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post Jul 19 2011, 04:37 PM
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Has anybody been to the new Weatherspoons Hatchet Inn contemplating going though have been told that the prices are more expensive which I cant understand why that going to push people to continue going to Diamond tap in which case I would go to if this is the case???
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post Jul 19 2011, 04:58 PM
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<and breathe......> Do you want to stick some punctuation in there so we know what you're trying to say or ask?
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post Jul 19 2011, 05:03 PM
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for goddness sake!

Are the prices more expensive than Diamond Tap??

Want to know from anybody who has been there yet.
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post Jul 19 2011, 05:17 PM
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Went there by one of their 'special invitations' on Sunday. Decor very good. Alas my food and drink was free, so can't help you that way, except to say that I was told prices would match the Diamond Tap since that is also owned by Wetherspoons.
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post Jul 20 2011, 04:39 PM
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QUOTE (Huni-Buni21 @ Jul 19 2011, 06:03 PM) *
for goddness sake!

What's He got to do with it? wink.gif
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post Jul 20 2011, 06:46 PM
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Well a good place is always welcome. Weatherpoons seem to do a good job.
I have had a cracking evening in an old Methodist, (not sure about the religion)
in Exeter.
An old Cinema in Islington is a well set out venue.
I think they do a good job with old buildings.
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post Jul 20 2011, 06:54 PM
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Pretty good I thought. Prices are more than reasonable. Weatherspoons also do quite well in newer buildings - Solihull for example.


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post Jul 20 2011, 07:40 PM
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First post so just like to say hello, and yes I think wetherspoons do a good job for the
customer in most cases. The food is quite reasonable for the price (cheap in fact) and
children are always welcome, so its somewhere I can take the grand-kids. I do not
know how many there are in the country but seem to be one wherever I go, pubs that is
not grand-kids. If I have one criticism of them it is that on first opening they have ample staff to serve but very soon cut the staff to a minimum.
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post Jul 20 2011, 09:10 PM
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QUOTE (NORTHENDER @ Jul 20 2011, 08:40 PM) *
If I have one criticism of them it is that on first opening they have ample staff to serve but very soon cut the staff to a minimum.

Yes, I noticed that as well. I guess there's an economic maximum, as it were.
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post Jul 20 2011, 10:00 PM
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I did mention that Weatherspoons do try to create a convivial environment.
Photos are everywhere ,someone has mentioned an old theatre in Newbury.
A really rubbish hotel in Norfolk has been transformed.
And an artist was commissioned for "The Romany Rye"I thought it would be rubbish, can't fault it.
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post Jul 22 2011, 01:56 PM
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Made it in there yesterday.

Not bad, like the way they've opened up the back of the pub, makes it feel so much bigger.

If I had one criticism it would be the decor and furnishings. It makes it feel like a cross between the Diamond Tap and the Queens.

Welcome to Generic pub-land (yawn).


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post Jul 22 2011, 05:29 PM
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QUOTE (Huni-Buni21 @ Jul 19 2011, 06:03 PM) *
for goddness sake!

Are the prices more expensive than Diamond Tap??

Want to know from anybody who has been there yet.

I went in The Hatchet today, having been told that it was dearer. The guest ales are £2.55 there as opposed to £2.25 in The Diamond Tap. Apparently this is because The Hatchet is being looked on by Wetherspoons as a hotel.

This is strange, as I was told that The Diamond Tap was a Lloyds No.1 bar (which is more upmarket that the normal 'Spoons pub) while The Hatchet was to be an ordinary Wetherspoons.

Obviously not, judging by the decor. Wetherspoons spent over £900,000 refurbishing The Diamond Tap, and The Hatchet looks as though it cost at least as much. I think the decor in both pubs is superb and will certainly appeal to the intelligent pubgoer. I enjoyed wandering around The Hatchet looking at all the interesting posters and pictures.

The beer was good, too!

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post Jul 22 2011, 05:51 PM
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Do people go down the pub for the decor?
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post Jul 22 2011, 05:59 PM
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QUOTE (user23 @ Jul 22 2011, 06:51 PM) *
Do people go down the pub for the decor?


More avoid because of the decor - ripped seats, carpet that you stick to, broken toilets.
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post Jul 22 2011, 07:04 PM
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QUOTE (user23 @ Jul 22 2011, 06:51 PM) *
Do people go down the pub for the decor?

For those whose sole purpose in going is to get drunk, then I suppose not. For those who want an evening out in pleasant surroundings, then probably yes.
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post Jul 22 2011, 07:09 PM
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QUOTE (JeffG @ Jul 22 2011, 08:04 PM) *
For those whose sole purpose in going is to get drunk, then I suppose not. For those who want an evening out in pleasant surroundings, then probably yes.
Personally I go to a pub for the choice of beer, whatever entertainment might be on there and of course the company.

If you for the carpets and wallpaper, fair enough.
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post Jul 22 2011, 11:01 PM
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QUOTE (user23 @ Jul 22 2011, 08:09 PM) *
Personally I go to a pub for the choice of beer, whatever entertainment might be on there and of course the company.

If you for the carpets and wallpaper, fair enough.

What is , in your opinion, the best pub in town?
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post Jul 23 2011, 09:30 AM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jul 23 2011, 12:01 AM) *
What is , in your opinion, the best pub in town?

That is a thread on it's own, and will bring many valid answers from the range of preferences people have.
Me, I prefer out-of-town.....
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post Jul 23 2011, 12:10 PM
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QUOTE (NWNREADER @ Jul 23 2011, 10:30 AM) *
That is a thread on it's own, and will bring many valid answers from the range of preferences people have.
Me, I prefer out-of-town.....


Which like petrol, is usually cheaper out of Newbury! rolleyes.gif


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post Jul 29 2011, 02:15 PM
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Went in Sunday and thought it looked so much better...Lots of places so sit. We sat outside which again so much space. They don't have any music so can't see myself in there at night - just no atmosphere.
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