We are reasonably regular visitors here and decided to treat ourselves before visiting St Georges Hall.
We arrived at 5.30pm. I think this may have been where we made our mistake! Upon arrival the selection was not good for vegetarians. To add to this, the items weren't as well labelled as they usually are and so the vegetarian in our party was unsure about most of the items that were available as a starter.
Thankfully the main courses had a better selection. We also noticed this time that you can have a small stir fry made for you, with ingredients of your choosing. I have never noticed this before. However I also noticed that when people were wanting to have their stir fry cooked, there was nobody on the counter and they were having to search for staff. In fact this seemed to be the theme of the night. We went to the bar to order our drinks, as it was easier than trying to attract the attention of a member of staff.
We noticed that at around 6.30 a better selection of food started to come out of the kitchen. One of us realised that it was a different price from 6pm and assumed it was related to this. But, as you might have guessed, we were charged the higher price even though the freshly made dishes did not start coming out until we had finished. We never expected the cheaper price but if they are going to change the price at 6pm then it is not unreasonable to expect better choice in exchange for that higher price at the relevant time of 6pm rather than half an hour later.
It was still good value, and will always be good value if you have a long time to linger over your food as you can pace yourself and have little plates of food as often as you want. For my husband, who has about 12 plates of food each time we go here, it's excellent value. The drinks are always expensive and this time, the staff seemed to be away with the fairies!
However don't forget to ask for your student/OAP discount when you walk in, this will save you £1!! I am pleased to report that none of us were ill afterwards, and none of us had any complaints about poor hygiene or undercooked food.
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