Birthday boy swamped with bizarre orders at Wetherspoons after friend's cheeky request

Nick Matthewman was swamped with the orders (Picture: Twitter)
Nick Matthewman was swamped with the orders (Picture: Twitter)

A student celebrating his birthday has been swamped with drinks and food at a Wetherspoons pub after his friend tweeted asking strangers to ‘send him a bev’ using the chain’s app.

Nick Matthewman was celebrating his 20th birthday in the pub on 20th September.

His friend Rory McArthur, 19, decided to try and get his pal some free drinks using the app, which allows you to order food and drink to your table.

Posting a picture of his friend, Rory wrote: ‘This is Nick and it’s his birthday. We’re at the Bankers Draft spoons in Sheffield, table 67, be generous and send him a Bev on the app xxx.’

The post was retweeted more than 8,000 times, and it wasn’t long before people duly responded to Rory’s request – although the outcome probably wasn’t quite what he had in mind.

Among the items sent to the table were a plate of peas with several condiments, a non alcoholic beer, a pot of crispy onions, and eight glasses of milk, with Rory tweeting pictures of the unusual items as they arrived.

Rory, who studies History at the University of Sheffield, said: ‘Basically I thought since I’ve got a fair few twitter followers it was worth a shot trying to get some free drinks.

‘I didn’t really expect to get any but then a Becks Blue arrived. Then the milk started arriving and it kind of just went from there.

‘We ended up with eight glasses of milk, a pint of John smiths, a bottle of prosecco, two non alcoholic bottles of becks, two fruit shoots, a pot of crispy onions, a pot of barbecue sauce, a pot of blue cheese sauce, a jug of curry sauce, a plate of peas, a bowl of ice cream and a jäger bomb.

‘I couldn’t believe what happened.’

Nick is a student at the University of Sheffield (Picture: Twitter)
Nick is a student at the University of Sheffield (Picture: Twitter)

Nick, who studies chemical engineering with chemistry, was expecting a quiet afternoon drink at the pub in Sheffield, South Yorks, and had no idea what was about to happen.

Nick said: ‘I can’t believe what happened to be honest, apparently that table is still getting free drinks now.

‘The staff were all laughing about the situation and we just kept receiving drinks and food every few minutes for hours, it was mad.

‘We were getting drinks and food about every five or ten minutes. You can order from anywhere on the app which is an interesting feature but I’m not complaining.

‘We got bizarre free drinks and food out of it.’

Thankfully, it seems that the staff saw the funny side of it too, with Rory later hailing their Wetherspoons barman, known only as Steve, after he contacted them on Twitter.

‘One last moment of appreciation for the greatest spoons staff member of our time, @LeMelonHead may he go down in history xxx’, he wrote.

He also let Steve enjoy a plate of Nachos and a San Miguel beer that arrived after the group had departed.

Posting on Twitter, the official account for the Bankers Draft pub wrote: ‘Happy Birthday Nick, glad we could be of assistance!’