Paisley – The Last Post

As I was walking through Paisley yesterday, I thought I’d visit one last Good Beer Guide pub before my flight back to London. This is the JD Wetherspoon operated Last Post, which I chose as the other pubs listed appeared to be primarily sports led and I wasn’t going to risk that.

It’s a grand building that JD Wetherspoon have converted, what was formerly the main Post Office in Paisley, hence the pub name.

The upstairs in the pub, which wasn’t overly busy, just as I like it, nice and peaceful.

And the downstairs area, which was a little busier.

A half pint of Buffalo from Fire Island organic craft beer.

And the large bottle of Elvis Juice, which came with the meal.

With the meal being the chicken jalfrezi curry, which was very reasonably priced and towards the lower end of the price bands that the chain has. The food was all fine and cooked well, with everything at the appropriate temperature, so the usual value for money. Service was excellent, with a friendly team member bringing the drink and food, they offered a check back and also checked if I had enjoyed the meal. The environment was clean and comfortable, with team members visible cleaning tables down on a regular basis.

I’ve noticed that the average Wetherspoon pub seems to score around 4.1 on Google reviews (I accept that I really need to get out more….), so this one is a little more negatively reviewed than the usual. Many of the reviews are the general complaints about slow service or tables not being clean, although I didn’t experience that. The complaint:

“Went for breakfast, sold out of poached eggs but could still get eggs on a fried breakfast, so basically who ever is in the kitchen can’t poach an egg!”

I’ve seen a few times from customers who don’t realise that JD Wetherspoon just reheat pre-cooked poached eggs that are shipped straight in. Another angry customer left them 1/5 noting:

“They have my favourite poached eggs Benedict on the menu but they don’t serve it, something to do with the poached eggs being cooked off site!!??”

For a busy kitchen, I like this approach, there’s a consistency to the process and it should be impossible to get a hard poached egg, although Richard has managed a couple of times. Anyway, I’ve digressed into writing about poached eggs in Wetherspoons, which is a bit pointless as I didn’t even order that. Back to the reviews, one customer commented “I got two camping chairs stolen in the pub” which sounds an exciting story as the criminal “grabbed them and ran straight past me”.

There was a choice of five different real ales, so I can see why the pub has been listed in the Good Beer Guide, and since the interior also has some historic interest, I’m pleased that it has been listed. All rather lovely.