Having visited several of the Wetherspoon chain’s 1,000 or so pubs around the country over the years, I wholeheartedly support this idea.
Founder Tim Martin’s business model is a great testimony to entrepreneurial flair and to the simple formula of providing good ale, good food and good service, at an affordable price. Indeed, the J D Wetherspoon chain is a proper pub company in the true meaning of those words and has done much to maintain the welcoming image and traditional appeal of the great British pub since it began in 1979. The company has also saved many large derelict buildings from demolition or redevelopment by turning them into pubs, often delightfully quirky ones.
It is in stark contrast to the other so-called pub companies who have done much to cause the demise of this industry in recent years.
Those who see the pub chains as a threat to individually-owned venues, which in many cases they have been, should not confuse Wetherspoons with what are actually property companies. As the gentleman from CAMRA said existing pubs with a good reputation should have nothing to fear from Wetherspoons, (November 13). Those that might already be struggling should perhaps embrace Tim Martin’s ethos and take a leaf out of Wetherspoon’s book, it might improve their own turnover.
Of course it won’t suit everybody’s tastes, few pubs do, but I believe it will be a welcome addition to Diss High Street, not to mention all those jobs that will be on offer.
If the town council can also negotiate some added advantage out of the proposal for the greater benefit of the town then so much the better. Come on Diss, let’s be forward-looking, not NIMBYs.