Before we recently moved offices there was a Wetherspoon's pub nearby which I used to frequent a couple of times a week after work. I liked the idea of a pub that was no frills, good choice of inexpensive beer and no TV, but the original aim of the chain seems to have deteriorated into a place that caters to the How fast can I get drunk cheaply? brigade.
There were two of us and for our last round I went to the bar and ordered a dark rum and coke and a whisky and soda, no ice please, this was a busy night shortly before Christmas and I had had to wait over ten minutes to be served. The first attempt by the barman was a whisky and coke and I pointed out his error politely. He threw the drink away and started to fill a glass with ice, I told him we didn't want it. The third attempt had him reaching for the Bacardi, a white rum, and I pointed out that he'd now made three mistakes for a two drink order. he wasn't happy and spoke to the manager who asked me to explain the problem. I politely pointed out how three times the relatively simple order was wrong. The manager's attitude was typical of many places, if I didn't like it I could leave. so we did, and never returned.
Last week I visited another Wetherspoon's with my dad, we arrived just before 11:45 for lunch. The menu offered breakfast though and that sounded fine so after we had queued for some time we ordered two, or tried to. The lady on duty, the only person serving in a huge place, proudly informed us that it was too late as it was one minute past twelve, and wouldn't budge despite our protestations about when we had actually arrived. She tried to mollify us by saying the lunch special was a lovely steak and ale pie, so I ordered one, only to be told a minute later that it was off. So the lunch special was sold out before lunch had even started...
There was news of Wetherspoon's in the media lately, they are closing 33 pubs across the UK, eight of which are in London - coincidence, I don't think so.