WETHERSPOONS customers were angry to discover that the drinks giant has axed its popular Monday Club promotion in the run up to Christmas.
The pub chain has stopped the deal – which offers customers discounted drinks prices every Monday – for the three weeks leading up to December 25.
One drinker was furious when he was charged £7.60 for two pints of Foster’s lager at the Waterhouse pub in Manchester city centre last Monday, the Mirror reports.
Usually he would pay around £5 through the deal.
He told the Mirror: “So much for the season of goodwill. Tim Martin seems to think it is good business practice to increase prices for customers at Christmas.
“Given his vocal support for Brexit and his recent boasts about creating 10,000 new jobs I think customers should be reminded of his business strategy.”
But Wetherspoons has said that it always reduces prices at this time of year and that all the deals will be back in the New Year on January 6.
And the pub also alerts customers to the three-week break on all its promotional posters.
Eddie Gershon, spokesman for Wetherspoons confirmed to The Sun: “The Monday Club is available throughout the year, apart from three weeks in the lead up to Xmas.
“We appreciate that customers will be disappointed that the Monday Club and its prices is not available at this time.
“However, we believe our prices are great value throughout the year and we also have a January sale across our pubs from the start of the year.”
HOW TO SLASH THE COST AT WETHERSPOONS
HERE’S some of the best tips and tricks to make your Spoons visit even cheaper
- Make the most of “free” unlimited hot drink refills – You can enjoy bottomless brews all day in participating Wetherspoons pubs by buying one hot drink.
The offer includes Tetley tea and a range of Lavazza coffee including a flat white, latte, cappuccino, and Americano.
- Check your location to see if you can get it cheaper elsewhere – Last year Channel 4 show Supershoppers found prices can vary by up to 60 per cent, even if the pubs are just a few hundred metres apart.
- Choose your day depending on the club deal – Wetherspoons has different food-themed nights each day.
These include: Tuesday: Steak Club, Wednesday: Chicken Club, Thursday: Curry Club, Friday: Fish Friday, Sunday: Sunday Brunch
- Use the Wetherspoon app to get FREE drinks – The Wetherspoon app allows you to order and pay for your drink and food from your table – but you don’t need to be in the pub to use it.Taking full advantage of this, cheeky customers have taken to using social media to ask their friends and family to order them drinks.
- Become a Wetherspoons secret diner – You can sign up to become a secret diner at your local Wetherspoons by contacting product testing site Market Force.
If you’re selected, you’ll be able to eat and drink for free but you’ll need to submit an honest review after.
Come January, Spoons fans will be treated to a bonanza sale, with discounts on offer on a wide range of around 20 drinks in every Wetherspoons pub in the UK and Northern Ireland.
The specific deals will depend on which pub you visit, but include drinks such as Guinness, lager, draft ale, cider, Gordon’s gin, Smirnoff vodka, cocktail pitchers, wine and a range of soft drinks.
The chain is also reducing the price of its hotel rooms during the January-sale period, with all rooms priced from £49 from January 2 to January 17.
Earlier this week, Wetherspoons revealed that it was battling with a temporary shortage of pigs in blankets.
The chain said it had been having issues with its meat supplier.
Pubs had warned customers about the issue using posters that read:”Owing to a supplier issue, our pigs in blankets will be without their blankets.”
But the blip was temporary and Wetherspoons are now back to serving pigs in blankets as usual.
There are currently 975 Wetherspoons pubs in the UK and you can find your nearest one here.
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