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Among many pubs and bars in Seaham town centre by the harbour, The Hat & Feathers is the only Wetherspoons pub and it is certainly the most popular venue in the area for eating out and drinking.

People eating out at Wetherspoons in Seaham

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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 Hat & Feathers is no exception, it rakes in people of all backgrounds, ethnicities and ages. Whether it’s families with children, friends gatherings, special occasions like hen nights and works’ Christmas dos. This Wetherspoons in Seaham offers everything you would expect to get in any Wetherspoons, and like every Wetherspoons it is completely unique in it’s own way.

This restaurant is a two-storey building and is rather large and spacious and fairly modern. It has a massive entrance that immediately opens out into a high-ceiling hall with a balcony overlooking it accessed via stairs or a lift. The bar is to the left as you walk in and the stairs to the main toilets are to the far right.

As for the history of it, like all Wetherspoons, it has a fascinating story to tell. It was built in 1960 on Church Street which was predominantly a residential area during this time. At this time, the building was home to Doggart’s department store which sold furniture, clothes and ultimately- fine hats with feathers. It had become a milliners shop during the 1900s which stretches across 57-59 Church Street. Now, it is a bustling Wetherspoons located on Church Street not far from Byron Shopping Centre, the harbour and the seaside.

Why you should visit this Wetherspoons pub in Seaham

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 Seaham is located is perfect for any kind of day out or night out inn Seaham. If you are out for the day out on the seaside, it is literally a nine-minutes’ walk to the Seaham Harbour Marina- one of the most touristy hotspots in the area. It is very close to the shops including Byron Place Shopping Centre which is less than five minutes on foot down the end of Church Street. All the other shops, cafes and other places to eat and drink along the North Terrace are also a five-minute’s walk away. It is surrounded by Asda, Aldi and Lidl supermarkets and there is also a Costa Coffee right by the end of the Church Street.

This Wetherspoons is conveniently near to pretty much everything else you can do when you’re out for the day at Seaham. This makes it a decent place to call in for a quick coffee of pint while you’re out shopping or just after a long walk on the coast. It is worth going for a walk at Nose’s Point or Blast Beach followed by a pint and pub grub at The Hat & Feathers. If you’re out with the family and children at the beach, it is easy to just walk over to this Wetherspoons for a meal out.

Food

You know what you’re getting when you visit this pub in Seaham, 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 famous Wetherspoons chips! 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.

Drink

They offer refillable hot drinks, you just pay once at the bar to get a cup and refill it as many times as you like with any hot drink. They have a hot drink machine that 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 Hat & Feathers often serves beers made locally to Seaham area. All the other alcoholic drinks include a fridge fully-stocked with craft beers from around the world, wines, cocktail mixers and premixed cocktails. There are plenty on draught including the usual lagers, including Leffe and Shipyard Ale. They often have deals on special drinks such as gins and cocktails. You can also buy a pitcher to really get the night going in full swing!

They also have a massive selection of non-alcoholic drinks including all the soft drinks served on a post-mix or by bottles. Drinks include Pepsi Maxx along with lemonade and soda water. You can get slim-line tonic as well as ordinary tonic and tonics of different flavours including elderflower. There is now also a chilled water dispenser with small glasses for people to help themselves to glasses of still water to stay hydrated.

To see the full menu click here.

Atmosphere

It is a cool and fancy vibe in this Wetherspoons in Seaham. There is soft ambient lighting which especially sets a cosy mood on an evening. The colour scheme is not too vibrant but there is a lot of interesting décor to catch the eye. It is worth coming on an evening on a weekend if you’re looking to kickstart 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 Seaham has a lot of points of accessibility which is why we definitely recommend it for people with physical disabilities and learning difficulties and autistic people.

Wheelchair access

The entrance to the pub is wide with heavy double doors made with glass. 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 there are a couple of steps to get to the bar area which is all slightly raised higher up. Wheelchairs can still get to this area via a small ramp with a handrail which is directly ahead from the main entrance inside the low-ceiling area.

Toilet facilities

There are disabled toilets downstairs towards the back of the low-ceiling 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 Hat & Feathers in Seaham has a very good selection and variety of meals of varying portion sizes and nutritional value. The menu also mentions the calories in each meal and the drinks too. All Wetherspoons menus have a deli section, their well-known pizzas, burgers, curries and steak meals. What makes Wetherspoons really popular is their awesome deals including meals that include a drink as well as their reduced offers on certain drinks and cocktails periodically. All meals on the menu also provide information on vegan/vegetarian friendly food and allergens. As well as the food, the bar is also stocked with drinks suitable for people who drink and don’t drink alcohol- including low-alcohol beers, gins and ciders which all taste the same as their ordinary 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 out on the high street. This is perfect during the summer time as it is directly under the sun and it is also convenient for people who prefer space if it gets busy and claustrophobic inside. It can also be quieter outside too for people with sensory needs.

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 room. 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.

Table service

As with all Wetherspoons, The Hat & Feather in Seaham is all table service and people have the choice to order at the bar or order using the Wetherspoons app on their phone. Using the app is more 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. 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. 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. People can also help themselves to condiments in separate locations in the pub including salt, pepper and sauces.

Child-friendly

This Wetherspoons in Seaham is also child- and family-friendly. This is because it serves food of appropriate portion sizes for children and babies and the bar also served child-friendly drinks including soft drinks (Pepsi Maxx, lemonade etc,) and water as well as orange juice and fruit juice. 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.

Atmosphere

The atmosphere at this Wetherspoons in Seaham varies depending on the time of day. The busiest time everyday is around 11am-12pm as lots of people come here for their lunch or late breakfast around this area. The busiest evenings are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays- especially Saturdays as this is when a lot of people will come for a night out. The building is very large and spacious so the noise levels aren’t ever too bad due to the acoustics. There is no music playing at all and it never gets too rowdy. When it is busy it can get the noisiest when large groups of people are out drinking. Occasionally, you might here 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 Green Street Car Park which is just a two-minute’s walk from Wetherspoons. This car park is ideal for parking if you’re visiting the shops at Byron Place too. Other parking around Seaham includes the car park opposite Aldi where there are charging stations for electric vehicles. You can use Aldi car park free of charge but there is a maximum stay of 2 hours. A lot of places in Seaham have recently started charging parking fees.

Public transport

There are plenty of bus stops where you can catch a bus to and from Durham, Sunderland, Gateshead and Newcastle. The nearest bus stop from Wetherspoons is at the Interchange and it is a 3-minute’s walk. There is also the train station which is within walking distance via a wide straight footpath cutting directly from the station to where Aldi is and it is a 13-minute’s walk. Trains can be caught here from Sunderland and as far as Newcastle or Peterlee and as far south as Middlesborough.

Conclusion

We hope that you have found this listing helpful in your search for disability-accessible pubs and restaurants in County Durham and Seaham. This Wetherspoons in Seaham is also near to other venues we’ve recommended including Hidden on The Harbour.

For other accessible Wetherspoons in the Northeast, we have recommended:

Q Are dogs allowed in this pub?

No dogs are not allowed in Wetherspoons pubs but guide dogs are allowed

Q Do they do pub quizzes at this Spoons?

Yes, there is a pub quiz on at The Hat & Feathers every Wednesday night at 8pm

Q Does this Spoons have any music playing?

No, most Wetherspoons don't have music playing in their venues

Q Are there TV screens playing live sports?

They have a big screen put up for World Cup matches but there are no permanent TV screens in this Wetherspoons.

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