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    I have long thought there is a market for 'Spoons to open pubs dedicated purely to Real Ales, preferably in smaller, more intimate premises than the usual converted carpet warehouses. Cheap prices, good selections and no morons. I feel a Dear Tim letter coming on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RogerB View Post
    I have long thought there is a market for 'Spoons to open pubs dedicated purely to Real Ales, preferably in smaller, more intimate premises than the usual converted carpet warehouses. Cheap prices, good selections and no morons. I feel a Dear Tim letter coming on.
    Seconded, in principle. However, I'd be concerned how this particular variant would impact on the better real ale pubs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Ven View Post
    My local rag tonight reports that Martha's Vineyard in Walsall town centre http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/38892/, which closed suddenly last week, is to be given a £1.3 million and transformed into a specialist real ale pub after being bought by JD Wetherspoon. The move was encouraged by the success of the JDW Imperial just around the corner.

    Given JD's already sell real ale, does anyone know if this move represents a new JDW brand?
    I do not know, but my guess is a bit of hype by JDW & reporter just printing the press release given to them by JDW

    In Portsmouth, Landport area there are at least 3 JDWs to my knowledge, all within easy 5 minutes walking distance of each other, I suspect JDW just goes where the likely customers are

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    Quote Originally Posted by aleandhearty View Post
    Seconded, in principle. However, I'd be concerned how this particular variant would impact on the better real ale pubs.
    Surely if they were better it wouldn't impact on them?

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    They all seem too be alco pops. If I drank this one ( Hendrick’s, tonic and cucumber ) I would chunder Cucumber has that effect on me.
    Don't You just hate Pubs that say
    ( We don't stock any Real Ales as theres Just no call for it.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinko View Post
    Surely if they were better it wouldn't impact on them?
    I suspect you're being playfully facetious here, but there's always a battle between price and quality. If Timbo has venues only serving real ale (at a decent temperature!), at the regular JDW discounted price, then they're bound to steal a percentage of the quality led market. In today's climate, that lost percentage might be the difference between staying in the black, or going in the red, for even the best run places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RogerB View Post
    I have long thought there is a market for 'Spoons to open pubs dedicated purely to Real Ales, preferably in smaller, more intimate premises than the usual converted carpet warehouses. Cheap prices, good selections and no morons. I feel a Dear Tim letter coming on.
    I've long been under the impression that the "moron" market was Tim Martin's target
    demographic.

    Seriously though, the idea of smaller Wetherspoons does sound alarmingly like a sort of Tesco Metro of the pub world, laying waste to independent businesses (pubs in this case) as it goes.

    I speak as someone with a pathological aversion to Wetherspoons, obviously.
    And you can really taste the hops!

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    I'm guessing that it will come as no surprise that I am a +1 on Evil Gazebo's comment.

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    Whilst I don't mind going in the Wetherspoons now and then like the Gatehouse http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/25474/ and the Tally Ho http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/25591/ for instance as they were traditional Charrington Pubs at one time. But I do hate those large large places that are like drinking in a supermarket like the New Crown at Southgate it was a Sainsburys and it still feels like when drinking in there it is very Dull Dark & Dreary.
    Don't You just hate Pubs that say
    ( We don't stock any Real Ales as theres Just no call for it.)

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