The menu in wetherspoons is like a historical document from when you first started drinking.
1. Its value is unbeatable.
2. Even in London.
3. Good luck trying to find anywhere else offering this immortal deal.
4. Or how about the CURRY CLUB every Thursday?
Yes, it’s microwaved. And no, I don’t care.
6. OK, the food isn’t exactly Michelin-starred, but at least it’s not pretentious.
7. Check out how the gin and tonic price compares to London hotels.
9. There is top rate “banter”.
10. There are always some friendly locals.
11. Wetherspoons has WIFI, is always open and no one minds you hanging around in there all day.
12. And, if you like, you can get a pint ridiculously early and no one judges you.
Actually maybe this isn’t entirely a good thing. Alcoholism is not to be encouraged. But they do coffee and breakfasts too, you know.
13. J.D. Wetherspoon is named after a teacher who told the company’s founder, Tim Martin, he’d never succeed in business.
15. Wetherspoons uses local buildings that might otherwise get knocked down, like swimming pools, churches and post offices.
And while the British pub industry continues to shrink – at a rate of about 18 a week, according to CAMRA – Wetherspoons opened 29 pubs last year and passed the 900 mark this year, with more to come.
And theatres, like the Llandudno Palladium.
This one in Tunbridge Wells is ridiculous.
17. Spoons isn’t just for boozehounds, it’s for lovers too.
18. And don’t forget Christmas.
19. It’s great if you’ve got kids – they do a drawing competition. Even through pissed adults enter their own ironic efforts.
20. Any trip to Spoons is enlivened by reading Wetherspoons magazine, which tackles THE most important issues of our age.
Tim Martin, the company chairman, always replies with a witty response.
These people really like bhajis.
Funny how a lot of very positive letters get printed in the mag.
21. They opened a pub on a motorway – Junction 2 of the M40 at Beaconsfield – which is either amazing or represents the downfall of civilisation.
(It’s actually amazing).
22. You can get married in them!
The Knights Templar on Chancery Lane in London is licensed to carry out weddings. And what a splendid place to have one.