A Wetherspoons worker has shared the real reason prices are so cheap in the pub chain’s boozers. The former staff member spoke to Channel 5 documentary Wetherspoons: How Do They Do It ?.
Ex-barmaid Sophia Nasif explained: “Speed is important. The faster you are the more you’re going to sell.” Craig Henry, a former pub manager, said: “It’s about focusing on speed of service, that general turnaround is key.”
Staff explained Wetherspoons saves money by precision pouring, with a 5 per cent head on each poured drink. Managers can test this by weighing a pint, staff members explained to the doc.
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“The minimum amount of waste equals the best profit,” said Craig. And the staff are encouraging doubles by asking “do you want a double?” after orders of spirits, those taking part in the doc explained.
They do the same with food, too, exchanging some phrases for subtly different ones designed to encourage more spending from punters. Staff will not ask “do you want any onion rings”, instead they would say “how many onion rings do you want?”.
Wetherspoons also sends staff to check competitor prices in the vicinity of their boozers, according to the doc. Each pub will try and keep it below the local average.
Wetherspoons is renowned for its cheap beer prices, its cheap and cheerful food and its iconic carpets. It operates branches across Birmingham.
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