Uproar as Wetherspoons axes Sunday dinner

Fans of cut-price British pub chain JD Wetherspoon have expressed their dismay at its decision to stop serving a traditional roast dinner.

The removal of the Sunday roast dinner has even led to a petition being set up (Photo: Wiki)

The removal of the Sunday roast dinner has even led to a petition being set up (Photo: Wiki)

The pub group, which operates around 900 venues in the UK and Ireland, served its last Sunday roast dinners yesterday (6 March).

The scrapping of the Sunday staple has lead to scores of customers venting their distress on social media, with one asking “is nothing sacred?”.

It has even led to a petition being set up that is garnering support online.

One signatory to the ‘Keep the Wetherspoons Sunday Roast’ petition wrote: “A pub without Sunday lunch is not a pub”, while another said: “I enjoy the Sunday roast at Wetherspoons Swansea Kings Way. I can relax and talk to friends. No washing up and never a complaint. Please do not take this away.”

The removal of the Sunday roast is one of several changes to its menu, which is also seeing price rises for some items.

Wetherspoons has issued a statement from CEO John Hutson in response to upset customers.

“In most pubs, we are replacing the Sunday Club offer of a Sunday roast meal, including a drink, with one consisting of a Sunday Brunch and a drink – for a set price,” he said.

“We know that the Sunday roasts are popular, but the size of our menu has increased, over time, along with the number of meals we serve on Sundays.

“We are keen not to put ourselves in a position where we could start letting customers down with our service and have decided to concentrate on serving from our already-extensive menu.

“We try constantly to improve our service levels and the quality of food which we sell – and hope that you can understand our decision to concentrate our efforts on our current menu.”

9 Responses to “Uproar as Wetherspoons axes Sunday dinner”

  1. Robert Dale says:

    Did Wetherspoon even bother to hold a survey with customers ? I doubt it very much.
    And while they might be intent to shoot themselves in the foot, it seems that they have no concerns about shooting many customers through the heart.
    Other pubs (chains and independents) will surely benefit.

  2. TM says:

    Not sure that Weatherspoons would need to survey the customers, they are bound to have excellent data management systems and would simply look at how many roasts the sell a week versus how many brunches. I am guessing there is big difference in numbers, making it a no-brainer.

    As for a petition, I would bet a lot of people will sign it even if they never put the hands in a pocket to actually buy themselves a meal,

  3. John McGeehan says:

    Jesus, who in the right minds wants to eat stuff out of microwaves? Go support your local independent who will almost certainly cook fresh from scratch. These chain pubs are a scourge on society and the licensed trade.

  4. mark price says:

    While I totally agree that this idea of chef in chains is completely misleading I am not surprised at the decision to remove Sunday roasts as a for employee I was disgusted at the fact food was being served from bags reheated and no harm to so called chefs (cough) from the branded food side it really doesn’t speak of much to anyone who feels that this is a big loss because the fact still remains that British consumers in general are uneducated in the quality of which food is both cooked and served I.e I subsequently went to a weatherspoons to be a mystery guest as I have done with many pub chains and left the Sunday roast after one mouthful of it over cooked veg YES that’s right it should be slightly crunchy and the quality is as cheap as it comes so really for £5 no one has the right to complain about it and judging by the picture above well if being served a plate of cat food turns you on drenched in fake gravy then by all means knock yourself out otherwise no petition in the world will save the disappointing standards of a traditional dinner being returned!
    Do yourselves a favour and pay more for quality otherwise cook it yourselves!

  5. Bb69 says:

    I always found that the Sunday roasts were not up to standard. Eating later in the afternoon it was quite often dried up and not very nice. Stopped having them a long time ago. Far better choices on the menu.

  6. sheilaponton says:

    ia very pathetic sunday brunch is no replacement for super su vedi roast dinners at wetherspoons great diappointment most other venues charge an awful lot more and quality of food serverd not a patch on wetherspoons was my favourate meal of the week i.e.no cooking or washing up will be soreley missed dr.s.m

  7. Christine says:

    Your Sunday lunch was a focal point for many families and the brunch is a very poor replacement being only a glorified breakfast. It is a great disappointment to many people and at your London pub The Coronet last Sunday the lack of customers seemed to reflect this. Please think again surely it’s not that difficult to sort out a few roast potatoes.

  8. Susan holloway says:

    Please bring back Sunday lunches.brunch is no substitute, very unhappy about this.

  9. KE MItchell says:

    Staggering that a lovely meal with healthy veg should be replaced by a fry up of unhealthy processed meats and chips. Used to eat Sunday lunch there every week but will be avoiding the ‘heart attack on a plate’ alternative. Their loss – my money will be spent elsewhere.

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