Wetherspoon documentary exposed how it's able to get food out so quick
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There's no questioning Wetherspoon has cemented itself in British culture from its bargain price fry-ups to even more reasonable pint prices.
Over the years, many Brits have asked many questions surrounding the popular pub giant, from why the pints are so cheap, to the rapid time food typically comes out of the kitchen.
Well, a Channel 5 documentary, Wetherspoons: How Do They Do It?, provided some of those answers when it aired on the channel in May 2021.
If you are looking for a quick bite to eat, you can guarantee you'll be able to get in and out of Spoons for some pub grub in your hour lunch break.
To be honest, the food sometimes arrives before your drinks from the bar, which really puts into perspective how quick the food is churned out.
So how exactly does the pub chain do it?
Well, the Channel 5 doc revealed that each pub is targeted on its food times, particularly with breakfast, where food is required to be served in under ten minutes.
Former employees have also revealed in the past that individual pubs have monetary targets, like any other business would typically have.
The documentary also reveals that some of the food comes frozen and a microwave is often used to speed up cooking times when required.
Sausages, hash browns and bacon are said to come in frozen packaging.
A former kitchen manager at Wetherspoon explained how the role was like a 'military operation'.
He said: "I was a kitchen manager for three years.
"You could say it's like a military operation.
"Everybody knows what they're doing.
"They'll allocate people within the kitchen, their station, but if I was here working on mine today, we've set it up in a manner that you'd be able to cook from one side, work your way down the cook line.
"So if I can make everything without having to move too much, I'm minimising the food delivery time, which is ensuring the customers happier because the food's coming out quicker.
"They would have a computer screen up in the corner and a timer between one and 10 minutes and if it goes over 10 minutes, that ticket will turn red which means you're not hitting your target. We're always aiming for under 10 minutes.
"A lot of it comes in frozen, including the sausages, the hash browns and the bacon actually comes in pre cooked and is heated on a grill.
"Baked Beans obviously come in until it's all just warm through the microwave."
As for other Wetherspoon news, the pub chain is cutting prices for just one day next week to mark Tax Equality Day.