gra-dult-hood n.

1. A stage in life between graduation and adulthood.
2. Gradulthood often involves jobs that don't fulfil a graduate's expectations.
3. A term coined during the recession.

Now thats What I Call Thrift: #10

In the first of our festive themed double header, regular guest writer Dave Procter tackles the Gradult Christmas party.

#10: Wetherspoons

With Christmas rapidly approaching, everyone is up for a bit of socialising with free flowing booze and buffets, but unfortunately, many gradults aren’t yet able to count on a few “slap up Christmas do’s” paid for by the boss. So adaptation is the name of the game, catching up with lots of mates, but keeping it as affordable as possible, which is where the wonders of Wetherspoons comes in.

This mammoth chain of pubs may be a disaster for the traditional community boozer, but you cannot deny they offer amazing value for money. A few weeks ago I was in the City of London and ordered a curry with poppadoms, naan bread and a pint, of course, all for a measly £6. I didn’t even intend on ordering food, it was just a process that’s been perfectly devised by some marketing whizz kid, I didn’t even know I was at the bar paying for it, it just turned up at my table 5 minutes later.

If you don’t want food, most pints, even fancy European lagers are under £3, many even cheaper, and spirits and mixers won’t break the bank either. The food, whilst not being worthy of Masterchef, is…“honest,” I suppose is the phrase – beer and a burger for £5, a fry-up for £3, can’t complain at all.

They do have their ways of making all this so ridiculously cheap. Ever wondered why your pint smells a bit iffy? Well it probably is a bit iffy, just about to go off in fact, Wetherspoons are known to buy the beer at a cut price just before the brewery chuck it out. No piped music or juke box? Well that’s a music licence saved on, and I don’t think the turkey in their Christmas Dinner is of the organic, free to roam around the fields variety. But who’s moaning when you can still get a mates round for under £10 and have many nights out for the price of 1 – perfect for Christmas!

Please note: Dave does not work for Wetherspoons.

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