Posts Tagged ‘Wetherspoon’

Burger and off Old Speckled Hen at Tilly Shilling

October 3, 2019

I was going to the Tilly Shilling but as I passed by Pick a Bap Korean restaurant in the shabby shopping centre I decided to drop in instead.

A big mistake. Sweat and sour chicken, I barely touched it.

Each visit to Pick a Bap has been worse.

Friday night, I left half eaten, Monday barely touched.

Food not in the same league as Indonesian street food restaurant in Aldershot or Bamboo Shoots in Guildford.

It was then on to Tilly Shilling, a Wetherspoon pub.

Poor choice of beer. I picked Old Speckled Hen. It was off, tasted vile, smelt vile, best described as vinegar.

Waiter took one whiff and agreed and changed for a half of Brew Dog Punk IPA. I should have requested a pint.

Burger not good.

Wetherspoon has gone rapidly down hill. Poor choice of beer, food never good, corners cut to maintain profitability.

At night this pub is the go to for the local drunks boozing on cheap booze. Dreadful inside, and on the street causing a nuisance with their drunken noise, screaming and shouting into the early hours of the morning.

Police and local council need to act to either get Wetherspoon to clean up their act or shut the pub down. At the very least make tables outside no smoking and close at midnight.

Sirloin steak The Queen Hotel

June 12, 2018

Visits to The Queen Hotel are more and more infrequent, each rare occasion is worse than before.

The good staff from when it opened have long gone.  The food is terrible.

I was surprised to find The Little Beer Corporation on tap. Maybe they had surplus beer Wetherspoon picked up on the cheap.

My meal was not good, service terrible, the usual drunks blocking the bar.

Once again I remind myself why I avoid pubs, frequent instead coffee shops and restaurants.

Wetherspoon News (summer 2018) had two bullshit articles.  One from Tim Martin praising LavAzza as quality coffee, the other from head of Camra talking complete bullshit on why pubs are closing (no mention of pubcos).

There are only two places to eat in Aldershot, Caffe Macchiato and Indonesia street food restaurant.

There is nowhere in Aldershot for coffee.

Late lunch at The Queen Hotel

June 13, 2016
rump streak

rump streak

Rump steak at The Queen Hotel, a J D Wetherspoon pub.

The rump steal was excellent, mash instead of chips.

8 oz rump steak for £3-99, add in half a pint of Ruddles bitter £5-02.

Lunch at Tilly Shilling

July 13, 2013
cod and chips

cod and chips

I was going to have a steak (as you get a free beer), but I saw it was fish day, a battered cod came with a free drink.

I chose the most expensive beer, a blond beer, and why not if it is free, beer battered cod, chips and garden peas.

When it came, a reasonable sized piece of cod, chips that could have been fresher, and peas.

To the credit of Wetherspoon, this is the first time I have had a decent piece of cod in Farnborough. The cod was excellent, it also had lovely crispy, tasty batter.

There is a fish n chip shop in the town centre. The fish is never fresh and often going off, the portion size miniscule, the chips they must count onto the plate as so few of them. I am surprised they are still in businesses.

The beer was also good.

I can see I will be back.

Dinner at Wetherspoon

June 20, 2013
The Tilly Shilling  rump steak

The Tilly Shilling rump steak

The Wetherspoon in Farnborough, The Tilly Shilling, is fairly new pub, dating from 2011. This was my first, and possibly last visit. I ended up there last night, needing a drink after the appalling planning meeting at Rushmoor, and feeling hungry, decided to have something to eat.

I chose rump steak. To my surprise, it came with a free drink. had I known, I would not have ordered a drink. I asked could I have my free drink later, and they said yes.

A long wait before food came, easily half an hour. I could not see why, as although the pub was busy, I did not see people eating.

The steak came with peas, chips, a single mushroom and half a tomato.

I asked was there any salt. I was told to go off and get it, which I thought was very poor service.

The steak was a little dry, the chips a little tired, but apart from that, ok.

What was interesting was the price. £9-50 for the meal, but I was entitled to a free drink, value, or should I say price, £2-49, but only the guest ales.

The offer only applied to the guest beers. How is this possible? Wetherspoon ring round the small breweries, any real ale close to its sell-by date. Wetherspoon buy it on the cheap, the alternative for the small brewery is to pour it down the drain. WEtherspoon literally have them over a barrel. A small, independent pub is not able to do this, they do not have the throughput to get rid of a barrel.

When I arrived, a little before 9pm, there were a few table and chairs outside, though not a pleasant place to sit during the day, on a busy road. After 9pm, the pulled them in. It was very hot, I asked why they did not have their windows open. They said not allowed by order of the local council.

Inside, larger than i expected. The atmosphere was that of a continental cafe, with tables and chairs, than a traditional pub. I was surprised to find it quite busy.

The name The Tilly Shilling is from Beatrice (Tilly) Shilling (1909-1990), an aeronautical engineer who was responsible for correcting a serious defect in the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine during the Second World War. She also was a well-known racing motorcyclist.

Tilly Shilling was married to George Naylor, a bomber pilot with 625 Squadron, where he was Wing Commander at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

Breakfast at Wetherspoon Gatwick

May 9, 2013

A decade or so ago, food at Wetherspoon was very good. Sadly no more.

The one exception, breakfast at Wetherspoon at Gatwick South Terminal, landside.