J D Wetherspoon PLC operates pubs and restaurants across the United Kingdom and Ireland. The first Wetherspoon pub opened its doors to revelers in 1979 and was run solely by Tim Martin, founder of the company. In the first month of the pub’s operation, Tim Martin named the business Martin’s Free House. The company expanded fast in the early 1990s after the introduction of annual beer festivals. Although the first Wetherspoon pub was located in London, the company moved to Watford, where the headquarters are located today.
Wetherspoon provides its customers with food and drinks. Notable hotels under the company’s management include The Unicorn, George Hotel, Ripon, and the Shrewsbury Hotel. Besides food and drinks, Wetherspoon offers free Wi-Fi to customers in its hotels. Since 1994, the company runs a staff training center for its employees. The company trades on the London Stock Exchange under JDW as the ticker symbol as well as the Deutsche Bourse under 0QW as the ticker symbol.