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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherwood View Post
    Christmas is only a highjacking of an ancient pagan festival to celebrate the emergence from deepest winter!
    You sure , I thought it was to allow shops to sell all the shit to punters
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Not if you're Catholic. We'll legitimately be celebrating the birth of Christ

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    But not in a Beefeater, even though there was no room at the Berni Inn.
    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Lol... Surely there must be better places to eat in the whole of lovely Gloucester than in a bloody Beefeater?

    Come on man, show some imagination!



    Marco [hates such soulless chain restaurants with a passion].
    Oh Marco, you're such a food snob! What's wrong with Beefeaters anyway? I've never been in one.
    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pigmy Pony View Post
    Oh Marco, you're such a food snob! What's wrong with Beefeaters anyway? I've never been in one.
    Can't say I've ever been to a Beefeater either - but I have been to a Berni Inn.
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    I'm not a food snob, trust me. I'll happily eat in a transport cafe [and indeed have done many times], if the owners are switched on/major on great customer service, have a real passion for what they're doing, and execute it all impeccably

    What's wrong with Beefeaters? The same thing that's wrong with Brewers Fayres, Wetherspoons, Harvesters, or any other food chains of that ilk: the serving of (at best) mediocre food (which you have to pay for in advance of eating), and which is often not great value, in soulless commercial establishments, completely lacking in individuality, often populated by staff who couldn't give a damn.

    It doesn't have to be fancy, but I like eating in small, family-run restaurants (pubs or cafes), which in every sense are the complete antithesis of the above, and if we're referring to Jerry, which there must be plenty of in Gloucester!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Can't say I've ever been to a Beefeater either - but I have been to a Berni Inn.
    Berin Inns (the good ones) were class. You know what you were getting, and it was done very well, which sadly isn't the case with many of today's big restaurant chains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Berin Inns (the good ones) were class. You know what you were getting, and it was done very well, which sadly isn't the case with many of today's big restaurant chains.

    Marco.
    Don't really eat out. Always feel the fare is vastly overpriced, and can be of dubious quality and preparation cleanliness
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    Hmm, no, the Beefeater is a decent restaurant chain imo.
    Good quality food, well prepared, and usually very good service. We likes 'em.
    Far better in all ways than many a 'posh' restaurant we have been to.
    The Xmas lunch was very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    I'm not a food snob, trust me. I'll happily eat in a transport cafe [and indeed have done many times], if the owners are switched on/major on great customer service, have a real passion for what they're doing, and execute it impeccably

    What's wrong with Beefeaters? The same thing that's wrong with Brewers Fayres, Wetherspoons, Harvesters, or any other food chains of that ilk: the serving of (at best) mediocre food (which you have to pay for in advance of eating), and which is often not great value, in soulless commercial establishments, completely lacking in individuality, often populated by staff who couldn't give a damn.

    It doesn't have to be fancy, but I like eating in small, family-run restaurants (pubs or cafes), which in every sense are the complete antithesis of the above, and if we're referring to Jerry, which there must be plenty of in Gloucester!

    Marco.
    Can't say I've been in many transport cafes where the owners have a real passion for what they're doing, any more than I see the lorry drivers display a similar passion - unless you mean fitting all the food in their mouth in one go, or passing their 60mph fellow drivers at 61

    Totally agree about Brewers Fayre et al, I won't use them and would rather eat somewhere nicer every couple of months than one of those troughs every fortnight.

    However, what I can't be doing with is paying good money which I don't have a lot of, to an independent/family run establishment and find the quality of food and service to be below what I consider acceptable. As discussed before I'm not very good at complaining, and would simply not go back there. But that doesn't make the meal you've just shelled out for any better.

    Plenty of terrible family run restaurants around (Gordon Ramsey seems to find them everywhere), and plenty of good ones too. And then there are ones that seem good, but then you use them for the next family gathering and this time they're shit (this has happened more than once).
    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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