Sorry, thought you guys had Weatherspoons over there too.
It's a chain of drinking establishments or pubs, they offer food but cheaply and make no pretences about it. They also don't have any juke boxes etc in order to encourage people to chat and interact without having to talk over background music. They are known for offering cask ales as part of their 'thing' and also the premises they take on are usually unconventional by pub standards, and very much an open plan kind of layout. It makes it very characterful and quite a nice place to meet up with folks.