Posts Tagged ‘Union Street’

Vietnamese pop up kitchen Union St

September 3, 2019

From my experience to date no great fan of Vietnamese food, at least not that served in England and what I have tried in Berlin only marginally better.

Pho, a chain of fake Vietnamese street food restaurants, not only the food not good, bad service to match.

Mama’s Kitchen, a Vietnamese restaurant in Berlin, the food to say the least not very good.

For September, no ShuJu Kitchen Taiwanese pop up kitchen at Union St, I decided to try the Vietnamese.

Union St was the reason for my visit to Sheffield, or at least Monday for the Vietnamese pop up kitchen.

Oh what a disappointment. I have never been impressed with Vietnamese food, but never this bad. Noodles and tofu, both were stone cold, not even lukewarm, stone cold as though served straight from a fridge.

Myself and a fellow customer complained. We were given our money back. There was then an offer to hot it up. Plate was hot, food not even lukewarm.

But even had it been hot, it would still have been a very poor offering.

What though was reasonable, was the potato and pork soup. Not listed, and I only had because I asked what it was. And then perversely they offered to pour it over the stone cold noodle and tofu. I stopped them, obtained a take away cup, a and drank it from the cup.

Union St need to replace these guys.

I like the idea of a pop up kitchen, to try different food, to give the chefs an opportunity, but Union St need to exercise quality control.

There is also a need on the board, to at the very least list a twitter account to enable their offerings to be checked out. And for those running the pop up, to list what they will have available, or if not there.

Lorry deliveries in Aldershot

April 24, 2014
outside The Queen Hotel kegs piled high

outside The Queen Hotel kegs piled high

Thursday afternoon last week, the footpath outside The Queen Hotel in Aldershot was blocked by beer kegs, that in addition to the blocking of the public highway by A-boards, to which the local council turns a blind eye.

kegs rolled down the street

kegs rolled down the street

Kegs were being rolled down the street. At the time The Queen Hotel was full of little kids. Had one of them rushed out of the entrance without looking, and they had no reason to look, there would have been a serious accident and injury had one of these kids been mowed down by a runaway keg. There was no one positioned by the doorway to ensure no one walked out of the pub into the path of a keg.

lorry FJ61 BBX illegally parked

lorry FJ61 BBX illegally parked

A lorry was illegally parked, for how long I do not know, but probably an hour or more (I observed over half an hour).

Next lorry delivery YB62 XDG

Next lorry delivery YB62 XDG

Early this evening, a lorry delivery for Next, the driver thought it was ok to lean on his horn and leave it blaring out continuously. That is until angry local residents and passers by made it abundantly clear that it was an offence to sound a horn from a stationary vehicle and the police would be called. The lorry was trying to drive down Union Street, a pedestrianised street, the back end of the lorry was halfway across the street it had turned in from, causing a major traffic hazard.

In both cases the lorry drivers were at fault and should be fined and ideally lose their licence to drive.

Although the lorry drivers were at fault, there is a wider problem of lorry deliveries and the failure of the local council to have proper policies in place.

Union Street is a pedestrianised street, and yet late afternoon, the barriers are opened up, allowing cars and lorries through making a nuisance in a pedestrianised street.

There has to be a system in place, as is the norm in European cities, where lorries are not allowed to drive to the doorstep, they have an off-loading zone on the periphery and have to deliver by trolley to the door.

We cannot have a system where businesses are allowed to externalise their costs to the rest of society. In this case the noise and nuisance of deliveries and Union Street being smashed to pieces by lorries.

The council needs to implement a policy where the lorries can only deliver an hour before the shops open, and in the evening (but not late at night) after the shops closed. The goods transferred by trolley from lorry or van to the businesses.

Such a system works in Istanbul, there is no reason why it cannot work in Aldershot, other than the ineptitude of the local council.

Union Street, a pedestrianised street with the exception of emergency vehicles, should be closed to vehicular traffic 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The quality of life of those using and residing in the town centre should hold precedence.