The second ‘spoons on Broad St, heading out of town, the closer one being the Soloman Cutler. We were seeing a show at Symphony Hall again, and our budget hotel was almost nest door. It’s a ‘spoons, so no surprises, but decent food and beer at an amazing price for Broad St (as was the hotel, to be fair). No Brexit bullshittery, for a change.
Hard to believe I’ve not blogged it before, but my last visit pre-dates PubBlog, as the other Birmingham ‘spoons are closer. It’s not far- it’s just you generally have to walk past one of the others first.
Another converted bank. Is every pub in Dundee an ex-bank?
Anyway, another ‘spoons, so you know the drill. Cheap, reasonable food, decent beer. Great location in the centre of town, near the McManus gallery.
A ‘spoons. Quite a nice spoons, steep stairs to get in, but wonder of wonder, toilets on the same floor. Other than that, no surprises.
‘spoons. Move along, no surprises here. Decent enough beer and staff, attached hotel. Unusually, toilets on the same floor as the bar.
A ‘spoons. Not a bad ‘spoons, by any means, modern, always busy, but not bad, with a great location on the seafront by the ferry terminal.
Fairly typical ‘spoons, but quite compact, in a grade-2-listed former cinema and theatre right next to Colwyn Bay station.
Another building that JDW have restored well, removing the ugly cladding outside.
To drink in, it’s just another ‘spoons, but special mention goes to the staff who rescued the camera I left behind, so I could go back and retrieve it.
A ‘spoons. A spoons in a very grand building, and on a grand scale, but still a ‘spoons, so you know what you’ll get: the standard food menu (albeit with some nice-looking Welsh additions), cheap, decentish wine and beer.
As it happened, the beer was great, the food as per usual, and the staff pleasant. You could do worse.
A ‘spoons. But a nice spoons. In what was a Conservative club, so it has to be an improvement. The interior is impressive, with wood paneling and a grand staircase. Very friendly staff, and quite a civilised atmosphere for a ‘spoons; trackie bottoms not required.
Morecambe’s spoons. I don’t think we caught it at a good time, mid afternoon on a sunny bank holiday, but this was the grimmest pub of our holiday. It got off to a bad start with only dark ales on offer- in summer, compounded it by the usual spoons trick of making the toilets a considerable hike, added to it again by not allowing us to take our drinks outside (so why provide fucking tables?), and finished it off with the typical food detritus, sticky table, and noisy children combo that can affect a Wetherspoons all too often. We left, quickly, for the seafront pubs and a pint in relative peace.
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A sad visit on our way back home; The Imperial closed later this evening, with J D Wetherspoon citing it as a commercial decision.
The Imperial has been there since 1997 or so, and I remember a bet with my other half that it would be there more than x years, (where x was either five or 10, we cannot recall). It lasted nearly 20 in the end, and despite it being just a ‘spoons, I will be sorry to see it go. handy for the bus station (especially as the toilets there are closed at night 🙂 ), and a little quieter than the nearby St Matthew’s Hall, it always seemed to be doing an OK trade to me. I just hope some new use can be found for the building.