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Spennymoor is an increasingly popular hotspot for a night out, with plenty of decent bars, pubs and restaurants including a massive Wetherspoons right in the town centre.

Pint of beer at Wetherspoons in Spennymoor

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Wetherspoons is a major chain of pubs and restaurants throughout the UK, there is one in almost every town and city in England. The Grand Electric Hall is no exception, it rakes in people of all backgrounds, ethnicity and age groups. Whether it’s families with children, friends gatherings, special occasions like hen nights and works’ Christmas dos. This Wetherspoons in Spennymoor offers everything you would expect to get in any Wetherspoons, and like every Wetherspoons it is completely unique in it’s own way.

This Wetherspoons in Spennymoor is a massive modern building and inside it is very large and spacious. The outside of the restaurant is a floor-to-ceiling glass facade overlooking the high street and an outdoor seating area sprawling across the full length of the building.

As for the history of it, like all Wetherspoons, it has a fascinating story to tell. The Grand Electric Hall originally the Arcadia Grand Electric Hall cinema which had gotten destroyed in a fire in 1929 before it was rebuilt. The cinema was where many classic movies were shown and performances. Now, it is a bustling Wetherspoons located on Cheapside in Spennymoor very near to the Festival Walk shopping arcade.

Why you should visit this Wetherspoons pub in Spennymoor

There are so many reasons why this Wetherspoons in particular is worth adding to your list of places to visit.

Location

The area in which this Wetherspoons in Spennymoor is located is perfect for a night out in the town. It is also convenient to visit for a bite to eat for lunch whilst you’re out shopping. Other shops, cafes and places to eat and drink include The Grind, Brewers Arms and The Penny Gill which are less than a five-minute’s walk away. It is also near to the supermarkets Asda, Aldi and Lidl and walking distance from the leisure centre.

Other leisure activities nearby include the leisure centre and the Victoria Jubilee Park which is ideal for families with children- they can go for a fun afternoon or morning at the park and playground and tie in a stop at The Grand Electric Hall for food and drink.

Food

We recommend visiting this pub as you know what to expect at Wetherspoons, as it serves pretty much anything you can get in any Wetherspoons. The food includes the usual deli deals, their famous 8- or 11-inch pizzas, and of course, their chips are like no other restaurant’s! A lot of their dishes come with a drink included too.

Other food includes:

  • Breakfasts including full English with vegan-friendly alternatives (vegan sausages), Eggs Benedict, and scrambled eggs & toast.
  • Desserts including chocolate fudge cake (with custard), ice cream and cookie dough of varied portion sizes, and healthy options like fruit salad.
  • Side dishes including chicken bites, onion rings and salad.

Drinks

They offer refillable hot drinks, you just pay for your cup and then refill it as many times as you like with any hot drink. The hot drink machine serves coffee, cappuccino, latte, mocha, hot chocolate etc at the press of a button. Tea is also available by filling your cup with hot water at the machine and helping yourself to teabags which are kept along with sugar, sweetener and a milk jug by the machine. This self-service hot drinks station is available at all Wetherspoons.

Their selection of beers always includes a variety of guest ales all from breweries local to the area. The Grand Electric Wetherspoons in Spennymoor often serves beers brewed within the local area of County Durham. Other alcoholic drinks include different craft beers from around the world, wines, cocktail mixers and premixed cocktails- so there’s plenty to kick-start your party! Drinks served on draught include the usual lagers as well as Leffe and Brewdog Punk IPA. Check out what deals they’re doing on certain drinks, they’re all advertised around the restaurant.

There is a massive selection of non-alcoholic drinks including soft drinks served on a post-mix and in bottles/cans. They only serve Pepsi Maxx for cola drinks along with lemonade and soda water (including sugar-free). You can always buy slim-line tonic as well as ordinary tonic, and tonics of different flavors including elderflower. You can help yourself to a glass of still water by a chilled water dispenser on the bar to stay hydrated.

To see the full menu click here.

Atmosphere

The indoor atmosphere is very vibrant. There is soft ambient lighting which especially sets a cosy mood on an evening. The color scheme is not overly stimulating. It is worth coming on an evening on a weekend if you’re looking to kick-start a fun night out. If you’re wanting a more relaxed vibe, the best time to come is on a mid afternoon during the week- this is the ideal time to come to sit and chill with a cuppa and even do some studying or reading!

Accessibility

This Wetherspoons in Spennymoor is a very accessible pub/restaurant as it accommodates for people with physical disabilities, learning difficulties and autistic people.

Wheelchair access

The entrance to the pub is wide with glass double doors that are easy to push open. All of the flooring is flat and even, most of it is carpeted so it is very comfortable to push a wheelchair on.

It is important to note that there steps immediately to the right as you come in, which lead to the main seating area and bar area. There is a sloped pathway also immediately to the right running along the front of the main room to access the bar and seating area up here.

The seating area that you walk into is under a low-ceiling space and there are no steps in this area.

Toilet facilities

There are disabled toilets downstairs down a small corridor at the end of the bar area. Main toilets are located upstairs which includes the males’ and females’ toilets. There are quite a lot of stairs to get up but there is a handrail on both sides and the stairs are nice and wide and not too steep.

Inclusive menu

As with all Wetherspoons, The Grand Electric in Spennymoor has a decent selection of dishes of varied portion sizes and nutritional value. The calories in each meal and drink are mentioned on the menu. The menu also has a deli section, pizzas, burgers, curries and steak meals. All meals on the menu have information on vegan/vegetarian friendly food and allergens. And the bar is stocked with drinks suitable for people who don’t drink alcohol- including low-alcohol beers, gins and ciders which all taste the same as their alcoholic counterpart- but without the effects of alcohol which some people prefer to avoid!

Outdoor space

There is outdoor seating and tables at the front of the pub all fenced off by a low barrier. This is ideal and convenient for people who prefer space if it gets busy, noisy and/or claustrophobic inside.

Indoor space

The space indoors is very cool and spacious too. They have seating space with the option of sitting in a high-ceiling or low-ceiling area. There is seating near the bar area as well as right by the entrance and near the stairs to the toilets. People have the option to sit on high stool chairs at high tables or ordinary chairs at lower-height tables. This is good for people who may prefer sitting higher/lower from the floor for physical or psychological needs. If you prefer a sense of privacy, there are also booth seats in the low-ceiling area.

Table service

As with all Wetherspoons, The Grand Electric in Spennymoor uses table service. People can choose to order at the bar or order using the Wetherspoons app on their phone. Using the app is ideal for people who feel uncomfortable talking to staff at the bar or don’t want to queue at the bar when it is gets busy and crowded. This is also better for people who prefer to stay seated more for physical disabilities i.e. wheelchair users benefit strongly from this as the bar may not always be easily accessible for them.The food and drink ordered via the app will then be bought straight to your table and you don’t have to get up at all. People can also help themselves to condiments in separate locations in the pub including salt, pepper, ketchup and mayonnaise etc.

Child-friendly

This Wetherspoons in Spennymoor, like most Wetherspoons, is child- and family-friendly. It serves food of appropriate portion sizes for children and babies and the bar also serves child-friendly drinks including soft drinks (Pepsi Maxx, lemonade etc,), water, orange juice and fruit juice. People can even get the staff to fill up babies milk bottles with warm milk. The pub also provides highchairs for babies and toddlers which are easy to move around and carry. They are found stacked up in various locations inside the pub. There are baby-changing facilities in the disabled toilets.

Atmosphere

The atmosphere at this Wetherspoons in Spennymoor varies depending on the time of day. The busiest time everyday is around 11 am-12 pm as lots of people come here for their lunch or late breakfast around this area. The busiest evenings are Fridays and Saturdays- as this is when a lot of people will come for a night out. The building is very large and spacious so the acoustics are sensory-friendly. There is no music playing at all and it never gets too rowdy. When it is busy it can get noisier when large groups of people are out drinking. Occasionally, there may be loud clashing coming from the glass bin which is located near the bar area. The bar area is generally the busiest at most times.

Parking

The nearest parking is at Farplace Car Park beside the Festival Walk, which is just a two-minute’s walk from Wetherspoons. This car park is also ideal if you’re visiting the shops in the town centre. It is important to bare in mind the parking fees apply throughout the daytime until 6 pm.

Other parking nearby includes Asda which is free but has a maximum limit of 2 hours. Asda is just a two-minute’s walk to Wetherspoons via a footpath cutting past the supermarket.

The most ideal place to park is at the Spennymoor Leisure Center, it’s just a two-minute’s walk to Wetherspoons and there are no parking restrictions. There are disabled parking spaces here too.

You can also park on the main street running past Wetherspoons- Cheapside- which is a maximum stay for 1 hour between 8 am-6 pm Monday-Saturday, there are no restrictions on a Sunday or anytime after 6 pm but spaces are limited.

Public transport

There are plenty of bus stops on the doorstep to this Wetherspoons in Spennymoor. The nearest bus stop from Wetherspoons is on the high street past the Festival Walk shopping arcade and next to the bandstand, less than a 5-minute’s walk. Buses can be caught here from Durham, and as far as Newcastle as well as Bishop Auckland and Barnard Castle. You can also catch other bus services running from Peterlee, Darlington and Middlesborough.

Conclusion

We hope that you have found this listing helpful in your search for disability-accessible pubs and restaurants in County Durham and Spennymoor. As well as this Wetherspoons in Spennymoor, we also recommend:

Stanley Jefferson (Bishop Auckland)
Bishops Mill (Durham)
Hat & Feathers (Seaham)

Q Is there a pub quiz on at this Wetherspoons?

No, but at this Wetherspoons they run bingo sessions at 6 pm on a Monday night

Q Is there real ale events at this Wetherspoons?

Yes, every March and October there is a real ale festival which takes place at all Wetherspoons

Q Are there parasols on the outdoor seating area?

No there aren't but some of the tables outside are under a sheltered area right next to the building entrance.

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