I'm from Northern Ireland, so we don't have Greggs at home. I moved to Glasgow and oh...my. It was too much to take in, I got addicted and ate so much from Greggs that I sickened myself of it and had to go cold turkey for a few weeks to ween myself back onto it.
They cater for a wide range of edible goodies, sweet and savoury. You'll walk in and immediately have favourites, mine being an iced ring donut and a sausage roll, but it's great they have so much on offer there because you can stumble in (just having a look) and end up with a carrier bag full of all sorts of baked wonder.
The sweet things they make range from the simple Yum Yum which is basically just a strip of pastry coated in a light icing (it may be simple but wow it's good) to triple chocolate donuts and toffee crunches, boasting several different textures and texts beneath their baked exteriors.
The savoury stuff is great for a lunch on the run, things like sausage rolls or a steak bake are great to eat while walking. But like I said in my title, Greggs is great for those days when you just cannot be bothered to make something yourself. Just go in, £2 gets you an iced ring donut and two sausage rolls, lunch sorted. Easy.
One issue I have is that they pester you for an order as soon as you set foot in the shop. This is understandable when it's busy around lunch or dinner time, but I'm talking about the times when it's dead. Greggs couldn't be more empty sometimes and they still chip away at my sanity with a "can I help you here? Hello? What do you want? TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT!!!"
Ok, they don't shout like that last part, but they do go on and on. Like I said before, there's quite a variety, sometimes I genuinely want to go in and just have a look at what's there.
Another thing that's annoying, they stop making things come a certain time in the day, this is obviously understandable because once they close they have to dump everything they don't sell but it means for the last hour of business they have next to nothing compared to their usual variety which is always disappointing. It's usually around 4:30pm their stock starts to dwindle to a few rolls of whatever nobody wanted that day.
One good thing though, amazing actually, is that where there's a Greggs...there's usually three more round the corner. So if one doesn't have what you want, you're probably 5 or 10 minutes away from one that does. This is also great because it means you've easy to eat food nearby nearly all the time.
They have a £3.50 spend minimum if you want to use a card so just bear that in mind, £3.50 is just too much to spend on one trip if I'm honest, I love my Greggs but I'd struggle with that.
The prices are really reasonable, an iced ring donut is 55p, a sausage roll is 60p (I think) and everything else is between that and £1 mostly. With £2 you get plenty. They also do offers like 4 sausage rolls for £2 or packs of Yum Yums and there are boxes of loads of things like shortbread and donuts so there are plenty of options and ways to save a buck.
I do love my local Greggs! I have recently been taking my lunch to work these days to save a bit of money although on the odd occassion I've treated myself to something out of Greggs for lunch or breakfast, to be honest Its the only place I like to go!
I think it is great value for money, i like the quick and efficient queuing system and all the staff at my local branch are extremely friendly.
In particular I think that the breakfast deal is GREAT value for money. You can pick up a hot filled roll (sausage/bacon) with any hot drink (tea/coffee/hot choc) for £2.00 not often you get those sort of prices these days.
I must say however that I was recently disapointed to find out that lunch time 'meal deal' for £3 has changed. For those of you who don't know you used to be able to pick up a sandwich,crisps and drink for £3 (selected lines only) although now its £3 for a drink and 'meal deal' sandwich and you do not get any crisps. I also noticed alot of the previous sandwiches that used to be in the meal deal offer are not any longer so there is less to pick from and you are getting less for your money than you did previously.
I like that Greggs have such a wide selection of lunch time food/snacks ranging from the typical filled roll/baguettesandwich to hot pizza, sausage rolls, pies and hot savoury filled pastry lattices.
Despite the above point being made about the meal deal going down in value i do not feel guilty getting the odd lunch and always have change of a fiver, will mark down 1 star for the change in their meal deal.
Greggs is a high street retailer selling a selection of baked goods. It began as a family business in Newcastle in the 1930s and soon became known for its quality goods. It began growing and increasing stores nationwide, today there is around 1,600 stores and it is the largest bakery chain in the UK.
Greggs is well known for selling freshly baked good such as sausage rolls, pasties, bread and cakes and is a popular lunch time stop for those wanting a bite to eat.
Foods for sale
Greggs for me is one of the best bakeries to buy from, its reasonably priced and sells a wide range of goods. Some of the items for sale tend to be -
Pizzas (Cheese & Tomato, Chicken, pepperoni)
Pasties (Cornish large and small)
Bakes and slices (Steak bake, Cheese & Onion slice, ham & cheese slice, fajita chicken slice and other seasonal slices are sometimes on offer)
Sandwiches (a whole variety of different types includes cheese & onion, ham & coleslaw, tandoor chicken on a wide range of breads and rolls)
Breakfast range (bacon and sausage rolls, porridge, croissants )
Pasta salad boxes
Hot and cold drinks (Coffee, hot choc, tea, Oasis, Coca Cola, juices)
cakes, biscuits, buns, doughnuts (wide range of types and flavours to get and seasonal variations)
bread, rolls to take away for home use
They also sell regional goods such pease pudding in the North East area
Greggs also has a range of goods available to cook at home from Iceland
Greggs do a lunch time meal deal offer which include selected sandwiches, drinks and snacks for £2.75 for those on a budget or some selected sandwiches are priced between £1.10 - £1.50. Savouries such as sausage rolls, pizzas and slices are between 60p - £1.30 depending on what you buy and they do often have multi buy offers on some of these goods. I have also seen offers on pages such as MoneySavingExpert for deals like free doughnuts, BOFOF on sausage rolls and other deals so its worth keeping an eye out for these.
I do love a bit of Greggs for my lunch. I haven't tried everything they sell but I've tried quite a bit of it during the years! My personal favourites include sausage rolls, cheese and onion slice, bread and butter pudding and their tandoor chicken baguettes. Its all down to personal taste on what you might buy if you go in but I have only once had an item from Greggs that I didn't like, again that was my choice the product was still ok I just didn't enjoy the taste of it but others might. Price wise its definitely affordable, I would say its easy to go in there with £2 and get 2 items for lunch and still have change. One thing I must say is the Greggs policy on regional items, in my local (Leamington) store they used to do quiche and it was the best quiche Ive ever had, then they stopped doing it, I contacted them about this and they advised that it wouldn't be stocked at Leamington anymore but was available in Coventry as its a regional thing, why not sell quiche throughout?!
I would recommend Greggs to those who want a quick bite to eat at breakfast or lunch. Its cheap but still tastes great and will fill you up! Its important to note that some stores do get very busy so I would recommend going it around 11:30am time to avoid the queues and to avoid items selling out as is the case with my local.
~All about Greggs~
Greggs the bakers was founded as a family business on Tynside in the 1930's and has now been baking for over 70 years. Today, Greggs has nearly 1,600 bakeries and plan to open up over 600 more over the next few years.
All of Greggs products are baked in small amounts daily on the premises to ensure maximum freshness and their bakers understand that precision, timing and experience are extremely important to produce the highest quality baked goods.
~ What do they sell? ~
Greggs sell a huge array of baked goods, both savoury and sweet. Starting in the morning with their breakfast rolls, French pastries and porridge right the way through 'till lunch and tea time with their pastries, pasties, bakes, pizza slices, sandwiches, pastas, salads, soups and platters! To pair with these savoury delights Greggs also offers freshly ground coffee, tea, soft drinks and snacks such as crisps and popcorn. But if you're looking for something to hit your sweet tooth, Greggs is your dream come true with their cakes, buns, muffins, doughnuts, biscuits and seasonal treats!
I have visited several Greggs over the years as they are everywhere and I always know that there will be something I like if I'm feeling peckish. Some of the bakeries have seating areas so you can eat in the bakery and some are just takeaway which is what I usually opt for anyway as the tables aren't usually clean as the staff are busy serving customers so it's up to you to put your rubbish in the bin before you leave.
The baked goods are kept in heated glass cabinets on trays so you can see what's on offer, behind these cabinets is the kitchen where you can see the ovens where the freshly baked goods are being made and cooked.
I have had mixed experiences with Greggs customer service. I have often found the people serving to be quite rude and not very friendly, especially during busier times which I guess is to be expected because they are rushed off their feet however a smile wouldn't go a miss!
I have tried more or less every product greggs has to offer at some point, all with tremendous taste! However this is often ruined for me by the product either being cold when it should be hot or it being stale or dry because it's been sat there for a while - especially with the savoury products. According to Greggs everything is supposed to fresh, however this isn't so, if you don't get there at the right time when they are putting fresh food out you will most likely get the left overs which often look very unappetising and 'grey'. Yes you can ask them to re-heat the product and will usually get grunted at and they pop it in the microwave for you, however if the products already dry then putting it in the microwave will only make it drier and tougher! However, the flavour of greggs food is always fantastic, you always that home baked feeling when you dive into your lunch and you can always taste every element of what's supposed to be there, for example in the bacon and cheese pastry wrap (my favourite savoury item!) you get a good substantial amount of all the different components not just a slither of burnt bacon and a sprinkling of cheese, and this is the same with every product - all of the slices are always packed with plenty of tender meat and the sandwiches have a good amount of filling!
Going on the sweet goods, I don't really have any complaints about these at all. They always taste as good as they look and live up their expectations. I have always found their cakes and buns to be moist and their biscuits and cookies to have that home baked crispy edge with a nice chewy centre. Again, as with the savoury bakes, Greggs don't skimp on flavour with their sweet goods, every single one has that special element that packs a flavour punch, whether it be fruit, flavoured icing, jam or cream!
One thing that grabs me with Greggs is that they have such a large variety of foods that no one is excluded, even the health conscious! With their nutritional information on show and special low fat/calorie bakes such as their skinny muffins or low fat sandwiches you don't have to feel guilty when you're out and about and need a quick snack to keep you going!
~Over all opinion ~
I never get bored of Greggs. They are constantly bringing out new bakes to delight the taste buds and I'm always one of the first to be in there to try them! The only thing that lets them down is their staff and the way they keep and serve their savoury food - cold and stale! I would certainly recommend Greggs for when you're out and about as there's always sure to be one nearby and there will always be something you fancy!
I love having a sausage roll for my lunch or a lovely pasty from Greggs, and despite trying to loose weight I do still come here now and then.
At a lot of their stores they just have counters but the one near me has actually be renovated and now they have 4 tables in their small premises. A bit of a squeeze but this makes the experience even better, I prefer bakeries with indoor seating, so it doesn't have to always be take out "on the go" food.
The staff are always very busy so there's no time for conversation. They ask you what you want, you point, and before you even finish what you're saying the food is in the bag. This happens every time at my local, but I'd expect it from such busy staff, and I get my food quicker. The staff are friendly and polite, they even say thank you, but old ladies at the front of the queue wanting a chat are out of luck, they ask what you want and try to get you moving as soon as possible.
The stores are clean and tidy, although at the ones with tables inside they don't have staff to come round and clear tables, which means clearing your rubbish away yourself, and I find it disgustingly rude when customers don't do this. Greggs are trying their best to get 5 star food hygiene ratings and people just leave litter all over the store, it ruins the efforts of the hard working staff!
Their prices are very good actually, most stuff is less than a pound which means you can get a bag of crisps and an iced bun for lunch or a jumbo sausage roll and a cookie, all with just a £2 coin. The actual value for money is good too, they don't skimp on quality or size, and the cakes are all made with care. They don't look sloppy or badly made in any of the Greggs stores i've been to.
They give you recyclable bags for your pasty's and sausage rolls but for the bigger orders they do hand out plastic bags to keep all your stuff in. I rarely get these as its usually just an iced finger and sausage roll, both in bio-degradeable or recyclable bags, so at least they care about the environment by not handing out the plastic ones willy nilly.
Overall I really enjoy coming here, their food is tasty, good value for money and now they've put tables in my local one it's an even better experience. It shouldn't be about rushing you in and out, so at least they now have the option to use it like a cafe.
Gregg's is a very popular high street bakery, you can find at least one in most towns/ cities across the entire of the united kingdom. They are well known for their fine baked goods and are normally the number one choice for most.
Personally for me Greggs is not the first choice, my reasoning for this is the very high prices, when you put it in comparison with other things in today's inflated environment it may seem cheap but it is really not. A single sausage roll will set you back around 60 pence from Greggs, at first you may think, that isn't too bad, which it isn't if you were in a cafe or some sort of seated establishment, but you're not. For an extra 40 pence you can go to Cooplands and get an extra three of them. The deals also don't say much about them, i cannot remember the correct figure but the deals are similar to, and this is without exaggeration, 60p each or 2 for £1.19. I personally find that the offers they display are a little demeaning and almost implicating that I'm an idiot and going to fork out more and save nothing.
The actual food at Greggs i have to admit is great, i don't believe that any other high street baker compares to them when it comes to the actual foods. The meat they use, whether it is higher quality or not just tastes so much better. The pastry also tastes much better, it has a much more crisp firm feel as if it has been baked to a golden brown perfection where at some other bakeries it is much softer and crumbles more easily making you feel an idiot as you tuck into your pastry and are instantly covered in crumbs.
In conclusion i would suggest Greggs to others however i would not directly recommend it to them due to it's rather unfair prices, although they taste better i do not think that they taste that much better that they deserve to charge so much more for the food than other bakeries do.
Greggs are a super little bakery shop. I am always going out and about doing bits and pieces of shopping. There are very few places that I like to go to and have lunch or get a takeaway during lunchtimish hours. On of these believe is Mcdonalds. One of the other places is Greggs. The unfortunate thing about Greggs is that you cannot sit down in there and eat. However, they have some lovely food in their Bakeries and most at reasonable prices in my view. They sell a range of rolls , baguettes and sandwiches (although I think their baguettes are a little expensive).
The foods that I usually buy in Greggs are the following;
Sausage Rolls; I love their sausage rolls. They are about 70 pence per Sausage rolls or you can buy more and get them cheaper. They are very tasty! Greggs Sausage Rolls are my sons favourite.
Steak bake; Plenty of meat and lovely thick gravy inside.
Cheese & Onion Bake; Lovely and cheesy!
Tottenham Cake; I don't know why it is called Tottenham cake; but I love it. Tottenham cake comes in a large square portion; really nicely wrapped. It is delicious moist sponge with a pink soft icing topping.
Apple Danish; Talk about fattening! But lovely. This is my partners favourite; Occasionally I will buy this for him as a treat. You get loads of apple in this pastry; its sweet with a bit too much icing, but its good.
Chocolate Muffin; This is my daughters favourite; if we go to Greggs she usually asks for this. They are huge and very chocolaty.
Greggs do plenty of other cakes and savoury snacks. They also sell cold drinks and soups. They do a good range of freshly baked bread and rolls too.
Regarding queuing; I would recommend getting there just before mid day! They don't seem to employ that many staff and I have found that there are usually only 2 people serving. However, it is worth the wait if there is a long queue!
You will find Greggs in almost all major high street shopping areas.
I am going to give Greggs the full 5 stars because I think they deserve it. If you want to know more about Greggs they do have a web site; http://www.greggs.co.uk/
I must admit that whenever i am in town i like a good greggs pasty. I live in chesterfield and in chesterfield town centre alone there is at least 5 greggs... so they are not a little company... they are huge. I was pretty surprised last week when i came stagerign out of a night club at 2 in the morning to discover that greggs was open... yea strange i no.
They sell a wide selection of food from freshly baked pasties and sausage rolls, freshly prepared sandwiches and bagettes, and a really nice selection of cream cakes and buns.
Everything is such a good price. Pasties range from about 80p to £1.20 and they are all so nice.. my favourite is definately the cheese and onion pasty.
One downfall wih greggs is that it is always busy... but that does prove that everything in there is so nice, and the staff are always friendly and helpful.
I would like to share with you my recent experiences at a Greggs store, up in Newcastle upon Tyne.
As others before me have remarked, you are never far from a Greggs up north - and nowhere is this more true than in the bakery's very own home town! You can search for a store on their website, and I counted no less than 16 in the map view of my postcode (NE2). I won't pretend this search was necessary, as I'm a pretty frequent visitor to Greggs. Their stores are conveniently located and serve a range of affordable hot and cold food, sweet and savoury, to take away. A fair number also serve very reasonably priced hot drinks. I've tried the hot chocolate, and have found it to be perfectly adequate on a chilly morning.
Yesterday I went in to the big store on Northumberland Street, the main shopping street in Newcastle, to get a sandwich at lunch time. Considering it was peak time and the store was very busy, the staff were friendly and efficient. There is a separate queue for those wishing to be served from the range of pasties and pizzas etc, which in my experience tend to vary in their warmth depending on the time of day and corresponding rate of stock turnover in the store.
The self-service range of cold and hot sandwiches was well-stocked and nicely presented. On this occasion I chose a submarine roll with egg mayonnaise, bacon and tomato relish. This cost £1.55, which is an absolute bargain in my opinion. The white bread roll was soft and squeezably fresh, the sandwich amply filled. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that it was a tangy tomato relish, and not just plain old ketchup! The egg mayonnaise was a good consistency and the bacon complemented this just nicely. I am always a bit wary about the bacon in Greggs sandwiches, as it is streaky, sweet and very thin cut. Although my personal preference would be less fatty meat, I appreciate this might not reflect the choice of the majority, and to be honest it didn't detract from the sandwich on this occasion.
The only drawbacks of Greggs as a place to get your lunch are:
1. you have to take your food out - there's no nice environment in which to sit as you might find in competitor stores - not so good if it is raining (I believe some stores have cafe / sit in facilities but I've never come across one myself)
2. in my experience, you can't pay by card - which means drawing cash out (the rest of which I invariably spend)
Otherwise a relatively cheap, but brilliantly cheerful place to buy your lunch.
Before I begin this review, I'd like you to do a little leg work. Think of all the things that begin with the letter G. What springs to mind? Gardening... Gossip... Golf.... Geryl Gole??? For me, it is simply.... Gregg's!
My review today is on this institution which is said to be so indestructible, it can with stand even the greatest of floods, hurricanes and even hungry students on their dinner breaks.
If Charles Dickens was still alive today, I do believe he would concur "Gregg's the bakers, is an establishment of high esteem, (usually off the chicken bakes), in which one regularly visits on a daily basis, to satisfy ones festering appetite"... well, something like that!
The thing about Gregg's is, it's cheap, it's easy, and it's tasty. When in London, a similar lunchtime snack usually sets me back around £5, but in Gregg's you're talking pennies - not pounds. Everything is fresh and is made in store, and indeed the ovens are placed within view of the counter. There are also no sell by dates on any of the products because they are made and sold on the same day, so everything is very fresh.
There are currently over 1,400 Gregg's stores within the UK, with a further 600 planned. I think it's brilliant how in the north especially, you are never too far from a Gregg's. Indeed when searching the area around my uni "TS1", I found 15 Gregg's stores within walking distance!! I realise some may feel there are far too many stores, and that every high street looks the same, however I think they are simply catering for the demand of hungry shoppers, office workers and not to mention students. The smell of a Gregg's store is so incredibly tempting that if you do walk past the store, there is always another one nearby so maybe it is simply clever marketing!
Within the Gregg's stores, everything is freshly baked on site throughout the day. There are items for sale on shelves as you walk in, including a hot baguette section, and there is also food (such as sausage rolls and cakes), behind the counter. Generally, there is always a really good selection of things to choose from, so you should always find something that appeals to your taste buds, that is within a pocket pleasing price range.
There are a few disadvantages with Gregg's though, firstly the fat content in it's products which can be anywhere up to 20g if you buy one of the baguettes. Of course, Gregg's itself isn't the particularly healthy option, particularly if you are health conscious or on a diet. All of the nutritional values are on the website, so if you are concerned you can check the figures out for yourself. Although, in winter time I think we naturally crave something warm and filling, and Gregg's certainly fills this gap when it's freezing and you are starving on your lunch break!
I like how Gregg's move with the seasons in terms of themed products, i.e Halloween cakes and more recently, "The Festive Bake", comprising of chicken, bacon, cranberry and red onion. For 80p per bake (chicken, steak or festive) - you can't go wrong! Although they are a huge chain, it's clever how they embrace the seasons and well, not to mention taste!
On the downside, although the stores and generally very clean and well organised, I have found the staff seem to really dislike you giving them notes instead of coins. I was once told they couldn't serve me because they didn't have any change for £10, which was frustrating and I didn't understand why they didn't have the change, especially given as they are always so busy.
As much as I am fond of the savoury items, I have to say I don't think the cakes are always as good, particularly the Belgian buns which can sometimes be a little synthetic tasting on the icing. They also seem to sell some strange bread bun and squirted cream concoctions, which in all honesty don't look that appetising! However the chocolate star cakes are usually very delicious, so it's a mixed bag really. There are also many options aimed at kids, some of which have plastic toys attached to them.
Gregg's is not some 5 star establishment, it knows that. However when you are starving and just want something quick for lunch, it's perfect to go to and you're pockets don't have to suffer. Granted, it's not a healthy salad or a bowl of fruit, and perhaps they could introduce more healthy options within the counter food especially. However, it's a warm and friendly place you can rely on for a decent bite to eat, especially when you don't have much time or you are short on cash. I struggle to fault it!
And, just incase you're hungry...
I am a huge fan of cheap and cheerful Gregg's, there are 7 in Nottingham city centre with each one being no more than a 5 minute walk from my work place...very dangerous for my hips!!!
Gregg's was founded in the 1930's in Tyneside, but now has expanded to having approximately 1,400 shops throughout the UK. Its advertising slogan is 'The Home of Fresh Baking' and it obviously works as they sell millions of products every day.
Gregg's sells pastries, pizza's, cakes, sandwiches, soup and breakfast rolls. They are continuously growing and expanding there range of products to continue to attract new and repeat customers.
Gregg's are most well know for there pasties and sausage rolls. They range from around £0.60 to £1.30 and have a variety of fillings including:
Cheese and Onion
Sausage, Cheese and Bean Melt
A more recent addition to the savories has been the introduction of the pizza's, available in Cheese and Tomato and Pepperoni.
My favourite in this section has to be the Steak Bake, with its flaky pastry and delicious tender chunks of steak in a rich gravy.
I was always totally hooked on Gregg's fresh filled baguettes until a few months ago when I started trying a few sandwiches, rolls and even wraps. There is now a great variety of different fillings to choose from too, they even have seasonal fillings to give you a change.
The one thing I love is that you can get the same filling on different breads which is great for those who don't always want there egg mayo for example of a white roll they can choose to have it on a brown or seeded instead.
Gregg's also offer a range of healthier option sandwiches too with no added mayo which is great if your watching your figure.
From muffins, doughnuts, gingerbread men, sweet pastries, fresh cream cakes, shortbreads, mince pies, biscuits and my all time favourite cupcakes! The cakes are an excellent price and always lovely and fresh, probably not to good for the waistline but perfect for an indulgent treat.
In the aim to become a one stop lunch shop Gregg's sells a range of crisps, drinks and snacks. This allows you to make more of a meal of your sandwich or pasty than a simple snack. More recently I have even seen pots of fresh fruit on sale to offer a more healthy option, although if I had a choice between fruit or a cake for dessert I think I know which option I would take!
Its not just about pasties anymore Gregg's now offer hot drinks at a fraction of the prices of the large coffee shops. Also soup is on the menu for lunch, although I do hope they start offering different flavours soon I like tomato allot but I like a variety too.
One of the best additions to the menu is the breakfast roll! You can have a sausage/bacon or sausage and bacon rolls with sauce and a hot drink or orange juice for £1.99. This to me is a complete bargain, they are also fantastic, with very fresh rolls, nice tasting sausages and back bacon. Much better than McDonalds and about half the price.
Gregg's now celebrates seasonal events such as Christmas, Easter and Halloween with theme goodies. I love the Gregg's viennese topped mince pies and the special seasonal cupcakes. Not only is it a great marketing tool but puts a smile on my face when I see something different for lunch too!
Gregg's might not be for everyone but to me it offers cheap, filling food for a excellent prices. It has long opening hours, good customer service (from what I have experienced) and freshly baked good's. Yes, most items are high in calories and fat but on an odd occasion and as part of a balanced diet who can refuse a cupcake or pasty once in a while!!
Gregs is a chain of bakers that sell a variety of cakes, pastries, sandwiches and warm snacks.
They are a great place to stop in your lunch break but is not very healthy when you are tempted by the lovely looking chocolate eclairs every day!
We use our local store in Nuneaton and it has an open entrance with a counter with glass displays for you to select your food.
One problem I often encounter is if you try and go at lunch time then the queue can sometimes be out of the door!, but the queue does tend to go down quite quickly so don't be worried that you are going to be there for hours! And it gives you plenty of time to decide what treat you are going to give yourself!
The prices are very reasonable and they also sell bottles of drink so you can buy your whole lunch there.
We have been a few times when they have sold bags of bread rolls, they were ok but I don't think they were fresh from that day, so won't be buying bread from them again.
If you buy a selection of cakes to take to work they will put them in a box container for you to make it easier to carry and not squash the cream cakes!
A great little shop if you are after lunch on to go or if you simply want to just treat yourself to a cake!
In my opinion greggs takes the trophy for Britain's best bakery, while herds of people might move to McDonalds for their tasty lunch, the secret is out that greggs tastes far better than a burger. Greggs bakery was established in 1939, later took over bakers oven and now has 1,400 bakeries. Greggs sells a wide range of foods however sandwiches, pasties and sausage rolls are a specialty, their chesse and onion pastie is heaven :p
However greggs is a guilty treat and in 2008 a study found that greggs is the retailer with the highest level of fat in it's product range, recently greggs has tried to make products more healthy although I don't think that people go to greggs because it is a healthy option, I think that the products are tasty and affordable and this is what has made greggs successful.
The general gist of this review is: if you haven't been to greggs your missing out on a lot, but DON'T GO IF YOU ARE ON A DIET!!!
A new shop has opened here in Llandudno and it is the bakery Greggs! Now this is going to be a mixed blessing for me as I love their sausage rolls and I fear that I may just be tempted to eat them a little more often than is good for me. When I lived in the Midlands my Greggs I always used to have one as a treat on Fridays when I finished my work as a merchandiser.
So what is Greggs all about then?
Well, Greggs is a nationwide chain of bakers which was started in 1951 when John Gregg opened a small bakery in Newcastle upon Tyne. This single shop has grown over the years into a chain of over 1,400 shops spread across the country.
Each shop has a basic range of foods plus regional specialities where applicable.
They sell bread, sandwiches, filled rolls, baguettes, cakes, sausage rolls, pasties, muffins, biscuits, drinks and snacks such as crisps. The food is cooked on the premises constantly during the day so all the items for sale are always fresh and the sandwiches, rolls and baguettes are prepared each day on the premises using the bread that has been baked there. The drinks available consist of tea, Fair Trade coffee and bottled cold drinks. Some of the branches also sell breakfast rolls until 11.30am and others even have a cafe on site.
To celebrate the opening of our new branch the local paper had a voucher for a free sausage roll so Dave and I just had to pay Greggs a visit - just to check that the food was still of the usual high quality of course!
I had the free sausage roll, Dave had a Cornish pasty and we each had a maple and pecan swirl which is effectively a Belgian bun with maple syrup flavoured icing topped with pecan pieces. The pasty and cakes cost just £2.10 and we thoroughly enjoyed all that we ate! Those maple and pecan swirls were gorgeous!
The prices in Greggs are always reasonable and there are always special offers - buy one get one free, buy two and get a price reduction etc. - which of course make the treat of visiting Greggs even cheaper.
There is a website at www.greggs.co.uk where you can find lots of information about the chain and the products that they make and sell. There is also information about the nutritional value of the food sold by Greggs and there is also a leaflet giving this information available in each of the shops. Mind you it might be a bit scary finding out how many calories there are in the sausage rolls!
Looking at the website I also found out that the owners and staff of Greggs also support charities such as Children in Need and a children's cancer charity so there is a moral responsibility there too.
In conclusion I would recommend a visit to Gregg's - the food is great and the prices are good - but as with any cakes and pastries we do have to be a little bit careful just how often we treat ourselves to their goodies!
I haven't been to a greggs in a while as I don't go into our town centre much, but I do find it is a simple place to get cheap food, if you are a meat eating cash carrier.
Greggs is in effect a bakery, and can be found on most high streets. They have most of their food in a very small space at the front of their stores and the actual baking and creating goes on behind the counters.
Greggs sell lots of products, mostly warm items such as pies, pasties and slice. They also sell cold sandwiches, baguettes, cakes and beverages. The prices vary depending on product, but I don't think there are many items over £3.00.
I always find that Greggs do not offer a lot of selection in the way of savoury vegetarian options. They do have cold cheese salad baguettes and a few tuna options, but not a huge selection. They also have a vegetable pasty, but I find they have a really strange nasty taste to them so I wouldn't ever recommend them. There is often a french stick pizza bread, that is what I would chose if I had to, but it can sometimes have been in there for a while and be a bit cold, and it's not the most appetising option.
The cakes in Greggs always look delicious, they have all sorts of creamy gooey cakes that look like they are terribly bad for you but very tasty. They also usually have cookies and muffins.
The main downside to Greggs, is that they don't accept card payments. I find this quite annoying, as I rarely ever use cash, so never really have any on my person unless I'm with my husband and his noisy change filled pockets.
I also have always found that at key times like a lunch hour, when you may be in a rush, there are huge queues for Greggs, very often leading out of the store front, I think this is more to do with their stores being so small at the front rather than their popularity.
I think Greggs is somewhere I would go only if there are no other options. They serve a purpose and do have more healthy options than somewhere like McDonalds, but there is not a lot of choice for vegetarians, and the queueing just annoys me, so I wouldn't recommend them, but I can understand why they are popular.