on February 4, 2013
This Weatherspoon's pub is in the older part of derby they are trying to re invent calling it the 'Cathedral Quarter. They killed it off by building the huge Westfield at the other end of the city and so unless there is something specific you need from down this end people tend to stay in the warm dry modern shopping centre that could be anywhere in the world. This is not the kind of place I would chose to go for a meal personally but as a reward for our volunteering, 'Homestart' take us out for a meal twice a year and this is where they took us last time. A SNIPPET OF HISTORY I remember as a youngster that this building was a bank. It is a fine traditional looking bank type building. It was originally Compton & Evans Union Bank and later the one I remember the Nat West. The bank closed its doors here in 1991 and it was bought by Weatherspoon and they named it rather appropriately 'The Standing order' to remind punters of its previous life. OPENING TIMES Mon - Thu: 7am to 11pm Fri - Sat: 7am to 12am Sun: 7am to 11pm INSIDE THE PUB This is a huge wooden floored rather noisy pub. The bar is in the centre towards the front and around it is a huge area of empty floor. The tables and chairs are not fixed and are moved as needed to accommodate large or small groups. Most of the tables and chairs are towards the sides and the back of the restaurant. We sat at a large long table towards the back of the pub and we had ordered our meals before the day which always adds to the challenge as you try and remember what you ordered weeks before! ORDERING DRINKS You can order your drinks at the bar or once you have sat at the table if you are eating. The drinks are pretty standard Weatherspoon drinks and reasonable prices. The deal we had included a drink with our meal but as I didn't pay I am not sure what the deal was. I just had a soft drink but in the deal you could have house wine or beer or cider too. THE FOOD At the moment there is a deal for two meals for £6.95 which seems pretty darn good to me. They are pretty basic and include Chilli con carne, sweet chilli egg noodles, various filled jacket potatoes, Five bean chilli , ham egg and chips and finally steak and kidney pie. All pretty decent basic meals for that price. We went just before Christmas and the meals on offer then were the Christmas turkey meal, salmon, a vegetarian option and as I had the Christmas dinner I can't remember what else was on offer. The meals were generous but I have to say mine was not the tastiest Christmas dinner ever. The vegetables as always were over cooked, the turkey was ok and there was plenty of gravy but the stuffing was a bit solid too. It was okay but not great. To put it another way I made a mental note not to return here if I was paying for the food. AMBIENCE This is a functional pub with food and it is noisy. It is the kind of place where young people meet for a drink then think 'let's grab some food.' I can't imagine anyone choosing to book to eat here for a special night out. It is what my husband and I call 'functional eating'. It serves the purpose but is totally forgettable fare. WHAT ELSE IS HERE? There are huge TV screen around the place for the sport fans which I hate as they grab your attention and distract you from the people you are eating with. There is wifi in the pub too and I guess it is free but as I didn't go on it while I was being treated to a meal I don't know. Children are welcome but I am not sure I would take a young child in here as it can get VERY busy in the evening and quite loud and rowdy. It is okay at lunch time and I think there is an outside area at the back too but there are nicer places to take children. TOILETS AND ACCESS These are upstairs and I can't remember seeing a lift so I am not sure what facilities they offer for disabled people. There are also about ten steps to get into the building too so that isn't making it easy access either. The toilets are clean or at least they have been on the four or five times I have been here but they are not anything sleek smart or modern and the stupid hand dryer is ineffective as many are. RECOMMENDED? Yes and no. It is fine for a quick lunch or a drink but I wouldn't choose to go here for a nice meal with friends nor would I choose this for a romantic meal. It is also somewhere I would avoid for a meal with our family. So all in all I feel it is really aimed at those younger than me. Maybe those who are not that interested in good food or a special meal and those who want a cheap okay sort of meal in a busy bar with TVs for watching whatever sport happens to be on.
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