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Published August 4th 2012
Count the calories as you go
Wetherspoons keep the price of food extremely low to keep their competition at bay and with a lot of places, that tends to mean you can sacrifice quality just to save a few pennies.
However, a new menu with a fresh look and different options certainly switched up what was becoming a boring samey pub/restaurant. With (almost) every dish, there is a note about whether it's vegetarian, whether it includes nuts and what the calorie intake would be with that item. As a try hard dieter myself, I find the fact that the calories are on the menu incredibly useful.
The Skinny Chicken Burger with a drink costs around £4.99, depending on which drink you have. Certain drinks are covered within their burger deal, but they are irritatingly specific about which kind and what pint size is covered (I asked for a pint of Sprite and they added on 50p or so because it wasn't a half!)
When my meal arrived, under 10 minutes since I'd ordered it, I was pleasantly surprised. There were no chips (they had been automatically replaced with salad) so the temptation of over eating had gone. The burger bun fell apart very quickly which was annoying but the chicken was so juicy and not at all dry as I'd expected considering the price I had paid.
I have had unpleasant food experiences in various Wetherspoons' across the UK before, but I must admit that the Dolpin and Anchor Chichester branch maintains a clean, high quality, low cost environment.