If you are out and about look out for Yates as you will get a good cheap meal here. If you are out and about and find yourself wanting to stop somewhere other than McDonalds for something to eat you cannot do wrong looking for a Yates. It is not just a wine bar. During the day, which is what I am going to write about, you can get a meal and drink. At night it turns into a nightclub with food and drink which unfortunately I have not yet been to. As you enter Yates you will find it very spacious and airy. If it is very hot then the whole front is opened up so that you find it very refreshing. There is a long bar with bar stools if you prefer to sit there otherwise there are very comfortable settees and chairs around the tables. It has a relaxed atmosphere even though there are american style tvs on the walls at many areas. During the day soft music plays. If you are just going in for a liquid drink the drinks are very reasonable but dont order the drinks separately if you are going to have a meal here as most of the menus are for 1 meal and 1 drink to save you money. The prices are doubles from £2.29 for vodka up to £2.85 for a double Jack Daniels and coke. If wine is your tipple you can get white or red house to share for £4.99. A cocktail pitcher is £4.95 every day which has 4 shots of alcohol in it or £2.50 a glass. Bottles are £1.50 each and shooters £1.00 so you can easily affort a drink with the meal. Soft drinks are 75p upwards. Everyday at 5.pm they have a different food menu day. This goes on until 9pm at night. Sunday is as could be expected Sunday Roast. This is £5.99 and even buy one get one free and you do get your moneys worth. It is excellently cooked. Served on larger than large plates and in a reasonable time. Monday is Burgher and Budweiser day. £3.29.I havent found out yet if you can have another drink besides budweiser. Tuesday is Grill day. Price £4.49. They really do do it to your specification too. Wednesday is Pizza and pasta for £3.99. This is very very popular. Thursday is Curry, the cobra curry club. Curry and drink for £3.39 I have only tried their chicken madras which seemed milder than a lot of madrases but for a quid you do get poppadums with it. On these days if you go before 5pm you get 2 for 1 and this includes things like fish and chips, lasangne sausage and mash and scampi and chips. None of these are more than £7. I dont know a lot of places where you can get two good meals for under £7.00. What I especially like about Yates is that you are not rushed or hurried, they dont hang around your table waiting for you to order and when you have finished your meal they do not rush you to go. They are laid back but having said that they bring the food quickly and the drinks you go and fetch yourselves.
I for one am getting totally annoyed with the increasing drink prices that pubs and nightclubs are charging nowadays. I enjoy a night out as much as anyone, but £3 for a pint of lager/bitter, £3.20 for an alcopop, £2.50 for a bottle of Orange Juice, £1.50 for half a pint of coke, etc, etc. I could go on forever. I find it amazing that so many people are still prepared to pay this kind of money for a night out at their local pub or nightclub. I very rarely spend less than £40 on a night out, and that is without going for a meal, or getting a taxi there and back. And on a night out with my wife we can sometimes spend as much as £60 in one night. This seems unbelievable to think that so many people are in exactly the same boat, and when you think of just how much pubs and clubs actually pay for their drinks, it is even more unbelievable just how much some of them make in just one night. Lets take draught beer to start with. My local pubs and nightclubs charge from between £2.60 and £3.00 for a pint of beer. I know for a fact that these pubs and clubs only pay about 60p a pint for lager/bitter ( 60p a pint @ the price of a barrell ). Some bars may even pay less than this. I understand that these establishments have wages and many other costs to pay, but does this really warrant over £2 profit on each pint that they sell. Especially when you take into account that they can afford to sell drinks at less than half price on a week day. Alcopops are even worse, £2.80 - £3.20 for a small bottle of VK, Reef or Bicardi Breezer in my area. I can buy these from my local cash and carry for 60p a bottle, and I imagine that pubs and clubs pay even less than this, as they buy in bulk. This to me is daylight robbery, but yet we still pay these ridiculous prices. Why? Because we all need a good night out once in a while ( Or every week for most people ). My local pub ( Which is a very popular pub ), has just started selling lager and bitter at £1 a pint on Friday nights, and alcopops are buy one get one free. This alone only proves to me just how much these pubs are making, Why?.Because how can a pub afford to do this when it is packed out ( Believe me it is packed every Friday without fail ), the reason is because even at £1 a pint, they are making a profit. On top of that we get charged £5 - £10 to enter a nightclub and some pubs in my area even charge to get in. So for 2 of you to enter a nightclub and buy 2 drinks you are talking about £15 - £20. I have become so angry at pub and club prices recently that there are now only 2 pubs in my area that I will go in for a Saturday night out, and that is because they offer drinks at £1.50 - £2.00. I have become totally disillusioned with nightclubs, and will only go once every few weeks. Many ofmy friends have also now taken the same stance as me, and we now only go to a club on special occassions ( Birthdays, etc ). I would urge anyone who is annoyed with what they have to pay when they go out, to boycott their pubs and clubs more often. Believe me, the prices will soon go down if nobody pays todays prices every week. To prove my point: My local pub which I now go to, used to charge £2.80 a pint, and £2.80 for an alcopop. About a year ago they suddenly lost nearly all of their regulars, and struggled to get 20 people in on a Saturday night. They then pushed a massive promotion in which every drink in the pub was £1.20. It didn't take long for the pub to become packed again. They now sell drinks at £1.60 up until 10pm, and the pub stays packed until that time, and then almost everyone leaves. The only way to force pubs and clubs to put down their prices is to stop going. Obviously this is something that most of us would not be prepared to do. But even if we all stopped going every single week, then it may be enough to force t hem to knock down their prices. I for one will limit my pub and club time until prices go down. This may not happen, but I'm not going to waste £50 a week of my hard earned money to give to these money grabbing parasites.