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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:08 am    Post subject: Wetherspoons  Reply with quote

Went to one in Solihull yesterday. Called the Assembly Rooms - it's a lovely old building which used to be a library and has been sympathetically restored. I guess if it hadn't been bought up by the chain it would probably be a Cash Generator downstairs and a Taxi firm upstairs, or been knocked down altogether.

Having said that, the service was terrible. Although not busy, there was a big queue at the bar as only one person serving. - who was also taking food orders. They were out of three of the four bitters, and when I eventually got my pint of Abbott, it was sloshed out the glass like disinfectant into a bucket and didn't taste a lot better.

As they sell beer(and food) so cheap, I guess they must look to cut costs elsewhere. Service is probably one of them.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the business model there is to have the least staff possible, buy beer in bulk nationally and pay the lowest prices for everything including property, wages and food supplies

It is what it is. The one near me does the cheapest beer in town - go there and get a bit tanked up on the cheap stuff and then go for a more leisurely drink in the nicer pricier places later
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the business model there is to have the least staff possible, buy beer in bulk nationally and pay the lowest prices for everything including property, wages and food supplies

It is what it is. The one near me does the cheapest beer in town - go there and get a bit tanked up on the cheap stuff and then go for a more leisurely drink in the nicer pricier places later
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely a variable thing, the ones in Leeds centre are usually sufficiently staffed when I've been, chocka or not, but the service at the one in Skeggy which me and Heyho frequented not long back, was at times painfully slow service mainly because of BASTARDS ordering cocktails which take a lot longer to prepare

Food ordering can slow things up for everyone else too but I've rarely had a problem in 'spoons with that.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wetherspoons currently have a beer festival which I must commend, though it starkly shows up the pricing policies across the city. Otley 1.99 a pint - exact same beers in the city centre: 2.60 a pint.

You are right about the level of staffing, which can be very short-handed at times. Coffees take a disproportionately long time to prepare. And the food ordering is overly long for what is on offer, and their extension selling makes it even worse.

"I'd like a mixed grill please."
(Faffs about with the till...)

Do you want to make it extra large? No.
(More faffing about with the till...)

How would you like your steak? Rare.
(Even more faffing about with the till...)

Salad or peas? Peas.
(Yet more faffing about with the till...)

Would you like extra seasoning on the chips for 20 pence? No.
(Faffs with till. Oi Dave, how do you do no extra seasoning on the chips? Two staff faff with till.)

...extra onion rings for 50 pence? No.
(Stares at till. Dave, where's the no extra onion rings button? You don't know? I'll ask Sarah. She's in the kitchen. Sorry mate. Won't be a second.)

(Five minutes later. Sorry about that mate. Faffs with till.)
... a special sauce for a pound? No.
(Majoring faffing about with till. Are you sure you don't want a sauce? I found that button. Some serious faffing with the till ensues. Found it!)

...and for 2 pounds extra, would you like a blow job off the waitress, or waiter, of your choice? No. My wife is with me.
(Stares at till. Dave, come here. Where's the no blow job button. You can't see it either? I'll ask Sarah. Oh shit, she's on fag break. Sorry mate. Won't be a second.)

(Ten minutes later. Sorry about that mate. Faffs with till.)
So that's one standard mixed grill, rare steak, peas, no extra seasoning on the chips, no extra onions rings, with special sauce, and no blow job as your wife is with you.

I don't want special sauce.
(Oh shit. Peviously unseen levels of faffing with the till follows. Smoke and small licks of flame are seen rising fom the till. Right got it.)

What table number is it? I've been here so long I can't remember.

Oh dear, you'll have to go away and find out. Then join the back of the queue because there's a lot of people waiting. We're very busy you know. Then we'll just have to start again...
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh, heh.

* Faffs with till. *

Spends a couple of quid.

* Attempts to over-tip waitress. *
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've long been a convert but am wary of their impact. I don't believe THEY have caused the sad downfall of basic boozers they have simply successfully reacted to wider national and global issues that have wrecked pubs. The one thing that really makes me sad is the out of town pubs disappearing, locals. Fuck me us it too much too ask for people to go in day once a month for a couple of pints. That's all it takes if enough did it. When they go they are gone forever and what a sad place it will be. Drinking at home is ok, I'm no stranger to it but not a tenth of the pleasure than in a pub

The one we have in Huddersfield The Cherry Tree is First class. Great manager decent staff and fab ale. Its neither a posh one like Harrogate or a rough one like some I've been in which suits the town perfectly.

Agree with the sentiments of PMs funny scenario though, but that can be anywhere these days. This Leeds disease of paying for a drink with a credit card is spreading to 'udders even.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plastic Man wrote:
Wetherspoons currently have a beer festival which I must commend, though it starkly shows up the pricing policies across the city. Otley 1.99 a pint - exact same beers in the city centre: 2.60 a pint.

You are right about the level of staffing, which can be very short-handed at times. Coffees take a disproportionately long time to prepare. And the food ordering is overly long for what is on offer, and their extension selling makes it even worse.

"I'd like a mixed grill please."
(Faffs about with the till...)

Do you want to make it extra large? No.
(More faffing about with the till...)

How would you like your steak? Rare.
(Even more faffing about with the till...)

Salad or peas? Peas.
(Yet more faffing about with the till...)

Would you like extra seasoning on the chips for 20 pence? No.
(Faffs with till. Oi Dave, how do you do no extra seasoning on the chips? Two staff faff with till.)

...extra onion rings for 50 pence? No.
(Stares at till. Dave, where's the no extra onion rings button? You don't know? I'll ask Sarah. She's in the kitchen. Sorry mate. Won't be a second.)

(Five minutes later. Sorry about that mate. Faffs with till.)
... a special sauce for a pound? No.
(Majoring faffing about with till. Are you sure you don't want a sauce? I found that button. Some serious faffing with the till ensues. Found it!)

...and for 2 pounds extra, would you like a blow job off the waitress, or waiter, of your choice? No. My wife is with me.
(Stares at till. Dave, come here. Where's the no blow job button. You can't see it either? I'll ask Sarah. Oh shit, she's on fag break. Sorry mate. Won't be a second.)

(Ten minutes later. Sorry about that mate. Faffs with till.)
So that's one standard mixed grill, rare steak, peas, no extra seasoning on the chips, no extra onions rings, with special sauce, and no blow job as your wife is with you.

I don't want special sauce.
(Oh shit. Peviously unseen levels of faffing with the till follows. Smoke and small licks of flame are seen rising fom the till. Right got it.)

What table number is it? I've been here so long I can't remember.

Oh dear, you'll have to go away and find out. Then join the back of the queue because there's a lot of people waiting. We're very busy you know. Then we'll just have to start again...


would make a good tv comedy sketch that
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Poshest/Nicest one ive been in so far, Beverley, The Cross Keys. Nice mindst
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Must have been in over a couple of dozen now.

Worse one has to be the one in Wakefield. Best one, dunno really there's several that have resurrected old buildings and kept them safe for a while.
The one in Harrogate isn't bad. I actually like the one on Baker Street which is an old Victorian hotel. Maybe because I usually get there at about 10am on the day of the Challenge Cup final (not this year!!!!).


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