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by blenkinsop
Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:07 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Horse and Jockey
Replies: 27
Views: 9443

Re: Horse and Jockey

Went to the Jockey for lunch on New Year's Eve, very busy and queues to find tables. Food was pricey for what was just pub grub, as was the beer. I confirm that the ketchup was so vinegary, I asked for a replacement, which was the same (supplied in huge containers from Brake Bros). We were amazed at...
by blenkinsop
Wed Oct 28, 2015 3:38 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Gorton is the new Chorlton.
Replies: 6
Views: 4092

Re: Gorton is the new Chorlton.

Gorton has been a 'deprived' area since written records have been available. The home of the Moors murderers Brady and Hindley in the early 60s, when Gorton was their hunting ground. Despite much demolition and redevelopment, Gorton still has a drab and oppressive atmosphere, with many uninsured dri...
by blenkinsop
Thu Oct 01, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: If you could afford it ?
Replies: 3
Views: 2107

Re: If you could afford it ?

This semi is for sale with an estate agent well known for flying kite type sales valuations. However, it does appear that £900k was allegedly the budget for the refurbishments / additions to this property in recent times. For that kind of money I'd be off to a detached Victorian villa in Alderley Ed...
by blenkinsop
Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:23 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Homeless Chorlton
Replies: 15
Views: 5701

The Re: Homeless Chorlton

There's been a guy hanging around Morrisons on and off for a few years, his iPhone started ringing while he was hassling my youngest, when she was waiting outside. He looked at his phone, then got up off the ground, and marched off to converse in private.... :D
by blenkinsop
Sat Jun 06, 2015 5:27 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Closing down... opening up
Replies: 617
Views: 154478

Re: Closing down... opening up

Has some work started on Blockbuster, or is it just damaged windows being boarded up?
by blenkinsop
Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:38 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Closing down... opening up
Replies: 617
Views: 154478

Re: Closing down... opening up

If there was no value to the Simon Dunn brand, concept or standards, Cocoa Tree may well survive and proper. However, the national coverage Dunn achieved (Telegraph, Daily Mail etc) when he closed his flagship shop in Wilmslow, at the same time binning all his shops - suggests his marketing skills w...
by blenkinsop
Thu Mar 19, 2015 5:03 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Closing down... opening up
Replies: 617
Views: 154478

Re: Closing down... opening up

You may be proved right Oz, but I hope it survives - otherwise Chorlton will be breaking records for 'Charity' shop openings (large one has appeared in the precinct). No rates payable, but Charity Chief Execs can rake in up to £300k in salary packages.
by blenkinsop
Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:58 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Closing down... opening up
Replies: 617
Views: 154478

Re: Closing down... opening up

Simon Dunn has sold up all his shops to independent operators.
by blenkinsop
Sat Mar 07, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Building query...
Replies: 7
Views: 3174

Re: Building query...

I think that was a garage. Other pubs that have closed in recent times, the Seymour Hotel (now a large block of flats), the Throstles Nest on Seymour Grove (being redeveloped now), Alexandra Hotel Moss Side (block of flats). The 1st floor Portuguese restaurant that used to be Meza Luna, was a rough ...
by blenkinsop
Sat Feb 14, 2015 8:35 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Anyone else tried Chorlton's new wine bar yet?
Replies: 46
Views: 11749

Re: Anyone else tried Chorlton's new wine bar yet?

Munchkin The pub in Chorlton to which you refer, will be losing it's arse, as will the one advertised for sale in Manchester. See below, an interesting article about Wetherspoon recent performance, and how much tax they pay etc. http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/national/123259-j-d-wetherspoon-toa...
by blenkinsop
Sat Feb 14, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Anyone else tried Chorlton's new wine bar yet?
Replies: 46
Views: 11749

Re: Anyone else tried Chorlton's new wine bar yet?

stephennewton wrote:Wetherspoons have 886 pubs and turnover £1,280.9m so the average pub turns over £27,802 a week. The Sedge is one of their smaller pubs.


Wrong again. In July 2014 Wetherspoons had 927 pubs, and annual turnover of £1.41bn.
by blenkinsop
Thu Feb 12, 2015 5:33 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Anyone else tried Chorlton's new wine bar yet?
Replies: 46
Views: 11749

Re: Anyone else tried Chorlton's new wine bar yet?

I seem to have hit a nerve here. Stephen consistently misrepresents / misunderstands the issues under discussion, drawing inane conclusions, which invariably reflect his fears and prejudices. The Sedge is not one of Wetherspoons smaller pubs, if turnover is the criteria. From the healthy food perspe...
by blenkinsop
Thu Feb 12, 2015 4:01 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Anyone else tried Chorlton's new wine bar yet?
Replies: 46
Views: 11749

Re: Anyone else tried Chorlton's new wine bar yet?

Make your mind up Ollie, in your original post you stated that the main suppliers to Wetherspoons were one of your customers, implying that was your source of info on Wetherspoons operating methods. Now you are saying it's your 'own first hand experience'. Fantasy Island I suggest, you're making it ...
by blenkinsop
Thu Feb 12, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Anyone else tried Chorlton's new wine bar yet?
Replies: 46
Views: 11749

Re: Anyone else tried Chorlton's new wine bar yet?

Tut Tut Stephen, porkies are slipping in to your posts again. Nobody has suggested that Wetherspoons outsells McDs or KFC, apart from yourself. Poseurs that on the one hand criticise a downmarket but successful pub business, then buy bread rolls from Aldi (rather than spending money at Pret a Manger...
by blenkinsop
Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Anyone else tried Chorlton's new wine bar yet?
Replies: 46
Views: 11749

Re: Anyone else tried Chorlton's new wine bar yet?

Ollie's comment reminds me of standing behind someone in Little Chef who was asking why eggs were off the menu, but omelettes were not. The answer was that the omelettes arrive ready made and frozen. The cooks are not required to be so skilled they can make an omelette from scratch. There's always ...

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