Food & Beverage 2019

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  1. DistortAMG

    DistortAMG TowersStreet Member

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    Here is lunch for one of the inmates at H.M.P Oakwood in Wolverhampton. While still questionable. This genuinely looks more appetizing than what that picture from the RCR shows. I kid you not, prisoners are being served better food than what is being served at Britons leading theme parks...

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    This was from an article inside the prison by The Guardian
     
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  2. Doublethink

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    Meanwhile here is a (delicious from my personal experience) £4.50 "snack" from flame tree bbq at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

    Honestly there was enough meat hidden under that plastic cheese to feed me for the whole day [​IMG]
     
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  3. RoyJess

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    Either half of the meal was lost during the loop the loop section or that they are just trying to shift the remaining unclaimed Star Gazing Pods breakfast for the day o_O
     
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    The sausages used in the hotels for breakfasts are revolting.

    Think chip shop, but ten times worse. And less meat content. And only just cooked.
     
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  5. AGL

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    They’re pushing the dirty fries hard at Chessington. Not tried them, but look as though they’d be a decent addition to AT.
     
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  6. DistortAMG

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    I assume these are the fries that have fell on the floor and are then swept up with all the dirt and grime at the end of the day, reheated, whacked on a plate and sold at a premium as Merlin do not like to waste money? (takes a breath)

    I digress.....yes I would also like these, I LOVE dirty fries.
     
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  7. AstroDan

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    I've had dirty plates and cutlery at RCR too.

    Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk
     
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  8. Poopoohead

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    I just don’t get how it’s so hit and miss. Last year we had a lovely meal in there when they offered the vegan wicker man stack, the whole experience was great. And then not so long after we had an experience where I flat out refused to pay for 2 of the 3 meals it was that bad, I wasn’t the only person not paying either
     
    Posted 7th Jun 2019
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  9. MattyH

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    On my one visit to Towers this year I purchased a Donner Baguette from Eastern Express in Dark Forest, the baguette was bulging with meat and the sauce was great.
     
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    Almost as if they're not owned by Merlin :tearsofjoy:
     
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  12. DistortAMG

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    Sawcie saucé.
     
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  13. Kraken27

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    It's sad, but true. If you want decent food at Towers you have to go to a non-Merlin run unit (of which there is only one, Eastern Express). All the other food both on-park & in the hotels is "dive for the cheapest supplier / poor quality / sell at a huge mark-up" Merlin fare.

    Merlin should look at the food offer in places like Phantasia Land & Europa Park. Quality food, appropriately themed to the area of the park the outlet is located in. Cooked fresh to order - often in front of you at some of the quick service units. They could also look at restaurants like Mythos in Islands of Adventure - that is seriously good theme park dining and not ridiculously priced either.

    The worst theme park meal I've had outside of Merlin was at the Rainforest Cafe at Animal Kingdom. The food was just awful, greasy, bland & was sent back. The manager removed all the food from the bill so we only had to pay for 2 diet cokes. Bet you won't find Merlin Managers removing food from the bill without a good argument.

    As an aside, you do not have to pay for food in a restaurant if you are not satisfied. You have to pay what you think is reasonable for what you had and leave your name and address (& possibly prove this, e.g. photo driving licence) and state why you are with-holding payment. It then becomes a civil matter between you & the restaurant.
     
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  14. AT86

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    Remember articles like this? I wonder how long this poor guy actually supplied the Crooked Spoon for before they sacked him off and got the cheaper frozen stuff from Brakes?

     
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    Pretty sure that was all marketing rubbish from the off, like every other article that comes out of towers and Merlin.

    Disappointing thing now with crooked spoon is thst it runs the same menu as the chessie hotel. Basically just copy and paste. So gone is anything actually unique. Now replaced by generic meals probably created at head office.
     
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  16. Poopoohead

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    Isn’t the food generally the same across all keeling resorts?

    We would often pop in to the hotels for a meal after the park even if we weren’t staying, now we either go to the Alton bridge (excellent and much cheaper!) or F&B in uttox on the way home, also better and much cheaper! Shows how bad the offering really is when F&Bs is way better
     
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  17. Kraken27

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    That press release quoted needs a little translation...

    Simon Jones, head chef at The Crooked Spoon said: “We want to make everything about The Enchanted Village completely captivating and that commitment extends to the produce we plan to use in the Crooked Spoon kitchens. We guarantee that our guests will never see a Wetherspoon meal in the same light again after they have sampled our cooking. Myself & my team are expert in the use of microwaves to reheat pre-cooked food bought in from the cheapest supplier we could find. The difference is we charge at least double what Wetherspoon do, but deliver a fantastical inferior product with Merlin Magic sprinkled all over it. As part of our commitment to support local businesses, we have signed up the Alton Sawmill as the provider of our breakfast sausages - these contain 0.00% meat and are suitable for our vegetarian guests.

    Mr Varney & the Merlin Board were very impressed with our menu when they visited. As they wished to check out what the competition offers our guests, they stopped at The Water Bridge (Table Table restaurant) in Uttoxeter on the way here so were full. They did like the heavily photo-shopped pictures on our menu and said the dishes look very appealing."
     
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    The Crooked Spoon, Zafari Restaurant and Fin's Bar & Grill all now run the same menu.

    It's all in the name of profits. Creativity doesn't really matter.
     
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  19. Kraken27

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    Yep. Just looked at the Crooked Spoon menu - as I thought, all about double the prices Wetherspoon charge for similar dishes.
     
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  20. AstroDan

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    I don't think anybody is expecting Alton Towers to charge Wetherspoon prices, to be fair?

    I actually don't mind the prices too much. It's the fact that the creativity is so poor.
     
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