British pub chain

J D Wetherspoon plc (branded variously as Wetherspoon or Wetherspoons, and colloquially known as Spoons) is a pub company in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The company was founded in 1979 by Tim Martin. It is based in Watford. It operates the sub-brand of Lloyds No.1 bars, and 56 Wetherspoon hotels.[3] Wetherspoon is known for converting unconventional buildings, such as former cinemas and banks, into pubs. The company is publicly listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.[4]

J D Wetherspoon plc
FormerlyJ.D. Wetherspoon Organisation Limited (1983–1992)[1]
Company typePublic limited company
Founded9 December 1979; 44 years ago (1979-12-09)
FounderTim Martin
HeadquartersWatford, England
Key people
Tim Martin (Chairman)
John Hutson (CEO)
ProductsPublic houses and hotels
RevenueIncrease £1,925.0 million (2023)[2]
Increase £107.1 million (2023)[2]
Increase £59.6 million (2023)[2]
Number of employees
42,208 (2023)[2]

It started non-smoking areas in its pubs before the law made smoking in pubs illegal.[5]


  1. "J D WETHERSPOON PLC overview - Find and update company information - GOV.UK". Companies House. 1983-03-25. Retrieved 2024-01-22.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Annual Report 2023" (PDF). J D Wetherspoon. Retrieved 13 February 2024.
  3. "Search Here To Find Your Local Pub | All Pubs". J D Wetherspoon. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  4. Martin, Tim (14 September 2012). "Good News Britain: We're putting the 'pub' in 'public'". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 12 January 2022.
  5. "Wetherspoon pubs ban smoking". 2005-01-24. Retrieved 2024-04-01.