Had food in a Wetherspoons in Crewe last week,, (burgers) and they were utterly dire. Sams' bait is better by far. So, I never see anyone knocking 'spoons grub, interestingly. I miss the steak and stout pud, mixed grill OK for budget meat, full of water and what else, but boil in the bag pies? OYVEH! Never heard the like. HS being trad in outlook, he should decree a pie is always BAKED, not boiled or just as bad, microwaved. I would wait for a baked pie, more time for another glass. Mmmmm, SSOBB. I'll drink up before the dear thing implodes, or goes the way of other well loved regionals / independents. Get it while you can.
Ahem. Rant over. Now, I like to go out to pubs, mainly to drink, but food is a necessary evil, so lets make it enjoyable, eh? So why can't an experiment be done at some of the SS pubs, and put things back to managers ingenuity re. food, and give them their autonomy back to compete and hopefully trounce the opposition? And compare results. There is no need fo SS to lose out if some thought is given to how it is to be done. I for one, would love to see this happen. They have the pubs of character, the beers, especially the beers, so top it off in fine style with the grub! Why should SS lose out, if it bucks up the viability of their trade, it means I can look forward to years of enjoyable SS drinking. Too many have perished and are missed by me, let steps be taken now to stop a repeat here. (Wilsons, Higsons, Boddingtons, Oldham, Matthew Brown, and those who went down the 'increased production / market share / famous name 'usual suspect' route- Holts, Tim Taylors, Lees, ,,,,,).
Oh, and jolly well bring back Strong Golden at a fair price, and let's have another cask ale too please. A Mild? Gosh! How retro!