Six Chimneys, The

Bar, Eatery

41-43 Kirkgate
Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, WF1 1HX
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1924 239449 | map

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3.7/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Seems like every UK conurbation has one, and my home City of Wakefield is no exception. The J. D. Wetherspoon’s in Wakefield is called The Six Chimneys, named after a previous Pub that dated from 1566 and which quite literally collapsed one day.

Conveniently located near the Cathedral at the bottom of the Springs, it is on the route between the Wakefield Labour Club [a.k.a. The Red Shed] and Fernandes Brewery Tap, a path well worn by local Real Ale drinkers.

As with other Wetherspoons’ the Six Chimneys is a converted use building, unlike some of the high end grandiose Banks and Building Society’s used elsewhere in the country, the Six Chimneys was only a Poundstretcher in a former life. Several doors serve as an entrance which is helpful at busy times but can be confusing for first timers if the extra doors are locked during quieter periods.

Once inside, the long single rectangular room stretches far back & is broken up into several areas. The long Bar lies to your right and takes up half of the right hand side wall. Immediately to your left is a small well lit raised area which has several tables and is great for 'people watching' through the large front windows. On the right a couple of booths hug the wall up to the Bar and large round tables fill the carpeted entrance. As your reach the Bar, a row of parallel tables lines the middle of the room with some Fruit Machines set against the back left hand side wall. At the far end of the single room are several very comfortable couches and a more conservative laid out set up which includes Tables and Chairs arranged for eating in a Smoke free environment. Décor is Wetherspoon-ish and as with other outlets it is heavily influenced by the locale.

Beer range is very good. Three chrome-plated banks of taps that dispense all that is Keg are nicely broken up by two sets of 5-bank Angrams giving a range of up to 10 Real Ales at any one time. I visited several times over the two weeks I was back in England and the Guest Beers change frequently. During my last visit my notepad recorded that Handpump Bank #1 had 5 Regular Ales; Tetley’s Bitter, Boddingtons, Marston’s Pedigree, Marston’s Burton Bitter and Green King Abbot Ale, whilst Handpump Bank #2 had 5 rotating Guest Ales; Durham Gold, Mordue Five Bridge Bitter and three from the absolutely superb Eastwood & Saunders Brewery; First Light, CalderdAle and Fireball, the latter was extremely hoppy and very bitter. In addition to Real Ales there is also a very interesting range of bottled beers to support those on draft. A broad choice of Wines and Spirits completes the line-up.

Service was extremely proficient during my many visits. Small Taster samplers are freely offered for the Guest Beers [which I thought was a great touch] and your beer is always topped-up to ensure a “full” Pint without asking. I didn’t have to wait long either, even at busy times. The Toilets are up the stairs located opposite the Bar, and they are positively palatial in quality, the Ladies toilets are rumored to have won awards!

Food is the usual Wetherspoon-Fare, you know the Menu if you’ve been to one before and exactly what they sell, but it’s reasonably good grub given the price and the fact that you won’t have to wait long to get it attracts many lunchtime workers. They do hold regular Curry Nights at the Six Chimneys which are extremely popular, and I would recommend attending one of these if you can.

On the downside, the large single rectangular room, even though it is broken up by invisible lines into discrete areas, well it can seriously lack atmosphere at times.

Yep, it’s a Wetherspoon’s…..but it still offers a great range of Real Ales and bottled beers, all in good shape and reasonably priced and served in a smoke-free environment if you wish it. So why doesn’t it get in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for the Wakefield Area? Politics within the local Branch it seems, and I can say that freely as I was an active member of it for many years. I find it a continual shame that Wetherspoon’s sometimes get slighted for its formulaic feel...its short sighted, not all chains are inherently evil.

Worth a pit-stop – especially if you plan on visiting the Red Shed and Fernandes Brewery Tap whilst in Wakefield.

Last Visit: Friday 1st April, 2005.

Apr 07, 2005
Six Chimneys, The in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 1 ratings