on February 10, 2013
Our travelling salesman friend often starts his day with a breakfast at the local Weatherspoons pub and so it seemed natural to him to hunt down the local Gosforth example during our extended weekend visit to the area. The Job Bulman is located on a side street in the centre of Gosforth and located in a grand building which used to be the Post Office. It’s quite easy to walk onto the main street where there is a co-op for a newspaper and the like, and there is a cash machine almost opposite the Job Bulman if you need money. Parking is available either on the street, or if you want to stay a while a (pay and display) car park is available behind the Job Bulman Although the Weatherspoons formula is pretty standard up and down the country with its bright carpets, lots of wood and comfortable seating, I always hunt round for a board which explains the history of the building and who the pub is named after. In this instance, it was a bit of a struggle, although I did find out about the history of the site of the race course up the road (they used to make early aircraft and cars there). Eventually I did spot a board which explained the Post Office history, and rather strangely it seemed that Job Bulman was a local town banker. I'm not quite sure why Weatherspoon’s put the two together (the building often has some connection with the person it is named after), but I guess it's not for me to wonder why.The breakfast at Weatherspoons is always very good and the Gosforth example was no exception. I ordered the vegetarian breakfast and got a fried egg, potato hash browns (although they are more beige), beans and half a fried tomato and some toast. I always order orange juice and Weatherspoons always provide it in huge portions. Two breakfasts on consecutive days with a pint of orange juice each time and I thought I might go orange myself.The breakfasts are good value and while I personally might try to find a local independent breakfast spot, to be fair to my salesman friend, the Weatherspoons is usually the best value and of course always consistent. We didn't visit the Weatherspoons on an evening, but it is a big place and I can fully imagine it having a lively atmosphere. Again, Weatherspoons is one of the cheapest places to buy alcohol and its pleasant surroundings mean you can do far worse. There are plenty of real ales to sample, and there is also a good choice of wines and other drinks. Meals are also on offer during the day although they tend to be of the microwave or deep fry variety, although good value for what you get.
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