Wetherspoons

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  1. Bletchleyite

    Bletchleyite Veteran Member

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    I have noticed that of micropubs, I guess it's because the landlord/lady tends to want to run the business directly him/herself and so picks hours to suit.
     
  2. Mutant Lemming

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    It's a case of quality over quantity though - I can wait for somewhere decent to open as opposed to joining the shuffling herd waiting outside the Wetherspoon at 9 a.m.
     
  3. IanD

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    There are about a dozen really good micro-pubs in the Eltham/Bexley/Sidcup area.
     
  4. IanD

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    It also may also be a licensing condition.
     
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    Not sure about that. Using Hemsworth as an example, all the pubs were rubbish run down dumps before Spoons made an appearance. None of the rubbish pubs shut down, but more actually thought, oh crap. So they all refurbished, became nice pubs, and now work to form a decent pub hot-spot for a town its size. Wetherspoon, like Tesco, actually helped to save Hemsworth Town Centre. On a wider point, if it wasn't for the likes of Tesco and Spoons, there would be no reason to go to Hemsworth. (Tesco didn't kill Hemsworth, the by-pass did. Its big companies like Spoons and Tesco that brought people back into the Centre).
     
  6. jon0844

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    The Barrel Vault isn't cheap, but it stands up fairly well to the local competition (excluding walking to a local pub away from either St Pancras or King's Cross which I suspect most people do not do). Compare to Coal Drops Yard and other new developments and Wetherspoons are still cheap.

    And if you want to see how prices vary, just try a Wetherspoons at an airport!

    I've had many a breakfast at St Pancras, and a new option I've found is the breakfast wrap. Under £6 with a drink, which is acceptable given a place to sit and maybe do some work before heading off somewhere. Nicer than sitting in McDonald's (not that I have anything against their own breakfast wrap meal - it's just I'd usually opt for takeaway).
     
  7. DarloRich

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    they sound like minor chain pubs. It i isn't those that die. It is the independents who cant match the investment in fixture and fittings or drive volume discount on booze.
     
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    Might sound like. But all 3 are totally independent. One of which is a brand new Micropub, that came after Spoons.
     
  9. DarloRich

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    fair enough.
     
  10. Butts

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    I am a regular visitor to Spoons on Christmas Day for a pre-lunch drink with my son and ex father in law.

    Malt Whisky £1 extra for a double you can't beat it (single price already extremely competitive)

    They used to have tables set aside for Christmas Lunches but I noticed last year that had stopped.

    Is this a "local thing" or the same across the estate ?
     
  11. jon0844

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    The Barrel Vault at St Pancras now has a large part of the pub marked for diners only, as it was near impossible to eat there when the offices closed nearby and everyone headed there to drink. Some of the booths have been 'converted' to have single tables, as they found one person would take the entire thing otherwise.
     
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    I believe that the entire chain has stopped doing Xmas lunch - co-incident with them ceasing their Sunday "Roast" dinners, I think.
     
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    There was a Christmas menu last year but it was very limited - a turkey slice + veg meal, and two slightly modified normal items, IIRC one was burger-based (though I might be mixing that up with Burns' night) and the other something veggie.
     
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    Aye, remember when a pub was a place you went for a pint!
     
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    That's £4.59 more than Fosters is worth. :)
     
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    I went there Monday. Nothing amazing but non-sticky floors reminded me that I was in a Wetherspoon less than a month old :lol: I asked for the 2019 Wetherspoon Directory and although they didn't have one in (it might not even be out yet given last year's wasn't out until halfway through the year) the staff were very obliging. So overall a good show.
     
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    I was in the 'Nights Templar' on Chancery Lane, central London, on Wednesday. A pint of Doombar cost £3-29 and it was spot on.
     
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    Still say you can’t beat their steak nights, well most of the day really. Some places as cheap as £7.10 including a drink. You couldn’t buy the ingredients for that. Almost always nicely cooked to order too.
     

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