Two River’s, Chepstow
When you’re out and about on business it isn’t always easy to find somewhere convenient to stop and eat and where you can still work if you want to, which is what this blog is all about – Identifying pubs, cafés and restaurants all across the UK where you can get good service and value and still use your laptop or ipad, be able to plug it in and charge it if you need to and have full access to free Wi-Fi.
In our opinion, places that don’t offer free Wi-Fi, even if it is only for a restricted time to stop people taking advantage by buying one coffee for example and sitting in a Costa all day, will ultimately struggle as more and more people work remotely and expect full access to the internet at all times.
Founded in 1890 in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands by brewer John Marston, Marston’s was for a long time known as Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries Plc until it was rebranded in 2007 and has now grown to have a chain of over 2,000 pubs in the UK and employing 13,000 people. It is also the world’s largest brewer of cask ale.
Since the rebranding Marston’s have created a very successful new format of pubs with small hotels along side which seems to work very well. Excellently designed with a contemporary but still traditional pub feel, the Two Rivers for example at Chepstow which opened last year is already proving very popular with locals and tourists as well as people staying at the Inn adjacent to it which is on the same site.
Last night on the way back from meetings in Cardiff and Newport, we popped in for a bite to eat and to finish off discussing a few things and are pleased to say the service was very friendly (this seems to be a particularly well run pub) with clean tables, good lighting, clean toilets and excellent free unlimited Wi-Fi in this very spacious pub. There is also an excellent outside terrace which was fairly busy as it was a warm night.
This particular pub is known for it’s Rotisserie Chicken which is freshly prepared and very good value at £8.75 and includes a choice of vegetables, corn-on-the-cob or coleslaw as well as chips, jacket potato, new potatoes or potato wedges. There is a choice of three hot chilli sauces as well as a”smoky and oakey BBQ” and a strong cheese sauce; the great thing being is that the sauces come on the side so you can add as little or as much as you like which was just as well with the Hot Chilli sauce as mine was particularly hot!
The bar consists of a range of Marston’s ales as well as guest ales, lagers, ciders including a very good Herefordshire one, and a good wine list.
A nice touch was the attentive table service rather than having to queue at the bar to order food, and whilst we were waiting for our main courses to arrive, being brought a bowl of complimentary nachos with salsa dip by our very friendly waitress.
Overall the staff are what make this a great venue for business or pleasure, but the simple dishes cooked and served well and excellent facilities in terms of parking and a hotel adjacent (which also includes free WI-FI when you stay) makes this a great venue and well worth a try if you’re in the area.
What we ate and drank on 6th August 2013:
2 Symond’s Herefordshire cider
2 Pinot Grigio
2 Half Rotisserie Chicken
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