Set up in 1979 by Tim Martin, J D Wetherspoon is an award-winning company operating an extremely successful chain of pubs across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
The first pub to open under the J D Wetherspoon name was located on Colney Hatch Lane in North London and although this venue is no longer part of the Wetherspoon collection, it provided a great starting point for the brand.
Over the years the brand has continued to expand, and by 1983 J D Wetherspoon had seven pubs in its collection, including The Rochester Castle. The Rochester Castle is still part of the Wetherspoons collection and is now the brand’s oldest pub.
As time progressed J D Wetherspoon continued its expansion plans with its 200th pub opening in 1997, its 400th pub opening in 2000 and its 800th pub opening in 2011. At present the chain now boasts 931 pubs in its portfolio.
In addition to its success with Wetherspoons, the company also oversees the popular Lloyds No.1 bars – a group of pubs which offer the same great hospitality as Wetherspoons.
Outside of the pub trade J D Wetherspoon also owns and operates Wetherspoon hotels – a collection of hotels offering quality accommodation at affordable prices. Hotels in the chain include The Angel Hotel, The Catherine Wheel, The Shrewsbury Hotel and The Three Tuns.
Keen to build upon its success in the hospitality sector, J D Wetherspoons recently announced plans to expand its group of Wetherspoon public houses by a further 200. The plan will see the new pubs open over the course of the next five years and will create up to 15,000 new jobs.
The new Wetherspoon pubs will be spread out across the country, with many opening in areas not currently represented by the brand. New sites include The Sir John Hawkshaw in London, The Ivy House in Alton, The Angel Vaults in Hitchin, The Velvet Coaster in Blackpool and The Hedgeford Lodge in Hednesford.
One of the big selling points of Wetherspoons is its ability to provide great food and drink at prices that won’t break the bank. From opening time until noon the pub serves up a tempting array of breakfast dishes, from eggs royale and American-style pancakes, to Eggs Benedict and the vegetarian breakfast.
Once breakfast is over, Wetherspoons’ main menu is filled to the brim with an extensive range of pub classics, including freshly battered fish and chips, chicken tikka masala, 10oz gammon and free-range eggs and 8oz rump steak. The menu also includes a range of starters and sharing plates, from nachos with BBQ pulled pork to spicy coated king prawns.
In addition to the regular menu, Wetherspoons also serves up regular ‘club’ nights, which take place between Tuesday and Fridays. Tuesdays is Steak Club, Wednesday is Chicken Club, Thursday is the ever-popular Curry Club and to round out the week is Fish Friday.
Accompanying the food at each Wetherspoons is a range of drinks from spirits and cocktails to wines, champagnes, ciders and lagers. The pub chain also has a collection of real ales on offer, as well as world and craft beers. An assortment of soft drinks and hot drinks is also available.
For further information about J D Wetherspoon, or to find your local pub or hotel, please visit: www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk.