Which was the first Wetherspoons pub?

Forty years ago, on 9 December 1979, the first Wetherspoon pub opened in north London, in Colney Hatch Lane, Muswell Hill. Formerly, it had been a bookies. For the first month of trading, it was called Martin’s Free House – after its owner, Wetherspoon’s founder and chairman Tim Martin.

Where is the largest Wetherspoons in the UK?

UK’s biggest Wetherspoons, The Royal Victoria Pavilion in…

  • The Royal Victoria Pavilion, Ramsgate is the biggest Wetherspoons in the UK (Image: KentLive)1 of 6.
  • Inside, the Royal Victoria can hold up to 1,400 people2 of 6.
  • Outside the pub boasts a sun deck overlooking to coast3 of 6.

What was the mossy well before?

The ‘mossy well’ became a place of pilgrimage after a Scottish king was said to have been cured here drinking the water. By the early 1800s, Belle Vue Lodge stood on the site of these premises. In 1900, it was replaced by the Express Dairy tea room, with a milk depot at the rear.

How many Wetherspoons are there in London?

In London, and Zone 1 especially, where drinks can be monstrously expensive, a Spoons is something of a godsend. There are 20 Wetherspoon pubs in Zone 1, each with their own quirks and all varying vastly in quality.

Where did Wetherspoons get its name?

The name of the business originates from JD, a character in The Dukes of Hazzard, and Wetherspoon, the surname of one of Martin’s teachers in New Zealand, who had told him that he would not amount to anything.

Which is Wetherspoons biggest pub?

The Royal Victoria Pavilion in Ramsgate is actually the biggest Wetherspoons in the world. It is housed in a stunning building that dates back to the Victorian and Edwardian periods and is now Grade II listed. And it is now the perfect place for a pint with a view of the sea.

When did the mossy well open?

2015
Opened in October of 2015, The Mossy Well is named after the nearby ‘well of the mossy spring’ situated in Highgate Woods. The Mossy Well is a natural spring that became a place of Pilgrimage after allegedly curing King Malcolm IV of an undisclosed illness.

What is the oldest Wetherspoon pub in London?

Open since 1983, The Rochester Castle is the oldest surviving Wetherspoon pub in London. Although the carpet’s been changed a couple of times since then (we hope), it’s got that ‘classic’ Wetherspoon vibe (fruit machines, mixed clientele, a homely-fusty kind of feel).

Is this the London Wetherspoon that looks least like a Wetherspoon?

A newer addition to Wetherspoon’s London dynasty, The Mossy Well dispels the stereotype of manky carpets and sticky-icky tables. With its exposed-brick walls and great shafts of natural light, you might even say this is the London Wetherspoon that looks least like a Wetherspoon.

How did Holywell become a market town?

Holywell became a market town in 1292, when King Edward I granted a charter to the Cistercian monks of Basingwerk Abbey for a weekly market and an annual three-day fair. The markets and fairs were held at the wider, lower end of High Street.

How good is wetherpoon’s Sun King’s ballroom?

Like the Knights Templar, the atmosphere is juxtaposed with aesthetics that wouldn’t look out of place in the court of the Sun King (it was a ballroom after all). And it scores top marks for preservation: Wetherpoon tell us this place remained empty for 40 years, and that many of the fittings, now reinstated, had just been left here in bags. 5.