Joe Jonas offered a scathing review of Wetherspoons when he was quizzed about what he thought of the British pub chain in a new interview.
The Jonas Brothers singer, 33, shocked presenters Jimmy Theakston and Zoe Hardman when he appeared on Heart Breakfast on Tuesday morning when he revealed he had previously visited a branch of the pub.
The topic came up when Joe tried to explain what the American restaurant Waffle House is, and compared it to the famous Wetherspoons chain in the UK.
Jumping up, Theakston points out Jonas’ stellar status, quipped, “I’ll lure you in there, you never went to… (Wetherspoon).”
Jonas, who is married to British actress Sophie Turner, has insisted he’s been to Wetherspoons before during his time in the UK.
The comments come as the Jonas Brothers visited another bar in D.C., but would not confirm if it was a Witherspoon’s.
The topic came up when Joe tried to explain what an American restaurant Waffle House is when compared to the popular Wetherspoons chain in the UK
But when asked what he thought of it, Jonas responded with a soft veil and said, “Uhm, I’ve liked other places…”
He continued, “Let’s just say it wouldn’t be my first visit.
“Uhm, yeah, but you know, for us growing up when we were touring in the States, we were too young to get a pint after a show and kick it with our friends, so we’d go to the only place open late which was a brownie house.”
“They do breakfast all day and we’d just sit there talking and it just got a lot safer for us, so there are other places like that for anyone in the world.”
Jonas is clearly in the habit of spending his hard-earned cash at more sophisticated venues while he’s in London, after he was spotted hitting up a Scot’s in Mayfair this week.
The father-of-two was spotted with his wife Sophie at the fancy joint where they joined his brothers for fine dining ahead of one of their concerts in the UK.
The comments come as the Jonas Brothers visited another pub in the capital, but they haven’t confirmed if it’s a Wetherspoons pub.
Joe and his brothers Nick, 30, and Kevin, 35, got into the watering hole for a “festive pint” after discovering their New York show was sold out.
Joe begins the video by revealing that they were at the bar for a quick drink before going to the movie Chicken Shop Date with Amelia Dimoldenberg.
The boys then contemplate what drink to choose, with their friend Greg Jarbowski revealing that he would choose a pint of Guinness.
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Beefeater gin 25ml – £5.10
Bottle of Prosecco – £28.95
A glass of White House (125ml) – £3.45
Glenmorangie whiskey – £4.90
Fish and chips (including soft drinks) – 13.60
Half a charcoal grilled chicken (including a soft drink) – £14.30
Beefeater gin 25ml – £9.25
Bottle of Prosecco – £98
A glass of House White (125ml) – £12
Glenmorangie Whiskey – £10
Fish without chips (no soft drink) – £26
Suffolk Roast Chicken – £32
Jimmy Theakston referred to Joe’s star status and quipped, “I’ll lure you in there, you never went to Wetherspoon.”
An indecisive Kevin admitted he wasn’t sure and asked his brothers for suggestions while Nick revealed he’d get a bigger pint of Camden Hells.
Someone said they love Neck Oil IPA (Indian Pale Ale), but Kevin remained firm in his decision to order a pint of Guinness.
“Hell is for boys!” Kevin joked.
As Joe raised the ante, he asked, “Baby Guinness anyone?” , which is a shot made of coffee liqueur and Irish cream.
Joe upped the ante and asked, “Baby Guinness anyone?” , which is a shot made of coffee liqueur and Irish cream.
Joe’s comments come after a former Wetherspoons employee who claimed to have worked in the kitchen of the popular pub brand for five years revealed which menu items they would avoid as a customer.
The man, who is unidentified but lives in Scotland, wrote a post on Reddit detailing what he claimed was the general working pattern in the kitchen and revealing nuggets of information on how to prepare food.
While he said some foods, such as the beef burger, are “freshly cooked,” he recommended other customers switch dishes such as the steak.
He also revealed the kinds of orders that would make him groan when they came on the ticket, and the ones he dreaded cooking.
When people in the thread asked him about his time in the kitchen, he revealed that he worked there while at university and enjoyed the social side of his job more than he enjoyed socializing on campus.
Posting as Itsdarkinhere11, the former employee said he never saw anything untoward in the kitchen while working there, such as unpleasantly taking revenge on rude customers by messing with their food.
Addressing food orders he dreaded receiving, the unnamed former employee said he used to roll his eyes if a large group of ten or more people placed an order.
He said, “I had a whole table of five send their food back like three times when I was transporting breakfast myself because the black pudding was ‘too crumbly’.”
When asked if he had any crazy customer stories the former employee said the bar staff may have had more amusing stories to tell as their role was more customer facing, however he claimed that a customer once took matters into his own hands when she was unhappy with her meal .
Joe begins the video by revealing that they were at the bar for a quick drink before going on a Chicken Shop Date with Amelia Dimoldenberg
“A little girl came into the kitchen absolutely steaming and yelled at a manager because her fish was cold,” he said.
Writing about meals worth eating versus less appetizing dishes, the poster claimed that the curry and pizza were “good”.
He added that the beef burger was “made from scratch” and not frozen, but was less impressed with the chicken and vegetarian/vegan burgers.
The former employee also claimed that when it came to the eggs, they were either fried on a flat grill or scrambled/microboiled. He added that hard-boiled eggs are delivered to the kitchen hard-boiled and heated to order.
“Most of the time, breakfasts are cooked to order,” said Eddie Gershon, Wetherspoons spokesperson. During some busy periods, in order to ensure that customers are served promptly, some items are pre-cooked and kept for a limited time.
“Our soft-boiled eggs are pre-boiled to ensure product quality matches the customer.”
He added that the fish on the menu is “freshly battered every day” and that the pizza and panini are made to order.
As for the curry, which is heated in the microwave in the Wetherspoons kitchen, Eddie said it’s made as “custom Wetherspoon recipes” which are then frozen and delivered to locations.
He said: A small percentage of our dishes in the quantities sold are microwaved. Most of the high volume products such as burgers and steaks are grilled and a number of other meals such as pizza and oven baked potatoes are cooked.
“The three most important Wetherspoon cooking methods are (in order): 1. Grilling (“clam”, flat grill or “grill”), 2. frying, 3. oven cooking.”