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Why are people so damn snobbish about Wetherspoon's pubs?

Its true they do vary (mostly due to the customers!) but a good one and this is good, serves a wide choice of cheap and good beers as well as cheap meals - the crowds say it all!
satisfied - 11 Nov 2013 17:36
Quiet tonight. 7 empty tables. Had Titanic beer and chicken melt for 7.75. Enjoyed meal. Food served in 7 minutes. Staff friendly and helpful. Excellent toilets upstairs with pictures of Broadway in corridor.
Robin_from_Swanage - 17 Apr 2012 22:53
Quieter than usual so I was able to get a seat. Service was good. I had a pint of Shropshire Gold and a steak for 7.95. Steak was undercooked so I left half of it but I asked for a medium cooked one. Next time I will ask for a well cooked steak. Chips looked like there was too much fat but they tasted good. Screaming brats on next table but low prices attract that sort of family. I have made my own cardboard reserved sign so no one takes my place while I am ordering my food and drink which can take a long time in a Wetherspoon pub.
Robin_from_Swanage - 21 Feb 2012 23:01
What a transformation since my first visit, a year ago! Then, desolate, couple of customers, disinterested staff, only Ringwood Best; now, full, people having a good time, good age range, good ale choice. All power to Wetherspoons, whatever you might think of their corporate presence, this is 100x better than it used to be.
saffrons - 7 Jan 2012 17:39
Very friendly staff. Pleasant clean surroundings. Reasonably priced food and beer. They only refund car park tickets from THEIR car park, not the adjacent shoppers car park though.
Matthew_Y - 28 Oct 2011 09:36
I always want to dislike Wetherspoon pubs. I dislike the big corporate thing. However, they do what they do so very well. Spent a weekend in Broadstone a couple of weeks ago. Saturday night in the Blackwater Stream was busy but we managed to get a table. The staff were pleasant. The food was very good and excellent value for money and the beer was spot on. Can't find anything to complain about unfortunately.
JCsbrogues - 2 Sep 2011 20:13
Now a Wetherspoon pub called The Blackwater Stream. Very busy on Tuesday evenings. I have found it difficult to find a table. Staff cope very well. Steak served within 10 minutes. Good choice of beer. Excellent value for money.
Robin_from_Swanage - 16 Aug 2011 13:45
They need more staff at busy times. I have walked out twice now waiting for the overworked staff to take food orders, deliver food, etc etc.

Place is very busy, so should be able to afford a couple of more staff.

Went in for breakfast today. Excellent quality and value. Nomnomnomnom
anonymous - 9 May 2011 22:50
Came here on a Saturday afternoon during the beer festival and would totally echo the comments about children, beers were very good as was the service.

Tried it again the following Wednesday, much more peaceful
ellisref - 24 Apr 2011 11:33
Spoons is now open, and the place is rammed a lot of the time. Despite the reputation for mass buying the dregs from squeezed suppliers, your correspondent had a fine pint of London Pride, a quid cheaper that the nearby Goods Yard.

Good mixture of punters, from the Waterloo Estate cackers, to minted Broadstone types, like me.

There is a fair smattering of blarting, badly behaved brats, but what do you expect when you can feed the snotty tikes for 4 quid, including 'pop' and an ice-cream.

Food is basic, but good value. Be interesting to see what happens when the novelty factor wears off.

anonymous - 29 Mar 2011 16:45
So, that is it. At the end, the regulard asset stripped the place. Roll on Wetherspoons and the 3 quid full English.

Mollies, The chip shop, and Carousel are going to feel the pinch...
anonymous - 8 Nov 2010 16:19
Wetherspoons have it! Incumbents being booted out on Nov 7th. No doubt a rapid refurb to ensure getting Christmas crowd in.

Rumour is the car park will be sold for flats.

Interesting times.
anonymous - 11 Oct 2010 12:41
Wetherspoons are in advanced talks with Hall and Woodhouse to take over the tennancy.

Current incumbents are likely to lose the tennancy.
This place needs money spending on it, the 'restaurant' is OK, but the bar is filthy.

They also need to keep an eye on the restaurant. The other day, a kid's high chair was caked (sic) in food, and not cleaned.

Wetherspoons will bring new management into this boozer and, hopefully, a bloody good clean up.

anonymous - 4 Oct 2010 17:22
This boozer is getting a lot better and livelier. The World Cup has helped, but the lowering of prices, and the loyalty card has done the trick.

The public bar is getting a healthy set of regulars, including those recently banned from the Darby's Corner for gobbing off at the landlord (no names, no packdrill, but you know who you are Dangerous Darren).

The lounge has some of the old boys from the DC. Beer is good, and although I have not eaten, the food looks OK.

Getting to be a nice boozer.
anonymous - 29 Jun 2010 12:49
Went in here on off chance when visiting friends in area, not much to look at from outside but friendly and welcoming once you're inside. Bar staff very helpful and food was very good at a good price. My hubby was pleased with the beer (real ale freak) though limited choice, good selection of wines for us girls too. surprised that there weren't more people in there. Its worth checking out if you're in Broadstone.
bubbles33 - 26 Oct 2009 18:00

It's decked out like a community centre. And TMYNS, Broadstone uber-posh? Looks more like a 70's estate to me. That's how I remembered it when I grew up there.

Get yourself up to London mate - might broaden your horizons a bit.
wre008 - 27 Jun 2009 09:28
This is an unusual place. Situated in uber posh Broadstone (the poshest place in Poole apart from Canford Cliffs), this is a 'challanging' place. The park bench dedicated to two local druggies sets the tone.

Given the catchment area, it could be so good. It is spacious inside, with a large bar, dining, and outside area.

The real issue is the beer. The real ale is pretty dire and for a H&W pub I would expect Tanglefoot as a minimum.

Given the regulars, i think the landlord is making a real effort to clean up the place, but the zero-tollerance drug posters do send out a muddled message.

There is a good template for this place. The Broadstone Hotel was once frequented by manics, but a name change, and good food have resulted in the Goods Yard, a good cross between Gastro and a regulars place.

The Stepping Stones needs some serious investment to cast off it's past, and to sow the seeds for the future. It is a prime site in Broadstone, which, for the size of the place, is seriously short on boozers.
anonymous - 19 Jun 2009 16:20
Went in for a lunchtime pint. It's a locals pub. Very surprised to see that since the last time I was in they now have a few sofas/chairs in the main bar area, presumably in an attempt to go up market? Didn't really work for me. The whole place was full of smoke and no way I'd take the family. Had that annoying thing where all of the locals sit/stand at the bar so you have to edge your way in to get a drink and hope not to upset anyone.
Bob_the_Bodger - 23 Feb 2007 20:10
rickrossi - 18 May 2006 21:10
New landlord who seems to have great plans for the place. Friendly management, great live music and busy at weekends! We'll definitely be back.
anonymous777 - 8 Jun 2005 11:50
A pleasant enough place but lacks a real pub atmosphere.Helen you make it sound like a treat to sit down, do you usually eat stood up when you go out to dinner.
anonymous - 6 Apr 2005 23:26
Used to drink here years ago. It had a very young cround them - seems to be a pub for the retired community now. Broadstone Hotel MUCH better.
anonymous - 24 Mar 2005 12:25

It has a great welcome from the workers there. It has a snooker table. Dart board. Bar to get your drinks from and tables and chairs to sit and eat your meals
Helen - 4 Mar 2004 20:35

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