The Wetherspoon's guide to fine dining in exquisite surroundings
THESE are desperate times, and so Wetherspoons, restaturant to the top echelon of society, has opened its doors to the hoi polloi. Make the most of it:
Book well in advance
Like the Fat Duck, Wetherspoons is a night out to plan months in advance. The quality of the food and menacing atmosphere have gained a following among celebrities, so don’t be surprised to see Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Craig and Phoebe Waller-Bridge alongside you. Try not to stare.
Try the signature dishes
Much as Heston Blumenthal invented triple-cooked chips and snail porridge, Wetherspoons’ innovative dishes have caused a buzz in the world of haute cuisine. Make sure to try:
– Ham and eggs. Never afraid to take risks, Wetherspoons’ chefs have paired ham with fried eggs and chips for a meal unlike anything you’ve experienced before.
– The extra-large breakfast. A traditional classic reimagined with the bold new addition of Lurpak Spreadable.
– BBQ chicken melt. The clever use of barbecue sauce turns bland pub grub into a taste adventure you’ll be talking about for years to come.
Study the wine list
A large chardonnay for the ladies, but men don’t drink wine unless they’re ponces, poofs or Remainers, so stick with Stella or near-expiry real ales. Fish dishes, white meat and salads are perfectly accompanied by a heavy, claggy brew like Old Peculiar.
Play ‘spot the restaurant critic’
Critics like Fay Maschler and Jay Rayner are always in the Spoons. Rayner describes the jacket potato with baked beans as ‘an unashamed balls-to-the-wall celebration of hearty potato, confidently contrasted with a cascade of bean juice. The Planets Suite of high-end carb dining.’
For Christ’s sake don’t criticise Brexit
The foodie clientele are strong supporters of leaving the EU, so criticise Brexit and you can expect a solid, witty kicking in the smoking area, completely ruining the sublime experience of your microwaved chicken masala.