Written on: 19/02/2009 by Woodie09
Cheap and often cheerful. Good range of real ales. Food served virtually all day.
Inconsistent between branches (and occasionally between shifts at the same branch). Sometimes service and products can be quite poor in my opinion. Wetherspoon's can lack a little atmosphere if they are quiet due to their resistance to any sort of music.
I certainly think you can't fault their prices, and as a cheap place to eat they are one of the best you can find since you can buy a burger and a drink for little more than you'd pay in McDonalds. Not forgetting the added bonus that the drink is alcoholic. However, I find the quality of the food is not the best, and I do find a big variation in the food between branches. This also covers the general cleanliness and the rate of table clearance at individual branches. It is, however, a good place for breakfast if you stay in a room only hotel.
The same can be said of beer which can be heavenly, though often in my experience isn't well maintained and can just as easily be hellish. They do have seem to have some fairly arbitrary rules such as not allowing any music, not even a jukebox , or not permitting entry to anyone in a football shirt (which has deprived them of my business on at least two occasions).
In summary, Wetherpoon's fill a niche. You can get a meal and a drink for less than a fiver, though you have to be aware that at those prices you are not talking Michelin Star. There are often better places to get lunch, but for quick, cheap food at times many other places aren't even open or selling food it works.