"The "free WiFi" in Wetherspoon's is very hit & miss. In December 2008 The Cloud told me:
"Please be advised that access at JDW is provided thru IT Box's by a company called Inspired who are responsible for maintaining the router in their machines and the lines.
We are aware of the current challenges and are working with Inspired and JDW towards stable wireless access."
Unfortunately it is still hit & miss. Even worse, in some pubs you get taken to the wrong log-in screen. I have the correct URL as a Bookmark on my Eee PC so I can still get on-line in pubs where that happens but it isn't good news.
McDonald's WiFi is also provided by The Cloud but is much more stable but JDW burgers are far better quality. Ho hum..."