I'm sorry to say that this Cleethorpes institution is losing its crown. My family and I go here regularly so feel qualified to comment. The big thing for me is its just not consistent. A good meal, a bad meal you never know what you're going to get. The fish is getting much greasier and I often come away with an unsettled stomach. One of my party often has the jumbo and whilst you can never criticise the portion sizes I am finding it more and more difficult to distinguish the jumbo from the smaller portion. I remember the days when they used to add another half a filet if the fish were not up to size.
If you actually take notice when you next visit you may realise that the seats are cramped and uncomfortable, the temperature either too hot or too cold and the decor from another era. There is no excuse for tartare sauce to be served in a plastic sachet and salads have moved on a long way since lettuce and tomato. Don't get me wrong the waitresses are great but I'm sure even they recognise that arctic roll is a thing of the past.
They do however have a new range of ice cream, I thought this might be a turning point, yet when I asked for some to accompany my fruit crumble which was delicious I have to say I was told it couldn't be done. Don't be silly I said, let me check with the kitchen I was told, it's not allowed came the reply.
But it's always been like this I hear you say, I see the same faces, time and time again in there and I'm starting to wonder if they feel the same way? Being an institution is not an excuse for complacency and tradition has its place. This is neither the place nor the reason to ignore what is going on around you.
Throw away all that has become bad and hang on to what is good or that constantly flapping front door will no longer be an irritation to those sat in its vicinity....people will stop coming in.
I'm challenging the management to stop being average as excellence is now much easier to find.
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