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Small enough to wander around in a day
none I can think of
In a nutshell
pleasant place,could do with more big shops.
The Picture House is Stafford's outpost of the Wetherspoons empire. For those unfamiliar with Wetherspoons (surely only foreigners), it is a Britain-wide chain that specialises in taking large imposing buildings which are no longer used for their original purpose and converting them into large imposing pubs. Specialities include banks, cinemas and churches.
Whilst I would normally rail against the expansion of chain-capitalism crushing local enterprise underfoot, I find it hard to make a case against Wetherspoons. They do what they do very well. The pubs are all different, they sell a wide range of drinks at keen prices. A typical bar may have 10-15 beers on tap, including real ales and local beers (and ciders). They stock interesting foreign beers. They have a wide ranging food menu including vegetarian choices; not haute cuisine, but a reasonable standard and value for money. In short, they generally blow your standard high street boozer or overpriced 'style' bar out of the water, with change for the taxi home.
In Stafford, they have converted an old cinema, retaining (or remodelling) a lot of existing features, and decked it out in movie memorabilia. I had a couple of half of real ale (a lot of their pubs are Cask Marque, the real ale quality scheme), and even mid-afternoon, it was busy. At night they tend to become big drinking barns, and given the more 'straight-through' layout of this one, possibly a bit more barn-like than some Wetherspoons. Another thing - Wetherspoons don't have music, and though they have recently fitted TV screens, the sound is (so far) never on. Which at night can often mean they are paradoxically almost deafening with the hubbub of voices.
Despite this being an ex-cinema, Stafford still has one - a four-screen Odeon about a minute away.
Dress Code: Pretty much anything, though normally no baseball caps, or work clothes in the evening.
Updated Nov 16, 2006
Your well dressed and charming models will pose for you in various locations in Stafford....
Please note the tasteful accessories and the borrowing of someone's dog to bring you that perfect catalogue shot.....
Written Jun 13, 2007