I have been to the Kings Lodge buffet a couple of times and I have previously had no complaints. Being a buffet, I always leave stuffed, and fairly happy with my experience. However, my last visit was on Friday night there with my girlfriend and I have to say, this was not as enjoyable for me. There is a wide range of food which is fine but I can't help thinking they compromise quality for this. I had came in starving and ready to eat loads. I took a few battered chicken wings and some spare ribs to begin with. Not what I was hoping for! The chicken wings were completely tasteless and the spare ribs were very, very dry. I thought this might have been down to the amount of time they had sat there but even when the fresh ones came out they were just as bad. I then thought about having some soup but after taking the lid off of the container they are in and having a look I changed my mind immediately. It didn't look good at all. I then decided to load up a plate of my favourite...chicken satay on the skewers with satay sauce, which to be fair, was actually quite nice. Thank God! I wasn't going to be leaving hungry. I also tried the crispy shredded beef which is another of my favourites but after eating my first fork full, decided not to eat any more of it because I didn't fancy a trip to the dentist on Monday morning. I had another plate of this and that but I remember thinking none of it was that great. The roast duck was quite good but not enough to save the day. After having some peaches and ice-cream for dessert, I left felling quite full. The buffet price is cheap, but I would rather pay a little bit more if the food was of a higher quality. After leaving I wished we had maybe tried one of the other Chinese restaurants around the city centre - even if it meant paying a that couple of quid extra. Not a great experience this time round and I won't be rushing back anytime soon.
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