Becketts Bank is another Wetherspoon’s. With this chain you know what you’re going to get, and what you’re going to get isn’t bad.
The building is a very grand bank conversion on Park Row and it’s a massive space inside, with a large ground floor including a separate dining room at the back, and a mezzanine level with more seats. It definitely needs this space, though — on a Friday or Saturday night or during sporting events it is very busy indeed, which tends to put us off. But on a Sunday evening it’s quite pleasant, and one of the few places round here that’s actually open at that time.
There’s a really big projector screen that was showing the news while we were there, but is also used for sporting events. And there’s a massive neon picture of a wild boar. Does anyone know why?
The cask selection is great: 9 or 10 ales, including a lot of very interesting local guest ales, most of which we’d never seen anywhere else. The rest of the beers are OK but nothing much to speak of and the food is, as usual, varied and decent with breakfast available.
So this review probably didn’t tell you anything you didn’t already know. If you’re looking for a Wetherspoon’s, especially for the food, this is likely to be less busy and noisy than the station, but we’d probably still suggest heading up to The Cuthbert Brodrick. Unless you really like neon art.