Cost £5.38 (£4.69 for burger, chips and drink, 69p extra for cheese)
Constituents Crown (with no sesame seeds), mature cheddar slice, burger, tomato, red onion, romaine lettuce, heel.
With well over 70 choices on the Wetherspoons’ menu and each one available until 10pm, you can’t expect silver service. The pubs themselves are odd affairs, each one vaguely familiar, but strangely individual – like a British version of franchising! Balancing themselves between championing real ale and shifting as much mass-produced booze as they can. They now have a menu to compete with any chain restaurant.
The emphasis is on value over quality, so your expectations are adjusted accordingly. Whilst the burger is obviously a hasty creation, the product of a well oiled kitchen, it’s obvious that they are adept at churning out food that reaches their customer’s expectations.
At first sight it looks slap dash, but the make up and taste of the burger transcends the presentation. It tastes like a Wetherspoons pub – slightly cheap, but with good intentions. Although the value cannot match the fast food chains, it far exceeds its direct competition, coming with chips, a tomato relish and a drink (wasn’t clear if you could have it without?). You come away feeling slightly surprised, enjoying it more than you thought you would and feeling peculiarly British!
BMC rating 7