbibing Windsor & Eton, Knight of the Garter.

    Indeed...stupid predictive text. :s
     
  21. Bletchleyite

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    Clacton is as a place *rough*. It makes Southport look incredibly posh, though it and Blackpool might be an even match in a pub brawl.
     
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    Toolbar! :lol:
     
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    Got to say they the Chips are consistently good and to my taste. Can't beat the offering on steak night, especially in Central London, where £12 and change gets a Sirloin, Chips and a Brewdog Punk IPA.
     
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    Visiting the Richard John Blackler in Liverpool is a real blast from the past ! I was there just a few months ago, over New Year and the memories of the huge father Christmas and the Grotto came flooding back !

    Food wise, I'd only go for breakfast, the toast is good, as are the bacon and sausage buns ! Unlimited refills are really appreciated by this expresso aficionado !
     
  25. AnthonyRail

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    I'm currently in one at the moment at Taunton.

    Okay food at cheap prices. I only visit Wetherspoon to photo the carpet.
     
  26. Busaholic

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    Don't go dissing Cornwall's finest: well, the finest Wetherspoons are prepared to buy in to sell at £2.15 a pop, anyway!
     
  27. Drsatan

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    I have mixed views regarding Wetherspoons.

    I like the fact you can buy a pint of ale for under £4 at most of their establishments, the food is (bar a few exceptions) good value, making a pub lunch more affordable to individuals on low incomes. Wetherspoons have sympathetically restored most of their pubs, a good example would be the Imperial in Exeter.

    I'm not a fan of Tim Martin's political views and how his business promotes these views in his pubs, nor am I a fan of their use of zero-hours contracts or the poor treatment of their staff.

    Unfortunately, some of us are trapped in a scenario where the only affordable pint is a Wetherspoons pint due to zero-hours contracts and underemployment,
     
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    I thought JDW’s was generally regarded as a good employer, albeit one who pays low wages. Have I picked up the wrong end of the stick on this?
     
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    In my book those two statements directly contradict each other.

    Sadly we probably now are at the point where not treating your workforce like sh*t is something to crow about rather than being the basic standard expected of every employer.
     
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    After an expensive mediocre pint at the dreadfully over rated Parcel Yard at KX I nipped over to St.P expecting a swift (if expensive) pint at the Sourced Market bar. Unfortunately a 'technical issue' meant they had no draught beer so I bit the bullet and gave the Wetherspoon a try - £5.49 for a pint of Staropramen ! They are having a serious patchy long necked creature on this - premium prices for a second rate Lidl/Aldi style experience? Are they for real. They're going to be going along the full Aldi/Lidl road and advertise their inferior second rate offering as being quality at this rate.
     

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