Posts Tagged ‘lunch’

Lunch at Pimento tea rooms

September 9, 2017

Pimento tea rooms is somewhere that is excellent for afternoon tea, but not somewhere I can recommend to eat.

I had intended to eat at Bailgate Deli, but too late.  Having walked up Steep Hill, I retraced my steps to Pimento tea rooms and was in time for something to eat.

The lentil soup was reasonable, a meal in itself, but apart from the name, no resemblance to Thai.

I then had a spicy bean burger and salad. It was not good, dry.

Many years ago, I used to have bean burgers in Neal’s Yard Bakery. I have never had anything comparable. These were a mixture of beans, not something made to resemble a beef burger, which was what I was served at Pimento tea rooms.

I have eaten once beforeeaten once before at Pimento tea rooms. It was a disappointment then, and it has not improved.  Pimento tea rooms is sadly not in the same league as a good vegetarian restaurant.

Service not great, though staff pleasant. My soup arrived promptly, my second course did not, I had a long wait.

Last time I was here, only one girl who was able to cope. Today half a dozen who seemed unable to cope.

Quirky rooms, each one different. Since my last visit, they have added a room at ground level, and one at the top.

There used to be occasional live music. I saw nothing to indicate live music.

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Lunch at Park Street Eatery

January 17, 2017

Roast dinner, roast beef, tasted better than it looked, but not great.

Park Street Eatery must be the busiest restaurant in Lincoln, it was packed.

Contrast with a chain eatery in the High Street, where half price and trying to drag business in off the street.

For starters parsnip soup, and a cake for dessert (which was free).

Very reasonable prices. A little over £6, with a free dessert (special offer for January). Otherwise £6-50 for three courses.

Very hot. Failure to use the thermostat on the radiators.

Chestnuts for lunch

October 16, 2016
chestnuts

chestnuts

From a street vendor excellent chestnuts for lunch on Saturday.

Gurkha Palace

July 17, 2016
buffet lunch at Gurkha Palace

buffet lunch at Gurkha Palace

A Nepalese restaurant, Sunday buffet, food variable, best just after lunchtime peak, otherwise food is sitting there all day.

I walked in around half past two to be told I only had half an hour.

Half an hour for what?

To eat, we close at three.

Since when?

Since beginning of year.

At least explained why it was nearly empty.

But with Farnborough Airshow on, would have thought would be open all day.

I would have sat inside, by the window, but a lady who was sitting outside, asked would I tell her what the planes were, I sat outside.

She invited me to join her, but as the tables were tiny , I grabbed an empty table.

Food was ok, but nothing special. I also noted that had jacked up their prices, charging evening prices for lunchtime buffet.

Piss-poor service at J D Wetherspoon

June 27, 2016
gammon steak, mash and peas

gammon steak, mash and peas

A couple of weeks ago at The Queen Hotel in Aldershot, I had a rump steak. It was excellent.

Last week, gammon steak. It too was good. I asked did it come with anything? I was told no. I was thus annoyed to find it came with two fried eggs, as I would have chosen something else.

Today, at The Queen Hotel, I ordered gammon steak, but this time asked for something else instead of eggs. For example peas or mushrooms.

I sat and waited. From where I was sat I could see a dinner sitting by the kitchen. Why was no one bringing it to a table? Was it mine? Several minutes passed by. A man and a child sat at a nearby table. They had to clear the table. Should I go and ask? Eventually it was brought over having been stood for several minutes. Part of the gammon steak was dried up,  the meal was not hot. I guess I should have rejected it.

Whilst I was eating my dinner, no one cleared the tables, now piled with dirty dishes, empty glasses. I noticed other dinners sat by the kitchen, no one collecting.

No one asked how was my dinner.

The pub was not busy.

Service is not usually bad like this. Something going very wrong.

J D Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin needs to investigate.

Lunch at Guildford Institute

June 19, 2016
lunch at Guildford Institute

lunch at Guildford Institute

Friday I felt like lunch at Thai restaurant in Jeffries Passage, but as I ate there a few days before, I decided upon lunch at Guildford Institute.

A big mistake.

It was not good. I did not even bother with the sweet.

But worse was to come.

An hour and a half later, bad food poisoning.

I had nothing else to eat or drink, therefore can be reasonably certain what I ate at Guildford Institute was the cause.

I had had breakfast that morning but no different to any other day.

A few days before, I had a dessert at Guildford Institute. No problem.

This though is not the first occasion of food poisoning. It has happened at least two or three times before.

It used to be a different lady preparing the food on a Friday. Never once a problem.

The problem has always been, those who used to prepare the food Monday to Thursday, now Monday to Friday.

The last time this happened, I went back and asked those who had eaten when I had, had they fallen ill.

I cannot be certain, but it may have been they did.

The food is prepared outside, brought in, then heated in a microwave, some is on a hot plate.

What I had, some sort of fritter, was heated in a microwave. It was not hot, lukewarm.

Plus I had two salads, one a lentil salad, the other some form of shredded cabbage.

As this is not the first time this has happened. At least two or three times before. Environmental Health need to investigate to determine the cause.

Lunch at Thai restaurant

June 15, 2016
lunch at Thai restaurant

lunch at Thai restaurant

Yesterday afternoon in Guildford, excellent lunch at Thai restaurant in Jeffries Passage. Unfortunately the service not to match.

No crispy snacks.

Cutlery brought to my table after meal arrived.  Had to walk to the counter to pay, no one brought bill to my table.

On board outside, 10% off. When queried, told I had to have a voucher.

Usually given peppermints with bill. As I was not, I helped myself.

The owner was not there. As always when the owner not there. the service poor.

Had the owner been there, she would have automatically given me 10% off.

Lunch at Bikini Beach Bar and Restaurant

June 13, 2016
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salad

Excellent buffet lunch at Bikini Beach Bar and Restaurant.

Salad with roast chicken and pork kebab was more than sufficient for lunch.  I made the mistake of taking the maim course, then leaving most of it.  I did though find room for baklava followed  by watermelon.

Very busy, Sunday the beach packed with Cypriots.

Nice atmosphere,  by the  beach, Greek music playing in the background.

Located on the coast path, near Protaras Pier, part of Vrissaki Beach Hotel.

A trip on Napa King II, followed by lunch, would make a pleasant Sunday excursion.

Lunch at Debenhams

April 15, 2016
River Wey from Debenhams

River Wey from Debenhams

roast pork and all the trimmings

roast pork and all the trimmings

I walked from Guildford Station along the River Wey to Debenhams.

Last week Debenhams was busy, no food left. This week empty, plenty of food left.

As it was raining and as there was roast pork, I decided to stay.

The chef told me they had cooked extra pork. I asked were the vegetables hot. He said yes.

Roast pork excellent, vegetables would have  been excellent too, if not cold.

Generous portion size.

Tables dirty, piled up with dirty dishes. Place all but deserted, and yet they cannot be bothered to clear and clean the tables

Heavy rain. I stayed and had raspberry cheesecake and a pot of tea.

Pleasant view overlooking the River Wey.

All but empty, and yet three people having the entire restaurant to choose from, sit almost on top of me. Then have  a noisy conversation.

Cue to leave.

Lunch and afternoon coffee at Turn Fit Deli

February 9, 2016
cappuccino at Turn Fit Deli

cappuccino at Turn Fit Deli

Excellent lunch at Turn Fit Deli. Vegetarian, or was it vegan, Shepherd’s Pie. It sounded disgusting. It bore absolutely no resemblance to shepherd’s pie. A vegetable casserole or stew, mushrooms, maybe carrots, I do do not know what else, served with rice. It was very tasty.  I would though prefer to have served on a plate or in a bowl, not in a paper pot.

I popped back later and had a cappuccino and cookie. Cappuccino excellent, but then I expect no better from what is now the No 1 coffee spot in Guildford.

Cappuccino served in cups not paper takeaway, though no saucers.

I stayed long after closing. It had been cold all afternoon, now it was raining.

Turn Fit Deli is highly recommended for both lunch and afternoon coffee.