I visited St. Annes last week with my hubby and looking for somewhere to eat at lunch time decided to try the Trawl Boat Inn which is a branch of Wetherspoons. I hadn't visited a Wetherspoons for some time but I find that these places can be a bit hit and miss as to whether they are good or bad.
The Trawl Boat Inn in St. Anne's was indeed one of the better Wetherspoon's pubs and although it was quite crowded especially in the outside seating area because it was such a sunny day we did manage to find a nice table inside. There are a lot of steps up to the entrance but there was a ramp at the side which led up to only a few steps to gain access, and because I have a sore knee used this option.
The bar was quite crowded but the queue was quickly dealt with and our food and drinks order was taken. We did have to wait quite a while for our food to be served but the member of staff apologised for the delay and we didn't mind as we were enjoying a comfortable sit down and a nice refreshing drink.
It was Chicken club apparently on the day we visited and this included a drink. We both chose a nice chicken dish and drink for just under fourteen pounds which was very good value considering that the food was well cooked and nicely presented. The staff were friendly and helpful and I enjoyed my visit there.
This dingy, dark hole reminds me of the Mos Eisley Cantina out of Star Wars, complete with strange, humanoid aliens too.Not exactly the type of place you'd want to take your loved one for a drink or meal really.Food (if you can call it that?) is like cardboard and the locals/staff aren't very pleasant either.Avoid.
The word “Wetherspoons” used to stir up not-too-happy memories of the odd visit to a certain Manchester branch which was inevitably full of old men. This all changed last week though when we tried out the new pub in Wood Street (opposite Tiggis where we went a couple of days before - can you say “mother over doing the fact that youngest is actually spending more than a couple of nights at home for the first time in nearly a year”?). Anyway, we went to the Trawl Boat and it totally changed my opinion of Wetherspoons. On entering I realised immediately that this place was different – it was roomy, it was tastefully decorated and, most importantly, it had more of a wine bar than smoky country pub feel to it. We found a table and read through the menu which took a few minutes since they have an excellent range of things (including several unusual but delicious tasting vegetarian things). On offer were pasta dishes, jacket potatoes, baguettes, traditional pub food and lots more. We ordered at the bar and the food was with us about 10 mins later. The prices were really reasonable and they have a “2 for £5 ” offer on every day. Drinks-wise they have proper Coke (ie not Pepsi – always a bonus in my book), a good selection of other soft drinks and many wines and beers. Although I was full, I was not too full to manage a pudding – the lure of banana and maple syrup American style pancakes was too much to resist. While I’m on the subject, the staff were great and the service excellent – special requests were handled without a hitch (like banana-less pancakes in my case) which is unfortunately not always the case. The last thing I have to mention is the loos, because they were so wonderful – honestly I could have lived up there. The ladies anyway was a huge room with comfy chairs on which to relax, magnificent, sparkling mirrors on 3 walls, large windows looking down onto the st
reet below and more. It was the type of room that wouldn’t have been out of place in a 5* hotel. In Manchester we somehow manage to spend way too much time in toilets (guess it’s a girl thing – esp some of my friends who could preen for Britain) and I’ve never seen any so nice. Even Infinity with their twin loos so “girls can go together without stopping talking” doesn’t come close. Lol at the time when this random girl asked my friend (who I’d better not name in case she ever reads this) to, ahem, accompany her. She wasn’t amused but the rest of us found it hilarious. Anyway I’m off track (again) so back to the matter at hand. The loos are incredible, they really are. They really really are. I can’t stress this enough :-) The Trawl Boat is open all day every day, and food is also always available during these times too. It’s centrally located, only a minute or so from the Square and Clifton Drive, and is well worth a visit if you’re in St Annes and fancy a snack. And don’t forget to pop up the stairs to the loos… :-)