about us


Tim Martin set up J D Wetherspoon in 1979. Why ‘J D Wetherspoon’? Because ‘J D’ from the initials of Sheriff JD Hogg, from ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ TV series, of course, while Mr Wetherspoon was one of Tim’s teachers in New Zealand!

In addition to our Wetherspoon pubs, we also run Lloyds No.1 bars – the same great standards and value, but with music.

We also have Wetherspoon hotels – quality accommodation, at great prices.

A timeline of our success!


Tim Martin J D Wetherspoon Pubs & Hotels About UsAll about Tim...

Wetherspoon’s founder and chairman, Tim Martin, was just 24 years old when, shortly after qualifying as a barrister, he swapped the legal bar for one of his own and opened his first pub, in Muswell Hill.

During the company’s 30-year history and growth, Tim’s drive, enthusiasm and energy have ensured an adherence to strong core principles, a strong customer focus and a belief that you can never stand still. He still visits numerous pubs, looking at the smallest details, talking to customers and ensuring that the business is always seeking to move forwards.

Here at Wetherspoon we are always striving to improve.

If you have any ideas you would like to see at your local, please get in touch!

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