I can never understand why so many real-ale drinkers disparage Wetherspoons. True, they are a "chain" pub (a great sin in many people's eyes), but the company is based on the soundest of principles: i.e to give good value in an old-fashioned conversation-friendly atmosphere.
My local "Spoon" at South Shields, The William Wouldhave, always has at least four real ales on tap and there is no "music", piped or otherwise, to drown out conversation. I notice that, recently, T.V screens have crept in, but the sound is turned off. Having emerged hoarse from shouting over the din which passes for music in some bars, I find it a great boon to be able to hold a peaceful conversation with friends while I enjoy excellent beer in a clean and friendly environment.
In a future article, I intend to write a full, illustrated, appreciation of the Wouldhave. Watch this space.