On Saturday afternoon, my wife, a friend and I visited the Wallaw, the recently opened Wetherspoons in Blyth.
This was my second visit to the Wallaw since it opened , although I had been many times to the former cinema. My first visit was just a "nosey", and a quick pint ... well you have to don't you?
We chose to visit the afternoon of Burns night to sample the Burns themed food and drink.
The decor is absolutely stunning, neither my wife or friend had been before and were stunned by the standard of the work. Enough of the cinema had been retained ..the balcony for instance , not open but gave a feeling of its former days, and distinct eating and drinking areas.
The menu is the usual Wetherspoons fare together with the usual drinks choices.
But, as I said two of us had Burns themed meals, in Haggis Burgers ... beef burgers and chips with haggis , onion rings and sauce , for about £6 including drink, "Auld Acquaintance" for me and wine for our friend, my wife stuck with chilli con carne and a soft drink ( very Scots !! )
The service was efficient, polite and friendly, and the meals arrived quickly enough.
I have read reviews on Trip Advisor, and can only think that the poor service and meals were down to inexperience of the staff in this newly opened venue , but now about a month after the opening the standards exceed those of other local 'spoons
Blyth has been a bit of a real ale desert, only a couple of pubs have any real ale at all, but now that we have a Wethersponns -- the Wallawspoons -- we real ale drinkers have a comfortable place to get a decent pint ...the Auld Acquaintance was delicious by the way, and at £1.99 after the first included one , very reasonably priced
This part of South East Northumberland is now well seved by Wetherspoons, as well as the Blyth one there are "spoons" in Ashington, Bedlington, Cramlington and over the border in Whitley Bay.Love or loathe the chain, they will perhaps make the other local pubs sit up and take notice, the area needs more sources of good real ale !