Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant Reviews

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Fed up with celebrity chefs drizzling sauces over undercooked pieces of meat? I am!

I regularly dine out and am happy to share my restaurant experiences, and views on food, with you.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Carveries

Carveries

Myself and a couple of friends were scouring London last night, looking for a carvery in which to stuff our faces.

It seems that they are hard to find, and those that do exist shut their doors very early. One that we visited, closed at 7:00PM and another at 8:00PM

Why?

Simple, the hotels in which these once great institutions are housed want to force their customers to eat in their other more expensive restaurants. All they succeeded in doing, was losing our custom.

Bring back the traditional carvery, that's what I say.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

The Surrey Cricketers

The Surrey Cricketers
23 West Street
Croydon
Surrey
CR0 1DJ

Phone- 0208 288 1781

We held my father's post funeral drink and buffet in the Surrey Cricketers yesterday. I was more than pleased with the catering and ambiance.

The pub is one of the few traditional pubs that you can still find in central Croydon, the walls and ceilings are adorned with nick nacks and memorabilia.

It is "V" shaped, and has a games area in one part and a very cosy comfortable lounge area (with leather sofas and a fire) in the "V" part.

There is not a hint of "theming" as practiced by other establishments. The atmosphere of the pub is cosy and inviting.

The landlady, Debbie Brooks, prepared a magnificent buffet for the funeral party which included; sausage rolls, Cumberland sausages, ham sandwiches, smoked salmon sandwiches, prawn sandwiches, egg sandwiches, vol au vents, pork pies, scotch eggs, a variety of quiches, chicken legs, dips, cheeses and coffee.

The food was excellent; it was good quality, freshly prepared, tasty, reasonably priced and more than generous.

I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the Surrey Cricketers for a drink, or for catering.

My thanks to Debbie for looking after us so well yesterday.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Bird Flu

Bird Flu

Britain's consumers appear to be, very sensibly, calm in the wake of the current bird flu outbreak in the UK.

Poultry sales in Britain are holding up, despite the outbreak at a farm owned by Bernard Matthews, Europe's biggest turkey producer.

Britain's leading supermarket chains, Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda and Morrison's all reported sales were bearing up well.

However, foreign consumers are not so relaxed. South Korea and Hong Kong have banned British poultry.

South Korea imported about £1.5m in poultry products from Britain last year.

Hong Kong imported 11,400 tonnes of British poultry and poultry products in the first 10 months of last year.

Ireland, Russia, Japan, South Africa and Indonesia have also banned imports of poultry or related products from the UK.

In the wake of the foot and mouth epidemic and mad cow disease of a few years ago, the countryside and farming in Britain has more than had its fair share of problems.