Archive for the ‘Aldershot’ Category

Aldershot Christmas Fayre

December 16, 2017

Aldershot Christmas Fayre, a couple of fairground rides obstructing the street, Rotary Club trailer blaring out distorted music, a stage with people who could not play, a coffee stall, and the streets deserted.

The streets are always deserted in Aldershot, therefore nothing new.

No publicity for the Christmas Fayre if that was what it was.

I saw no one buy from the coffee stall, and those manning it looked bored stiff, or maybe they were merely frozen stiff.

On the stall, one whole section occupied by KeepCup. Now I have nothing against KeepCup, if it cuts down waste, 2.5 billion throwaway coffee cups every year, though it is addressing the symptom not the cause, and it makes some sense if a coffee shop is selling KeepCup and offers a substantial discount on takeaway coffee if used by regular customers, but what use a stall that will not be seen again?

In the summer there is a music festival, it too is poorly attended, lack of publicity, people who cannot play.  The Christmas Fayre, if that was what it was, more of the same.

If wish to enjoy a Christmas Market then visit Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market.

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Cappuccino at Vero

December 14, 2017

 

Yesterday late lunch at Caffe Macchiato. On leaving I check the bags of coffee. Roasted at Vero.

Hard to tell, the Ethiopian had a caramel aroma. If nothing else, indicated a light roast.

Hence cappuccino at Vero. I wished to try the Ethiopian.

I have only had a coffee a couple of times in the past, both times not good, the second time a marginal improvement, therefore at least heading in the right direction.

I would have liked to have tried the Ethiopian, but what was on offer was from Costa Rica. I could maybe have asked for the Ethiopian, but never very helpful, therefore stuck with the Costa Rican.

I asked were they now choosing a lighter roast. Sadly no intelligent response.

The bags at least give country of origin, the estate, but no roast date. Best by is meaningless. Contrast with Cupsmith, no roast date, no information, silly names.

My cappuccino not great, though an improvement on previous visits. Not helped by chocolate dumped on top. What is the point of serving single origin coffee if dunk chocolate on top, as any subtle flavours are lost?

Why do coffee shops not know, you do not dump chocolate on a cappuccino? Or if tempted at the very least ask.

I suggested why not a V60, but was met with a blank look and monosyllabic response.

Vero in addition to roasting and serving coffee, a wide selection of loose leaf tea. I counted 29 jars.

Vero potentially could  be a good coffee shop, at least heading in the right direction, but still a long way to go.

Lunch at Waroeng Windsor Indonesian street food

December 14, 2017

The shop front has been changed at local council expense, to look Victorian, only it does not.

I had looked in yesterday, no Ayam Woku. We will have tomorrow.

I look today, no Ayam Woku.

It is suggested I try Ayam Bakar Paniki, chicken with bones.

As I learn when served, what they meant was a leg of chicken. This I explained.

The leg of chicken was slightly under cooked. This too I explained, that they must cook for a little longer.

Quibbles apart, as always excellent lunch at Waroeng Windsor.

Aldershot  is infamous for its disgusting junk food, closed boarded up shops, a place of desolation, where even the Pound Shops pull out.  Waroeng Windsor is a rare exception of somewhere worth eating in Aldershot and making a trip for.

Dysfunctional Stagecoach

November 22, 2017

A bus pass is a bus pass, it is valid across the country no matter where issued, but try telling that to the bus drivers.

Today a bus driver caused great distress to an elderly lady, refusing to allow her to board a bus, claiming, falsely, that her bus pass was not valid.

The bus was in Hampshire, the bus pass issued in Bristol.

The driver claimed the bus pass had expired. This was simply not true, it was a valid bus pass.

He held up the bus for several minutes arguing with the lady, even though she had a valid bus pass.

The driver was clueless how to even use the bus pass.

If placed on the machine, it will fail, it has to be held above the machine.

The lady when asked, said she had not had a problem before using her bus pass.

But even if there was a fault with either the bus pass or machine, all the driver had to do was issue a paper ticket for the journey.

What you do not do is hold up a  bus for several minutes arguing over a fare of a  few pence.

The lady apologised to passengers for holding up the bus.

It was not for the lady to apologise, it was for the driver to apologise.

No apology from the driver.

Aldershot Christmas Market

November 18, 2017

Passing through Aldershot on my way to Farnham, a rather sad affair of a Christmas Market in Union Street.

A handful of stalls selling rubbish.  A brass band, and sheds selling junk food.

The sheds have made an appearance the last few years. Now Union Street has the appalling stench of their food for the next few months.

Does Aldershot not already have a bad enough image for its disgusting junk food outlets without taking it further down market, if that is possible?

Once again an example of the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor does not care about Aldershot.

A far superior Christmas Market in Farnham.

At  a guess, the Christmas Market was for turning on the Christmas lights, as when I passed through later, I saw the Christmas lights were on.

Why so early, why not wait until early December?

I like what they did in Winchester, instead of wasting money on a so-called celebrity, they had the local Big Issue seller turn on the Christmas lights.

The Coffee Bean Club

August 16, 2017

I noticed The Coffee Bean Club at Aldershot Station a couple of weeks ago when passing through on returning from Staycation Live in Godalming, not to be confused with the cafe at the waiting room, but only open in the morning.

Until today, I had never found opened. As my train was running a few minutes late I deiced to check it out and ordered a cappuccino.

Beans on sale, but nothing on their provenance, no roast date.

I asked where were they roasted? Did not know, did not wish to know, or with poor command of English, maybe did not understand.

They claim to be purveyors of fine coffee, meaningless, when cannot tell anything of the coffee, then take with a  pinch of salt.

Speciality coffee is defined, coffee with a Q rating higher than 80, anything below is commodity coffee.

Pleasantly laid out but tiny. If open during the day, if used quality beans, if employed a barista, could be a nice little coffee shop

The cappuccino was undrinkable. When I arrived at Alton Station I emptied it into a flower bed.

To date, nowhere in Aldershot serving quality coffee.

Aldershot Live Music Day

July 29, 2017

If putting on a music festival, either do it properly or do not bother.

Aldershot Live Music Festival must rank as one of the worst music festivals in the country.

As always no advance publicity. They erect posters in the town on the day it happens. There had not even been any information at the bandstand, one of the venues.

Two stages, in the past three.

Why not one, as they cannot find the talent for even one stage, let alone two? Use only the bandstand.

By the bandstand, a handful of people, no one playing.

In the town, a small stage, an audience of zero, literally no one, a sole female singer playing a guitar, could not play, could not sing.

I cannot comment on the acts as I did no stay, but if anything like previous years, not worth staying for.

I saw better at a  garden party a few weeks ago in Farnham and at the Godalming Food Festival.

Why no concessions? I expected to find at least something to eat and drink. Charge £50 for stall by the bandstand. Though even if free, vendors would have lost money.

What is it for, other than to give the impression the council is doing something? It cannot be to bring people into the town, as would only find out if in the town on the day. And clearly it did not bring anyone in, as the streets were deserted.  I contrast with Guildford yesterday, town centre packed as though Christmas shopping.

The council needs to terminate this farce,  as an appalling waste of public money.

If there is money available, then hand it to the West End Centre and ask them to organise a music festival.

Let us hope decent weather for next weekend, Staycation Live in Goldaming.

Flooding of Upper Union Street

July 27, 2017

All it takes is a brief heavy downpour for a stream to start  flowing down Upper Union Street.

The water flows in at the top, down the street, out the bottom, flows along the next street, where it then floods The Queen Hotel.

It is easy to see why. There are no drains.

Exactly the same problem as the flooding of Queensmead in Farnborough every time there is a heavy downpour.

Iced latte in Caffe Macchiato

July 10, 2017

Maybe third time lucky.

A couple of  weeks ago I had an iced latte in Caffe Macchiato.

The following week a variant on what I had the previous week.

This afternoon, a further variant

Two weeks ago, milk, ice cream, two shots espresso, ice, mixed in a blender, poured into a glass, add a straw.

Last week, as before, but no sugar. I was not aware before sugar had been added. The espresso at least ten minutes in  a freezer to chill.  Add to blender as before, but not the espresso. Pour into the glass, then add the espresso. This should achieve a marbled effect as the espresso is added. It did not, practice required. Then add straw.

This afternoon, ice in the glass, blend milk and ice cream in the blender, pour into glass, then add two shots of espresso, which has been chilled in freezer for at least ten minutes.

This was best to date. Improvement in taste and appearance. Practice required to perfect the marbled appearance.

 

Customer abused by Lidl duty manager

July 10, 2017

Fuck off and don’t come back. — duty manager Lidl Aldershot

Is this acceptable behaviour for staff in any store, verbal abuse of a customer?

But let us rewind a little.

The service in Lidl Aldershot is appalling, and it is getting worse.

It is not uncommon to find pallets and boxes in the middle of aisles, ideal trip hazards, and in the case of pallets, all too easy to catch ankle and receive a nasty cut.

When this has been draw to the attention of a member of staff, that a customer could trip and fall, the response was: they got eyes haven’t they.

Tough luck I guess if of poor sight or blind.

This evening, milk in the middle of the aisle, apart from the obstruction, it should be in a chiller cabinet.

The service at the tills is appalling. It usually takes longer at the till than it does to shop.

Now getting worse following the introduction of automated tills, tills that keep failing, no one manning any of the tills.

This evening one of those occasions, no one manning the tills, a queue forming for the self service tills, three members of staff holding a conversion whilst looking on and doing nothing. A member of staff when asked to man the tills, an abrupt no. Not the first time a refusal by staff to man the tills when requested to do so.

On leaving, duty manager obstructed a customer and shouted at the customer for having had the audacity to complain about the appalling service.

She then shouted at the customer, fuck off and don’t come back.

Asked to identify herself, she refused, other than saying she was the duty manager.

Then to compound her appalling behaviour, accompanied by a fat male colleague, followed the customer out of the store, down the street, shouting down the street at the customer.

Does Lidl consider this an appropriate way to treat its customers?

The duty manager was clearly lacking in any social skills, and raises questions how she was ever appointed as duty manger.

If there is an issue to raise with a  customer, approach the customer, introduce yourself, ask may I have a word. The customer under no obligation to agree.

We live in a world of social media. Any error, any poor service, abuse a customer, and it will be on social media and go viral.

If your appalling service is highlighted on social media, you do not improve your image by abusing a customer and telling them to fuck off, that merely highlights that  something is seriously wrong with your business. What you do is apologise, and attempt to improve your appalling service.

When a member of staff abuses a customer, you do not hesitate, you fire them on the spot.

When it is highlighted that something wrong with a  store and its appalling service, you do not enhance your reputation by verbally abusing a customer.

Lidl Farnham does not have this appalling level of service. Why is it deemed accepatable in Aldershot?

There is something seriously wrong with Lidl Aldershot. Is it not time Lidl sent in a hit team and sorted it out or do they not care?