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kirby knitters
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Even a 72 year got a drop of bail.Laugh


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Some outstanding beers on at the Coronation Hall, Surbiton, today.
Tillingbourne, The Source
Surrey Hills, Albury Ruby.
In excellent condition.
A great Wetherspoons Smile



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Undoubtedly been asked before (probably by myself) but is there a definitive list of JDW branches - past and present - online anywhere?


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Undoubtedly been asked before (probably by myself) but is there a definitive list of JDW branches - past and present - online anywhere?


This is the closest I can find

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ccaajpa/pubs-spoons.html

I was in the Red Lion & Pineapple in Acton yesterday. Atmosphere was a bit sterile but the service was good and the breakfast edible.



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Only been in one recently, The Arthur Robertson in Perry Barr, Birmingham. Service was fine and the food as per usual, though the only JDW outlet I have been in where stolen goods were being openly sold on the premises. In this case large jars of Nescafe Gold Blend Coffee.

The seller sold out and went back to get some more stock from, presumably one of the shops at the One Stop Shopping Centre.



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Leyther_Matt
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Undoubtedly been asked before (probably by myself) but is there a definitive list of JDW branches - past and present - online anywhere?


This is the closest I can find

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ccaajpa/pubs-spoons.html

I was in the Red Lion & Pineapple in Acton yesterday. Atmosphere was a bit sterile but the service was good and the breakfast edible.

That’ll do for me, time to finally get round to compiling my list!


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Only been in one recently, The Arthur Robertson in Perry Barr, Birmingham. Service was fine and the food as per usual, though the only JDW outlet I have been in where stolen goods were being openly sold on the premises. In this case large jars of Nescafe Gold Blend Coffee.

The seller sold out and went back to get some more stock from, presumably one of the shops at the One Stop Shopping Centre.


Ha! That could be the same person who was offering me the same in The Billiard Hall in West Bromwich for the bargain price of two quid a jar "or you can have the nine I've got here for twenty quid"!!


kirby knitters
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Did The Barrel Vault open as planned at St Pancras station yesterday?

It's open, doesn't look anything special. Unimpressed

Did it tonight mate with Mrs KK! First time she has done a spoons for 10 years and she/we will not be rushing back! Dreadful service, and as for the terrace!Frown. £4.20 a Fosters not that bad i suppose considering rent which must be astrinomical at LSP. I also had a quicky at Sir John Hawkshaw on Cannon St (revisit) decent enough and no rubbish of any sort on site.Sly


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You didn't think that first line out too well did you.....Shocked

Went in the Shakespeare's Head last Monday at Holborn - it was alright I suppose.

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The Baron in Hinckley will be no more after next September with the lease running out. The place is a right earner so hopefully another establishment will be found in this beautiful historial Leics town.Cool


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Did The Barrel Vault open as planned at St Pancras station yesterday?

It's open, doesn't look anything special. Unimpressed

Did it tonight mate with Mrs KK! First time she has done a spoons for 10 years and she/we will not be rushing back! Dreadful service, and as for the terrace!Frown. £4.20 a Fosters not that bad i suppose considering rent which must be astrinomical at LSP. I also had a quicky at Sir John Hawkshaw on Cannon St (revisit) decent enough and no rubbish of any sort on site.Sly
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I went to the Barrel Vault on Friday on my way to the Pigs Ear beer festival in Hackney. Seven guest beers on, mostly London breweries such as ELB, Twickenham and Truman. Beer in good nick and £3.55 a pint.



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I have no idea (in fact, I hate to imagine) what it might exhibit, but Wetherspoons are planning to open a museum dedicated to the company as well as a hotel on the site of the Moon Under Water in Wolverhampton.


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The mind boggles as to exactly what a Wetherspoons museum might contain, but essential exhibits must include a "Coming Soon" pump clip; a table piled high with empty glasses/plates of half eaten food; and a wide range of Brexit propaganda.


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Cambuslang Wetherspoons in the news . .

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/mass-pub-brawl-cambuslang-wetherspoons-13767728


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The first time I was ever in a Wetherspoons pub was around 1996 – the refurbished Golden Acorn in Glenrothes. It was bright, smelled of polish and new carpets, the choice of beer was, for the time, excellent and cheap, and the food was good by 1990s standards. I liked it.

Yesterday I was in a Wetherspoons pub for what I suspect, and hope, will be the last time. It was the Counting House in Dundee, at around 3.30 in the afternoon. It’s on Reform Street, once the nub of Dundee’s central district, but now a mixture of empty shops and short-lived restaurants and fast food places.

We negotiated the crowd of smokers huddled around the door and entered a dismal world. The lighting was turned down, possibly deliberately to disguise the tatty and tacky carpets, chipped wood on the tables and chairs and the deathly pallor of most of the customers.

Having found a seat, I headed to the bar. It was the usual lay out of keg beers in the middle with two arrays of hand pull taps to either side. Having perused them I thought the choice of real ales was poor – mainly dark, stout type beers. I opted for a pint of the favourite stand by – Deuchars IPA and my mate went for Doom Bar, a drink that I personally find unpleasant. His pint poured ok but the Deuchars was clearly causing problems. After several minutes of sweat and toil the girl serving declared it “off”. I pointed to something else and requested a pint of that which was duly poured. By this time the Doom Bar had settled and required topping up which the barmaid did grudgingly and only after I’d pointed out that I’d asked for a pint, not 90% of a pint.

Returning to my seat we took in the full horror of the clientele. The plethora of scarred faces, tracked forearms, and mobility scooters told the story of Dundee’s public health issues. Conversations centred mainly on Courts, Universal Credit and Fixes. The place went quiet for a few moments as two guys started arguing with each other at a table near the door – a bit of posturing, one smashed glass and some spectacular language but no actual fisticuffs. The bar staff didn’t even seem to notice it was happening.

Tim Martin looked down on it all from one of his Union-Jack bedecked posters. How proud these places must make him to be British! Just compare it to pavement cafes in France, Bier Keller in Germany and Taverna on the Mediterranean.

I’d had a taste of my pint of God Knows What and it was not pleasant. Ten minutes in, with a third of it gone, the remainder was like a bad sample – flat, a little warm, giving off a slight smell and generally looking totally unfinishable. Still it’s only £1.89. As an aside Carling was a mere £1.49 a pint for “today only to clear”.

My mate was relatively ok with him Doom Bar and wanted another and we had time to kill. What could I have to re-invigorate my taste buds? I should probably have gone for Irn Bru but stupidly opted for Strongbow Dark Fruit Cider. Now this stuff may be anathema to the purists but it is usually crisp, fresh and tasty, although not something you would spend the whole day drinking. For the first time ever I was served a bad pint of it. It wasn’t gassy enough, it wasn’t cold enough and the sharp, crisp flavour just wasn’t there. Far be it from me to suggest that this might have been watered down, or out of date stock.

When Wetherspoons began in Scotland they seemed to offer a new challenge in the pub market. Would the independent pubs step up to the mark and take them on? Of course they couldn’t given the bulk buying and loss-leader pricing policies of the shark-like Wetherspoons brand. As other pubs closed Wetherspoons were able to allow their standards to drop yet could retain custom. If you still have a half decent Wetherspoons it’s only because they haven’t managed to get rid of the competition yet – once they do it will go downhill like the rest.

Yesterday’s visit to the Counting House in Dundee has done it for me. Wetherspoons no more.


Sale Holmfield
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That looks familiar from my own experience, although I still do go in them, despite feeling guilty about it.

The JP Joule in Sale opened in the mid nineties, and was first seen as a bright modern super pub. Even then, I heard from people in Sussex, where I used to live, that Wetherspoons down there were down-market holes. It remains a relatively decent and pubby example of the chain, with some good,but never great, beers, but you wouldn't call it bright, modern or super now. The staff are nice too, but it's understaffed, of course. Many of the other pubs are worse, as any regular visitors will know.

I do wonder at the arrogance and ignorance of Tim Martin, sometimes. I remember going in the one near Pollok's ground and seeing adverts to support England in some tournament. Really? Similarly, with no respect to his customers, he appeared in the Moon under Water in northern, Labour voting, Remain Manchester this week, and took it upon himself to tell the customers how wonderful a No Deal Brexit would be. Even though he was protected by his security staff, he was given short shrift and told he was talking "absolute bollocks".


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Seems to be doing a tour of his establishments does Mr Martin as he was in Leicester a couple of weeks ago. Nothing wrong with that of course, quite the opposite in fact but he is no politician and would be wise to keep his opinions to himself.


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Seems to be doing a tour of his establishments does Mr Martin as he was in Leicester a couple of weeks ago. Nothing wrong with that of course, quite the opposite in fact but he is no politician and would be wise to keep his opinions to himself.


Within reason, anyone whether they own a chain of pubs or are posters on this board are entitled to their political opinion and to publicise it however they want.

Mr. Martin's potential problem is if he were to alienate his customer base by doing so, but I do not think there is a great risk here. Price trumps political opinion.

On the subject of prices, I recall reading something about the prices in Wetherspoons pubs. The basic premise was that they would always be the cheapest in the area, but that the prices were variable. This fits with the suggestion made in recent posts that prices in Wetherspoons will increase once any cheap local opposition has dropped out of the market



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kirby knitters
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Little evidence in my experience of JDW banging up prices once the opposition have been taken care of. Many big cities have pubs that are often cheaper than spoons and in same areas.


Sale Holmfield
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For a long time, there were two Sam Smiths pubs, very near to the Wetherspoons in Stockport, which were cheaper, but the Wetherspoons has dropped its prices recently to undercut them. We will see what if anything develops from that, but I expect nothing will.

I did hear something about a proposed boycott of Wetherspoons on political grounds, but I don't know if anything came of it. I have got a feeling the people arguing for one probably didn't go anyway. On the other hand, if there were a boycott, I don't suppose the likes of Jacob Rees-Mogg would become a regular, just because he agrees with Mr Martin on Brexit.


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I see from various reports that Mr Martin is opening more and more 'hotel' accommodation above his pubs. I assume the bedroom upkeep will mirror that of the 'pub' premises and hence I will be giving them a wide berth. I can stand a bit of squalor if I am just in for a quick, cheap pint but certainly would not want to spend a night in such conditions.


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Spent a night at The Angel Hotel in Whitby a couple of years ago, 125 quid and didn't even include breakfast. When we checked in and went to our room we found two workmen in there mending the radiator. They were very polite. Nice room though, if a bit on the small side, and a balcony with a lovely view looking across Whitby harbour.


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A number of forum members have done overnights at spoons and I cannot remember any major complaints being posted but for the prices quoted I think they could chuck a breakfast in.

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