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The William Henry, Weymouth

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It’s a double carpet this one! And I don’t mean a 33/1 shot, neither. No, it’s a genuine two carpet Wetherspoon’s. There don’t seem to be many about. The Plough & Harrow was the last one I was in and if you’ve got one near you, please let me know. And if you know why some Wetherspoon’s have two different patterns of carpets in the same pub, then I would be very interested to learn more.

 

There’s a decent history to the place; it belonged to Prince William Henry, hence the name, brother of George III who set up summer camp in Weymouth, hence the impressive statue of him, just 50yds away from the pub. Latterly the premises were the long standing Fortes Milk Bar, coincidentally owned and run by the father of Baron Charles Forte of Forte Holdings and later THF fame.

You enter the pub on the sea front side, you can just see it from the door, into a light airy lower level. Keep going to the bar and turn left up some stairs and you enter a more sombre reddy brown room with an even bigger bar. Keep going past the bar and up a couple of stairs is another area which feels more like a cafeteria with it’s gallery windows overlooking the street behind. Overall, carpets and decor seemed to be mimicking the grandeur of the resorts Georgian beginnings.

 

Don’t worry about being confronted with all the boring cask beers on the bottom bar, when you go in, the interesting ones are all upstairs. Jaipur was on for a couple of days whilst I was down there recently, which was a nice interlude to the BBB being served in most other places. I gave my first pint NBSS 3-, the second one was soooo much better, NBSS 3.5. Just shows the difference the bit in the swan neck can make if it’s been stood. Mrs C tried the usually excellent Kelham Island Pale Rider, but said it was poor, so maybe things are a bit hit and miss here.

I’ve only ever been in three or four times, but again, this is a very popular pub, mind you if you aren’t busy in late August/early September in a sea side town I think you’ve missed the boat. Most of the punters were visitors looking for cheap eats, uttering their war cry of, ‘Quick, there’s one over there.’

 

The best one had to be the couple eating Chicken Melt and Avocado salad. I’d seen these two professional drinkers in a few boozers and they’d always had a few already, whenever you saw them. After a couple of minutes pushing his meal around the plate he looked up and said to his partner. ‘I didn’t think you’d get this much salad with this salad?’

There seems to be much speculation by other commentators  regarding mobility scoters and Wetherspoon’s. I’ve fallen into the trap myself, but isn’t it a good thing that everyone can gain full access to most Wetherspoon’s, even upstairs, and enjoy themselves

Special feature? The faux late Georgian chandeliers; nice though. Oh and bottomless Coke and stuff from the machine. I’ve not seen that before, the bar man told me they were trialling it. No condiment racks neither, just files of ketchup, sauces and mayo, it’s got to be the right way to go.

 

Verdict; WSS 3, alright if you are a tourist looking for cheap eats. If you want the best ‘spoons experience in Weymouth try the ‘over 18’s only’ Swan at the other end of St Thomas Street near the bridge.

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  1. I understand. There’s not much of September left and you’ve still got a few of those 50p vouchers to use up !

    Mention of Trust House Forte reminds me that the older half of it has quite an interesting history.
    Trust Houses, the older of the two companies, was formed in 1904 by the fourth Earl Grey in response to two related problems of the English countryside. Because the farming industry had suffered a long recession and because the advent of the railroads had meant the end of England’s extensive coach lines, country inns across rural England were falling to ruin rapidly by the end of the 19th century. Not only were the inns decaying physically, but their owners had tried to recoup lost revenue by encouraging more alcohol consumption, a pastime whose appeal is strong in a time of depression. In an attempt to curb the growth of public drunkenness as well as to save the many splendid country inns from further decline, Earl Grey asked each county in England to form a Public Home Trust Company to pool local funds to buy and rehabilitate the inns and install new managers with strong economic incentives to sell more food and lodging and less alcohol. Most of the original equity was put up by eminent families in each county, and under a special legal agreement this 1% nucleus remained in charge of corporate administration, able to outvote the other 99% of the shareholders. Profits were to be kept low or even donated to charities. The first “Trust House” was acquired in Hertfordshire in 1904. It was an immediate success, hailed as nothing less than the rebirth of the traditional English country inn.

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