Advantages Brill food, brill price
Disadvantages Toilets. Ah, well, at least it's got some...
As I am sure a lot of you know, myself and some other ciaoers recently went up to ciao.Manchester, organised by Dempsey. and he wisely chose Wetherspoons for our meal. I believe that it was a brilliant choice.My first point is that the entire chain of restaurants is non - smoking, obviously not brilliant if you are a smoker, but as for me, it is nice to have a 'pubby' atmosphere without the smoke. Wetherspoons market themselves as 'The worlds first non - smoking pub', however because of that non - smoking factor, they have developed a general public view of being a restaurant, I feel. Needless to say, as soon as we got out of the restaurant, Demps was quick to get out a cigarette, having only recently started up smoking again, after stopping for ages...tut tut. But this is not a ciao meet review, but a Wetherspoons review, so I shall rapidly move on; although I am sure that I won't be able to resist a few more meet references...
My next point is the food itself. When we all went, everyone seemed to enjoy their meals, I had a five bean chilli which was nice, not particularly hot (although I am sure that my Dad would find it hot; one chilli flake and he's off...), but although it WAS surprisingly flavoursome, and I got a goodportion for my (or rather my Dad's) money, oh, which leads me on to my next point, about the price......is very cheap! Mine was only a couple of pounds, brilliant value! That makes a perfect course of that is, in the first place, cheap. But then it needs to taste nice...tick! So, two good things...but then you also, the teritarial thing is the portion siz, of which I have already mentioned, and it is these three main factors combined together that I find is the key combination when it comes to food with regards to value for money.
My fourth point is the selection. There was a choice of about 30 things, both starters and main courses, on the menu, brilliant choice, and for me, being a vegetarian, obviously the choice for vegetarians was very important to me. So, what was the choice for vegetarians? Well, it was very good, quite frankly. There was about eight different things upon the menu for us veggies, and most of those vegan...thats as well as chips etc, but I found that the five bean chilli suited me fine portionwise.And drinks? Well, there is a bar there, so plenty of selection of beers, ginger beer for me, and all of the usual pub favourites at reasonable and decent prices.
One disadvantage point is the fact that when us at ciao were there, Gina's meal came 10 minutes earlier than everyone elses and Esthers conveniently came the second we had all finished ours... I think the staff were European; when I decided that I had had one ginger beer too many and needed the toilet, I asked the waitress where it was and she didn't seem to understand me. Eventually, after lots of frantic fnger pointing and bladder grabbing, she directed me to a sign behind me that read 'Toilets'. Ah. Clue in the title.I went down the small back - ways stairwell, and it seemed that this was the part that the cleaners had forgotten about...
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