Drinks menu shake-up at Wetherspoons with Strongbow and John Smith getting axe from borough venues

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Fans of John Smiths and Strongbow should make the most of downing the drinks at their local borough Wetherspoons – as they are coming off the menu.

The budget pub chain, which has pubs in Arnold, Carlton and Mapperley is axing pints of John Smiths and Strongbow from the menu as part of a shake-up of the pub chain’s drinks options.

The company recently signed a new 20-year deal with Budweiser Brewing Group to become its largest supplier.

This means Budweiser, Stella Artois, Corona, Leffe Blonde and Bud Light, as well as Bathtub Gin, Bud Light Seltzer and Mike’s Hard Seltzer will be available at all Wetherspoons in Gedling borough,

It brings the pub chain’s partnership with Heineken to an end after 41 years.

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Strongbow and Strongbow Dark Fruits will be replaced by Stowford Press Apple and Stowford Press Mixed Berries, made by Westons Cider, from December 15.

John Smiths bitter is being replaced by Worthington’s bitter, supplied by brewer Molson Coors. 

Wetherspoon’s founder and chairman Tim Martin said: “Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I will now become our biggest supplier, with new beers Budweiser, Corona and Leffe Blonde, in addition to their existing products, Stella Artois and Bud Light – as well as a range of bottled beers.

“We are also pleased to have agreed long-term supply deals with BrewDog, Westons Cider, Carlsberg and Molson Coors.

“Wetherspoon will continue to sell a wide range of traditional ales and craft beers from regional and micro brewers at competitive prices.

“We’re very pleased to have such a brilliant group of brewers supporting our efforts.” 

The pub chain recently announced it will extend its discount on drinks for an extra three months – meaning thirsty punters can still get some beers for 99p until the end of February.

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The deal was supposed to end on Tuesday, November 30, but now customers will be able to get their drinks in for less during the festive period and new year too.


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