NAMED after a Wearside legend, “The Worm” is something of an institution in Sunderland, for anyone who doesn’t mind their corporate pub chains.
With a wide rang of tipples and serving food from early until late, it’s a favourite with both office staff and drinkers.
For anyone watching the pennies – and that’s most of us – there’s a host of deals on drinks and food.
Various bottles are on offer at two and three for £5 and there’s daily deals, including two selected meals for £6.49, Monday steak club, Tuesday curry club and traditional Sunday roasts.
My two dining pals grabbed a burger and a beer (or soft drink) for £3.99.
The Worm welcomes early risers from 7am, with a breakfast menu and hot drinks, there’s free wi-fi and sports and news on the big screens. Anyone minding their calories will find a friend in the Wetherspoons menu, with calorie count marked next to most meals and a good range of low-fat and veggie options.
There’s burgers, sides, salads, sharing platters and all of the general food you’d expect from a pub chain, with a few twists, like my superfood salad with a salmon fillet, which packed in endame soya beans, butternut squash, green beans in a big punch of healthiness for £7.30.
Civilised suppers can choose from a selection of world beers, including award-winning Polish Tyskie and there’s also cider on draught and a range of real ales, with Old Peculiar getting the thumbs up from my fellow diners.
I’m not a fan of beer, lager, ale or anything in between, but non-pint drinkers are also catered for, with pitchers of cocktails for £12 and skinny singles – selected low-calorie spirits with a free mixer for about £2.49.
Despite the sun failing spectacularly to have his hat on, The Worm is hosting a summer cider festival until Sunday, July 29, with 16 different ciders on offer nationwide.
Like the other two Wetherspoons in Sunderland city centre, The Worm is basically a large room, with a few embellishes in the decor to remind you of its scaly namesake, and no music.
Service during the day is pleasant and efficient, but you might have to sharpen your elbows after dark.
Our food hit the spot and the surroundings were clean and tidy.
Well done The Worm.