My local Yates is in Chelmsford and i really can't say a good word about the place. Yes drinks are cheap - for example you can get a bottle of wine for only £4.99 and on some nights of the week they do drinks for just one pound - which i personally think is just irresponsible - and they wonder why they constantly have fights in there. I haven't eaten in Yates for years as the food was just terrible although once again cheap but for the same price you can get much better quality food elsewhere. They used to have a good karaoke night on Sunday which was something a little different and great fun for a chilled Sunday evening but they stopped this a while ago and i haven't had any reason or desire to go back since. I think i once walked in and walked straight out again. It's always dirty and the tables are rarely cleaned with glasses left for ages. Luckily thanks to the smoking ban full ashtrays aren't left on the tables festering. I wouldn't ever recommend this place to anyone i know! There are regularly fights and trouble breaking out at this bar and i wouldn't wish that anyone i knew was part of it!
Yates, a trendy, modern bar that is known to sell cheap food and drink. There seems to be a Yates in most parts of Britain, and good job because if your out and about in an unkown town or city and you come across one, then you know exactly what you are going to get for your money. Yates is a great place to go for lunch, opening at 11am, and often does deals on food. Such as a drink (alcoholic or soft) and a burger and chips for around £5.00, which you must agree is quite a fair price. As Yates bars tend to be situated in the centre of towns and cities, they turn into a hot spot for those who are on a night out, oftening closing around 2am. The bar clears most tables and chairs and turns up the music to turn in to a really great place to go to. Yates is nearly always packed out on Fridays, Saturdays and Bank holidays. This is great if your wanting to go out and really feel the atmosphere. Plus, the drinks are reasonably priced so you can enjoy your night and not worry about money too much.
Another week of boring college food leads to yet another trip out in to Durham to find somewhere nice to eat. This weeks choice was Yates, a pub/bar close to the centre of town. I'd never actually heard of this place until one of my friends went there, so decided to pay a visit myself. The first thing that strikes you when you walk in is the size of the place, it's certainly the largest pub I've seen in Durham, with plenty of tables to sit at, and a nice long bar to get your drinks from. It's also rather cheap too, although it doesn't seem to be all that popular with students. We went for some food, so that's where I'll start. The menu contains a selection of bar meals and snacks, rather than anything more up market. There's a selection of sandwiches or salads, as well as things like burgers and fish. As well as chips you can also have curly fries or potato wedges. The choice of deserts is rather limited though, with only 3 or 4 on the menu, this is made up for by the fact that the American style muffin with golden syrup and ice cream was one of the most delicious things I've eaten in ages. The beef, mozzarella and onion sandwich with chips I had was also very nice, although my girlfriend wasn't so impressed with her fish and chips. Price is one point where Yates does well, with most meals costing between £3 and £6. At the moment they are running a promotion where certain meals, including fish and chips can be had for only £2.75! At that price you can't really complain! Drinks are also reasonably priced, with a pint of Carling only costing £1.60 in Happy Hour (which actually lasts most of the day!). Other offers include Smirnoff Ice for just under £2 and a double shot for £2.25. Overall I found Yates a great place to go, the food isn't going to win any awards but it's much better than at College. I was surprised to see that there weren't a lot more students in Yates, it do es seem to be more popular with the locals in Durham, which means that it probably isn't a good place to go drinking at weekends, although I do wonder how much of the reported student and locals hostilities are made up. Anyway, all in all I though Yates was a great place to eat, and one certainly worth going back to.
Yates Wine Lodge in Durham is probably the best allround pub in the city center, and subsequently the busiest. During the day it has a fairly comprehensive menu, a 2 for £5.90 on some meals after 2pm, a nice ambience and gentle background music. The drinks are also on special between 2 and 8 everyday. The pub is quite spacious, has plenty of tables, a large no smoking zone and whenever I have been in friendly and helpful staff. In the evenings they have a variety of entertainments. Monday is a quiz, on the big screen, so more picture based and genuinely good fun. Alternate Tuesdays tend to have a band on. I saw both zoo2 and Abba/Steps there, both very different but both great nights out. Thursdays has DJ Mark, and two for one of a couple of products between 8 and 10. Fridays and Saturdays have a different DJ and tend to be packed, I've stood in line outside, but its worth it. There are usually plenty of staff on, so no matter how busy the service is not slow. And on Sunday its the perfect place to chill over a coffee or quiet pint and just relax. Something for everyone in Yates Durham, just sorry I no longer live there.