The best way to waste money anywhere is to spend it on alcohol.
The 6,500 square feet pub cost J D Wetherspoon around £2 milllion and has room for 270 seats.
So I expected a pleasant dining experience on my visit.
The menus are the same as in every other Spoons
I arrived during rush hour, so the pub was a bit busy.
Where to sit
There’s often the opportunity to opt for a quieter seat on the top floor in Wetherspoons, but here everything is all on one floor, so as I looked for a seat I found myself stepping over bags and misplaced chairs.
There weren’t many free tables for one or two people, the whole area was filled with a mixture of after work ‘meetings’ and commuters with luggage.
Although the pub was filled with people, the design ensured it was still spacious and there was a bit of wriggle room.
It was noisy but no more than the usual low rumble of chatter in a pub.
Although it had the usual high ceilings, the weird dangly lights hung really low.
I decided to check the bathroom to see if they had opted for a quirkier carpet in the bathroom design, and it was also essential I saw what the ladies’ bathroom looked like to see if it was clean and selfie appropriate.
It was small, with only three stalls and two sinks. There was no carpet, tiles again.
The bathroom was as stylish as a Spoons gets
Customer service was excellent, staff were attentive, taking plates and wiping tables hot on the heels of leaving customers.
My food appeared in just under 10 minutes after ordering despite reading my table number upside down. I was pleasantly surprised at how quick the service was.
The meal was standard for Spoons – I opted for a buttermilk chicken burger and chips.
It wasn’t exactly fine dining, but it was cheap, enjoyable and did the job, the usual criteria for a Spoons meal.
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I definitely wouldn’t find myself perched here for hours or for casual drinks.
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