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acmold
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There are now two Wetherspoon's to tick off in Stourbridge!

Spoilt for choice now. Two 'Spoons' in both my hometown and university town!



Doesn't that mean having to contend with four different lots of smelly old gits Tongue


While wasting an hour of my life wandering around the centre of Swindon this morning, I passed a 'Spoons about noon that was doing a roaring trade with at least twenty smelly old gits sat outside already hard at it. One was the spitting image of Bruce Forsyth (but in tracky bottoms and with a flee-bitten mut on a rope for company). This 'Spoons was called 'The Savoy'.

Going slightly off-topic, there is a homeless guy often sitting on the floor at Oxford bus station who looks just like Teddy Sheringham (but on hard times, and usually shirtless).



When I go shopping to the "Cowley Centre" at about 8am there is always a good assortment of "Smelly Gits" already inside the William Morris, they now open at 7am. As the local song goes, there's only two William Morris's.

Must look for "Teddy" next time I venture into Oxford.

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Going back to the original question posed, I regard Wetherspoons in the same light as Macdonalds, Burger King, Brewers Fare etc . . . Standardised, franchised and redolent of the unpleasant side of capitalism. The 'food' is delivered in microwavable containers; Service is poor; Beer is often badly kept; Staff are paid the minimum wage . . . but because Wetherspoons is cheap we are supposed to think it's great.

With their cheap prices and special offers, they are responsible for the demise of many excellent local and independent pubs, and for promoting the 'binge drinking' culture which blights the UK.

Thankfully, so far, the local council where I live have refused them planning permission on the grounds of impact on local businesses. How long they will maintain that stance remains to be seen.


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Going back to the original question posed, I regard Wetherspoons in the same light as Macdonalds, Burger King, Brewers Fare etc . . . Standardised, franchised and redolent of the unpleasant side of capitalism. The 'food' is delivered in microwavable containers; Service is poor; Beer is often badly kept; Staff are paid the minimum wage . . . but because Wetherspoons is cheap we are supposed to think it's great.

With their cheap prices and special offers, they are responsible for the demise of many excellent local and independent pubs, and for promoting the 'binge drinking' culture which blights the UK.

Thankfully, so far, the local council where I live have refused them planning permission on the grounds of impact on local businesses. How long they will maintain that stance remains to be seen.


Its easy to generalise, and to a certain extent I agree. However some 'Spoons are excellent. The Penny Black in Northwich is one such example, the beer range is good. I believe the one in Mold is the same. On the other hand, The Moon Under Water on Deansgate in Manchester has woeful service, and The Swan in Weymouth has the least exciting beer range of any 'Spoons I've been in.



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Going back to the original question posed, I regard Wetherspoons in the same light as Macdonalds, Burger King, Brewers Fare etc . . . Standardised, franchised and redolent of the unpleasant side of capitalism. The 'food' is delivered in microwavable containers; Service is poor; Beer is often badly kept; Staff are paid the minimum wage . . . but because Wetherspoons is cheap we are supposed to think it's great.

With their cheap prices and special offers, they are responsible for the demise of many excellent local and independent pubs, and for promoting the 'binge drinking' culture which blights the UK.

Thankfully, so far, the local council where I live have refused them planning permission on the grounds of impact on local businesses. How long they will maintain that stance remains to be seen.


Its easy to generalise, and to a certain extent I agree. However some 'Spoons are excellent. The Penny Black in Northwich is one such example, the beer range is good. I believe the one in Mold is the same. On the other hand, The Moon Under Water on Deansgate in Manchester has woeful service, and The Swan in Weymouth has the least exciting beer range of any 'Spoons I've been in.

Went to the bar upstairs in the MUW the other Saturday and got served straight away. They were two deep downstairs!


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Went to the bar upstairs in the MUW the other Saturday and got served straight away. They were two deep downstairs!


In my experience (several visits, not my choice......) they are always short staffed, can't manage to recognise who is "next" and woe betide you if you want a beer that is downstairs when you are upstairs............



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That must be the Chequers then. Where's the other one?


About ten yards down the road from Chequers! Bizarre really to have another.

Anyway I think Wetherspoons food is vastly superior to the tat that is served up at McDonald's, KFC etc. It is much healthier and I do think it is of better quality.

Also, it tends not to attract the proletariat that the aforementioned fast food outlets seem too.


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My top three (out of only 195 so far)-this is based on range of beers/quality;
1) Babbington Arms-Derby
2) Cap in Hand-Tolworth/Surbiton
3) Sir Henry Segrave-Southport

Have by and large enjoyed the food at the Spoons- the large breakfast at the Southport outlet yesterday was both enormous/well cooked/tasty.

2 new ones locally to tick this week; Coventry(by the Sky Dome), Northfield (Birmingham)


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was in the news this summer that boss of wetherspoons is trying to get a licence to sell beer with breakfast from 7.00 am ! must be that they want too compete with mcdonalds for the morning trade.



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was in the news this summer that boss of wetherspoons is trying to get a licence to sell beer with breakfast from 7.00 am ! must be that they want too compete with mcdonalds for the morning trade.



My local McDs only sells root beer. Is it different in Wrexham?Wink



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Root beer, I don't think they've sold that since the 80s have they? If you want some just go to Boots and ask for TixylixWink



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Root beer, I don't think they've sold that since the 80s have they? If you want some just go to Boots and ask for TixylixWink


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Root Beer is that not like Dandelion & Burdock.


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Root Beer is that not like Dandelion & Burdock.

No, that's Tixylix. Tongue



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I love the wetherspoons pubs. I always make a point of visiting the 'Thomas Frost' before games at Anfield.



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after a tremendous large breakfast and an excellent pint of Danish Dynamite in my local Spoons (Sedgley) yesterday morning, finally completed number 200 in sunny Runcorn with a visit to the Ferry Boat and a cold pint of Macno Piwo (anyone know what it means) by George Wright brewery.


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after a tremendous large breakfast and an excellent pint of Danish Dynamite in my local Spoons (Sedgley) yesterday morning, finally completed number 200 in sunny Runcorn with a visit to the Ferry Boat and a cold pint of Macno Piwo (anyone know what it means) by George Wright brewery.


The handpump clip states "Macno Piwo Strong Beer". Piwo is Polish for beer, don't know what macno means..... maybe "strong"??


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It's nice to see Grumpy's eyes are up to their usual standard....it's actually Mocne Piwo which as Paul rightly says is Polish for strong beer. Not that I think a 5.1% beer is classed as strong in Poland.

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shows how bad my eyes are; Villan had to tell me what the pump clip said!! mind you, it was the usual subdued Spoons lighting!!! and I had to spend the day trying to fathom out Dave`s satnav in the Tardis!!!!!


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new weatherspoons in shotton deeside just opened, will have to get around to trying it out Smile



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Yesterday was my first time in "The Crosse Keys" 'Spoons between Liverpool St and London Bridge. Very large pub with 23 different beers on tap.


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Couldn't live without Wetherspoons!
My only complaint is they keep opening new ones in towns I have already visited for football Frown
It is rare to find a bad one but I would seriously avoid Eltham and Feltham! Sly
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By 'eck that's a lot of Spoons done! I usually do them as they're open before the rest of the GBG pubs are in the towns I'm going to! Add to the fact I get 20 worth of vouchers to use up every year..!



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Ponte Carlo - Do those vouchers keep you going until midday on one of your away trips?Tongue

I visited The William White (JDW) in Nuneaton last Saturday, then walked opposite to The Angel which wasnt a JDW but looked identical in decor and much the same (apart from guest ales) on tap!


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Nahh, usually about 11-1130!! Cool



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Couldn't live without Wetherspoons!
My only complaint is they keep opening new ones in towns I have already visited for football Frown
It is rare to find a bad one but I would seriously avoid Eltham and Feltham! Sly
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Yes I find that frustrating as well, a couple of years ago after the Easter Hop I completed all of Devon Wetherspoons now they have opened 2 more in Exeter as well as extra ones in Torquay and Barnstaple Mad



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