Wetherspoon pubs across the UK are now hosting Mexican Monday – offering a choice of Mexican food every Monday. So my Daughter was very happy when I said we should go and try it out.
I live in Henley, and the largest pub, restaurant and hotel is the Catherine Wheel, a Wetherspoons pub on the main road into Henley Town centre. A bright white building, in typical town style, I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been there either for a meal or a function.
The menu is simple, allowing enough variations to suit most people, and uses a 3 step process to build your order.
Step 1 – You can choose from a
Burrito (A soft flour tortilla, filled with brown rice, cheese, bell peppers, pinto and black beans, red onion, tomato. With tortilla chips, guacamole, salsa, sour cream chilli peppers),
Nachos (Tortilla chips topped with cheese, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, chilli peppers) or
Naked Burrito (Salad leaves, Mexican-style rice, pico de gallo, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, chilli peppers).
Step 2 – You can then fill or top your choice with one of five items:
five-bean chilli with Quorn (Vegetarian option)
chilli con carne,
BBQ pulled pork,
chicken breast strips,
shaved rib-eye steak.
Step 3 – Choose a drink, soft or alcoholic from an extensive bar range, including many speciality beers.
The prices are marked up clearly, £5.49 with a soft drink or £6.49 with an alcoholic drink. You can add some extra sides of nachos or tortilla chips if you want for a small extra charge.
The placemats for the tables consist of an overview of all the Mexican menu options. We just initialled the options we wanted so there was no confusion when they arrived.
Ordering is simple; note your table number and place your order for food and drinks at the bar, simplified further if you take your marked up placemat with you!
There is also free wi-fi in case you just have to check the web for something. There were some tables where all the adults were peering deeply into their tablets, which just so misses the point of coming to a family place to eat.
A Special BBQ pulled pork and cheese quesadilla is also on the menu consisting of a char-grilled tortilla, filled with BBQ pulled pork and cheese. It comes with Mexican-style rice, guacamole, salsa, sour cream and chilli peppers. My Daughter chose this option as she loves melted cheese. The chilli peppers were hot, but not enough to burn your tongue and ruin a meal so spot on for a family group.
I chose the traditional Burrito, with the Shaved Rib-Eye Steak filling. It comes as a tightly wrapped parcel, and once cut open reveals a densely packed rice and beef mix. The taste was amazing with the full flavours of rib-eye coming out. You could eat this with your eyes closed and be in no doubt as to the quality of the meat. Definitely one to have again.
Mexican food has always been known for its good range of beans, rice and sauces, and Wetherspoons build on this by making a Vegetarian and Vegan offering by adding a Quorn Five Been Chilli. This was chosen by my Vegan girlfriend, mixing the Quorn filling with a Naked Burrito meal.
The meal for the three of us, with extra drinks and sides came in at £22 making this a great venue for a good meal and conversation. It may not be fine dining, but it is a happy family friendly environment at a price anyone can afford. My daughter said that she had eaten here before with her other school friends, and that it was affordable for them, obviously not drinking the alcoholic options. She also said how polite and kind the staff were to them, making Wetherspoons a teenager friendly place, for those that want to do more than just hang around in a bar.
There are more than 900 Wetherspoon pubs across the UK, all serving a selection of Mexican dishes every Monday until 11pm. There’s sure to be one near you.
The meals at the vast majority of Wetherspoon pubs are priced at £5.99 (including an alcoholic drink) or £4.99 (including a soft drink).
The mini nachos are £2.49. Tortilla chips and salsa side are at just £1.49.
(There is an additional charge of £1 for the shaved rib-eye steak.)