Friday, 30 November 2012

I DO ADMIRE 'MR WETHERSPOON' TIM MARTIN.

THE BOY HAS DONE GOOD!
Now I know JD Wetherspoon has both detractors and its supporters. It kind of has a ' marmite taste' about it. You either like or loathe it, I suppose! 

However, one thing that has prompted me to post this blog, is an interview I witnessed a few days ago on Sky News. It was with the 'big fella',  Tim Martin, founder of JD Wetherspoon plc.

He was there giving his opinion on the recent minimum pricing That was being introduced by the government. What a lot of sense he talks. Defending and talking up the UK beer and pub industry.Stating how the big supermarkets had such an unfair advantage over our boozers. Highlighting their unfair pricing policy and only having to 'fork out' a small percentage in tax. Far less than what is required by UK pubs.

 He hoped the increase at the supermarkets would get more people back in our pubs. And thanked a renowned liver surgeon, also being interviewed, for stating that pubs offer a comforting and safe, secure environment, than opposed to a trek to the supermarket, to stock up on strong cider and cheap vodka. Which would only result in future, long term health issues!  

What I also admire and thank Tim Randall Martin for, is that his company were 'banging the drum' for real ale in the late seventies, when keg beer was trying its damned best to make cask conditioned beer unfashionable. The company is now the largest supporter of microbreweries in the UK. A part of the brewing sector that continues to flourish in a tough economic climate.

Do you remember Wetherspoons in the late nineties, introducing the over-sized glasses, in order to promote the full pint. Unfortunately, it did not last long, as supposedly a combination of punters continuing to ask for top-ups and other pub chains not following 'Spoons' lead! You do have to admire their type of ideology though.


 You have to admit, us real ale drinkers have a lot to thank Tim  Martin for. Just think, we could still be drinking Worthington 'Pee', Double 'Diremond', Bass 'Spew'TEN and Watney's Red(roll out the)Barrel! Thank God those 'barrels' carried on rolling. INTO OBLIVION :-)    
 

4 comments:

  1. While I agree that Spoons have done a great deal to promote real ale, realistically the 1970s "real ale revival" had happened before they came on the scene.

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  2. Yeah it's a fair call pal. Spoons were on the scene 78/79 ish I think. It's just when I started drinking beer in the mid 70's I was surrounded by Trophy,Brew Ten,Worthington 'E' etc,etc. There was only good old Thwaites on hand pump in those days in my town!One pub had a Tetley on cask too. It was all keg or Slalom lager!lol

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  3. I worked in a Spoons pub in the late 80's early 90's and he was known for just popping in unannounced 'just to check up'

    I once unknowingly served his dad and got a personal thank you letter from him. Also, you've got to admire a man who stubbornly refused to raise the price of the 99p Scotch bitter through 2 budget price increases. If I recall, at one point he even dropped the price to 89p. I agree with everything he stands for.

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  4. Oooo, that last paragraph has made me feel sick.

    I think a Prospect Silver Tally or three are needed to make me feel well again.

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