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*UPDATED* Not so good anymore!
Member Name: Belfastgirl
Date: 13/02/01, updated on 21/05/01 (53 review reads)
Advantages: ummm it's in the university area....
Disadvantages: staff attitude, food nowhere near the standard it used to be
When I joined Dooyoo, this was the first op that I wrote about how I'd viewed Bishops in previous years...
Bishops on Shaftesbury square is really good at any time of the day, from breakfast, to that "I've been out in Belfast tonight, its late, I'm starving - and I don't like the look of that dodgy chip van on the Malone Road" occassion... though I must say, it's not as good as it used to be. Recently it has been renovated, and their prices have increased somewhat. Considering that they are in the "student" area of Belfast, many feel that their prices are too high. Saying that, the burgers are always gorgeous... and their selection of fish is great, for a chippy. It's a lovely place, and the staff are always very friendly. Kids are very welcome in Bishops, which makes is a very "family" orientated place.
That was a few months ago, since then I have visited Bishops and have not been at all happy with their food or their service.
For starters, the staff - once upon a time you could have walked in there, the tables would be nice and clean to be greeted by a happy smiling face - particularly from one lovely lady. Now, it's a lot different, 3 times (out of three) we have had to request that our table be wiped clean before we eat there, flick a few chips off the seat before you sit down, and have a pouting 17 year old mutter "what would you like?" as she gives my boyfriend the eye.
Needless to say, I was non too amused...
Then we looked at the menu.
Now, while we were first year students we might as well have lived in Bishops - so we pretty much knew the price of everything in the place. Imagine our disgust to find that the prices had increased massively, all on lovely new printed menu cards. (Most likely what the extra money was paying for)
Still, I thought, "If the food
's as good as I remember..." and ordered a burger and chips (call me exotic if you like).
Back in the old days (oh I'm making myself sound old now), you would have got a really decent sized burger - bigger than a Burger King Whopper, one that peeked out of the edge of the burger bun. When I got it recently, I almost had to get a magnifying glass out to find the burger! (well when compared to the old style).
The chips used to be lovely, golden mmm... making my mouth water just thinking about them... now they are pale, look under cooked and have black bits in them. This resulted in me leaving half of my meal on the plate, and silently contemplating nipping next door to McDonalds.
When I think back to when you used to have to queue to get a seat and to pay your bill, and the quality of food that used to be served, I'm very disapointed. I am giving this 3 stars, and that's only because of what it was, and acknowledging that it has potential, somewhere along the line the customer has been forgotten, and that could be the downfall of any customer orientated business.
I would not recommend it as a first option if you are in the area. If you are, head on around the corner to Botanic Avenue, where you will find many places that serve different meals according to your taste, or nip up the road to Villa Italia, where you still have to queue to get in, and the food is absolutely superb.