I am not a regular pub-goer, so these days I don’t really have much knowledge or experience to compare one pub from another. I tend to be more of a “pop in for something to eat at lunchtime” visitor of pubs.
So let’s start on the food. What I have found eating in a Wetherspoons is basic grub at basic prices, although we are not getting down to the basic of a greasy spoon level – with that in mind, I would 9 times out of 10 rather eat in a greasy spoon over a ‘regular’ pub – the pub generally wins on comfort, but greasy spoons serve up exactly the type of food you would expect, i.e. it is filling and full of energy for getting you going. Think along the lines of most other pubs, there seems to be much of a sameness, but there is a large choice.
The value meals at 2.99 pounds are as follows
Ham, eggs and chips
Jacket potato and DOLPHIN-FRIENDLY tuna mayo
Cottage pie, chips and peas MADE WITH BRITISH BEEF
Sausages, chips and beans
Spicy tomato pasta
NEW Cheese & onion pasty and chips
The value meals at 3.99 include
Bacon carbonara pasta
Steak & kidney pudding
Chicken, leek & Wiltshire ham pie
Chilli con carne
Fish and chips
Wetherspoons have their specials in the form of ‘clubs’
Tuesdays are Steak Club
Thursdays are Curry Club
Sundays are Sunday Club. i.e. a Sunday roast based dinner.
Basically a Club meal means you get a drink included
Then there is the children’s menu! Wetherspoons will dish up, macaroni cheese with carrots and peas WHAT!. “Macaroni cheese with carrots and peas” might rhyme but there is certainly no rhyme or reason to this combination of foodstuffs
Then there is organic spaghetti bolognese. I am still puzzled over this use of the term organic in describing food. This is clearly Wetherspoons attempt at getting down with the ‘caring crowd’ as not only is the spaghetti organic, but one menu claimed that 10p from every meal will be donated to CLIC Sargent (which I understand is a cancer charity for kids). That is all very nice, but I hate to see companies inducing you to buy, by attaching a charity to a product or line – why not project how many spaghettis you are going to sell, then donate the appropriate amount, you will get marginally some respect that way, rather than using the charity as a selling tool.
There is a good choice of starters, sweets and non-alcoholic drinks. As well as jumping on the charity bandwagon, as mentioned above, Wetherspoons are also jumping on the Levi Roots’ Reggae Reggae brand, by serving up chicken nachos as a sharer-meal in Reggae reggae sauce.
Now as for the alcoholic drinks. Any time I have gone into Wetherspoons just for a pint, I have waited an age at the bar. I only go here if I am going into town to see a show or a gig, and although my local one isn’t packed, it is certainly lacking in bar staff, so the amount of people waiting to be served does build up.
Overall Wetherspoons isn’t bad when you want a pint with your lunch at reasonable prices and one or two cheap-ish pints in the evening. It would not be my choice if I fancied a posh meal or a night out.