IN early 2018, UK bar chain JD Wetherspoon decided to slow down the building of their new venues in Ireland, having previously announced in 2014 that they were going to open “30 new pubs in Ireland”.
They currently have five pubs open in Ireland and in September 2018 a Wetherspoon spokesperson told the Waterford News & Star that as soon as their venue in Dublin – Keaven’s Port Hotel on Camden Street – was completed, they would be commencing their build in Waterford, on the Arundel Square/Broad Street premises that they acquired in 2015 and received planning permission for in 2016.
However, according to a March 2018 interview with the Irish Independent, Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin was quoted as saying that “five pubs have been opened to date and work is scheduled to begin on three more sites shortly – two in Dublin and one in Waterford. Another site in Carlow is a little further away from opening.”
That venue in Carlow – The Tullow Gate – is scheduled to open on Wednesday, May 1, while the second venue in Dublin – The Silver Penny – is opening on Friday, May 17. Originally, the Waterford venue was supposed to open before these two pubs.
The Waterford News & Star contacted JD Wetherspoon again to find out why there had been such a significant delay in commencing work in Waterford. According to a spokesperson in their Acquisitions and Disposals Department in the UK, they said that “Camden St, Abbey St and Carlow were all on site and as soon as the first one was finished, they would move on to Waterford”. They added that they would be “issuing programme dates in the next few weeks”.
However, based on this statement, and the fact that Carlow and Abbey Street are opening in May, (with the larger Camden Street venue opening in September), we can expect JD Wetherspoon Waterford to commence in May of this year.
JD Wetherspoon pubs are known for their cheaper food and drink options as well as the ability to order from an app, and get your food and drink delivered straight to your table.