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

3 comments on “Wetherspoons”

  1. Lissa's comment - added on 3rd of February, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I have to say I wholeheartedly detest Wetherspoons, I don’t know whether the ones I have been in are just particulalry bad. Just seem really dirty all the time, measly portions, less than quality bleuch…. Only to be out done by Yates on the bleuch scale now there’s an experience I will never repeat!

  2. Lissa's comment - added on 30th of August, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I had to come back and state my changed opinion! I have since had the beer (pepsi) and a burger with onion rings and it was delicious! Plus the night we were in in was the famous curry night and looking at what everyone else was ordering they looked and smelled great. Perhaps it was just the one I was in at the time!

  3. Jimmy's comment - added on 8th of February, 2013 at 10:45 am

    What the flip is that fella on about. I go to wetherspoons and regularly consumer the large mixed grill which is very tasty. Im the sort of person who likes the pub’s atmosphere, very much working class. Alright your not eating caviar but the burger and chips taste very decent for the price. Well that’s me sorted