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Lunch at Guildford YMCA

May 31, 2013
pork chop, chips, peas and parsnips

pork chop, chips, peas and parsnips

Lunch at the YMCA is very variable. It can be quite good, and can be pretty awful.

I was on my way to lunch at the Guildford Institute. I looked in the YMCA in case a friend was there. She wasn’t, but I decided to stay and have lunch.

I had a pork chop covered in sauce, with chips, peas and parsnips.

Nothing wrong with the pork chop. I did not though really enjoy it because my mind was on a salad at the Guildford Institute. My main reason for not going, was last week there was nothing left.

I had a yoghurt from a Sussex farm, Turner’s Dairies. It was not very good, and no better than mass produced factory yoghurt.

I decided to pop up to the Guildford Institute and have a sweet and a tea. The lady who usually does the food on a Friday was not there. I was pleased I did not eat there as what was on offer was not very appetising.

I had a tea and a flapjack. Neither was very good.

I made a mistake. I should have had lunch in the Thai restaurant in Jeffries Passage.

There was though an interesting art exhibition, Local Light, which is worth a look at.

I popped in the Guildford Institute Library. Due to the building work taking place (which is wrecking the building), the library is not open until September.

Lunch at the YMCA

August 24, 2012
gammon steak and chips

gammon steak and chips

YMCA Guildford is not a venue where one would normally think of eating and it is not somewhere I would usually eat as the food is not very good, but occasionally they do manage something that is edible.

Today I was going to eat at either the Thai Restaurant in Jeffries Passage or The Keystone behind St Nicolas Church, but as I was walking along the River Wey it started to rain.

Gammon steak is one of their better offerings, and so YMCA it was.

It was gammon steak with egg. I did not want egg. I asked for pineapple. The answer was no.

The gammon was reasonable, and it would have been quite good if straight off the hot plate, not left sitting keeping warm.

The gammon was the highlight, it then went downhill.

The chips were long past their sell-by date and had probably been sitting there for some time.

Same applied to the peas and parsnips.

The peas were tinned peas. Surely they could have served fresh peas?

The water from a jug was lukewarm and not fresh from a tap.

This was typical industrial canteen food. And yet no excuse for not doing better.

Fresh ingredients, freshly prepared, my gammon and chips had the potential to be an excellent meal.

It is not a staffing or a cost issue, it is because no one cares.

For this operation, they were massively overstaffed, had I gone to The Keystone, a couple of people up in the kitchen, a couple serving behind the bar. Everything freshly prepared and cooked.

For the YMCA this would lead to far less waste. I would not have minded waiting for my gammon steak to be freshly cooked.

Absolutely no excuse for no pineapple, no fresh peas. Today market day in Guildford. In North Street fresh pineapples, fresh peas on sale.

The cakes I would not touch, They looked like factory cakes.

I know they can do better as once I went to a formal dinner at the YMCA where Canon Andrew White was guest of honour. The food was excellent.

The restaurant has a view of the river. Not a particularly pleasant view, all concrete.