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Greggs in general
Member Name: tinkabubble
Greggs in general
Date: 25/04/10, updated on 25/04/10 (254 review reads)
Advantages: Good range of seemingly good quality food
Disadvantages: Sometimes serve food cold, sometimes long waits for certain products, quality can vary
Greggs is one of the most well established bakeries in the UK; almost every town seems to have at least one! And that's good because it means that no matter where you are in the UK, if you see that sign above the shop, it means familiarity, something you can trust; you know what you're getting with Greggs.
They offer a great range of 'on the go' eatables, such as savoury pies, pasties, sausage rolls, sandwiches and sweets like cakes, doughnuts, tarts, pies, eclairs, cookies, etc. You can also buy a drink to accompany your purchases, such as Fanta, Coke, Oasis...
(They also sell bread and birthday cakes.)
Greggs is convenient when you're out shopping or whatever, as the food is usually there just waiting for you to come and eat it. However, sometimes they are still waiting for batches out of the oven and may therefore be temporarily 'out of stock', as it were, of what you want, which can be quite irritating.
Then if they do have it in stock, there's also another problem which I frequently encounter; 'do you mind if it's not that warm?' I'm frequently asked this, or told that my purchase is only luke warm, which is fine if you're taking your food home and can warm it up, but it does quite irritate me when you want to eat out, as surely it's supposed to be hot? It would be great if they could invest in heaters of some sort to keep their products warm while on display as the pastry gets very greasy and unappealing when cold and you get left with grase all over the roof of your mouth - eew.
However, for the most part, Greggs food in itself is very nice. I especially rate their pies and triple chocolate cookies, yum! Although, I have to say that the quality of their cookies can vary and isn't always consistent. I really like them when they are soft and bendy, but sometimes they're really rock hard and a bit burnt, alas.
Greggs do offer a good range though, of course they have vegetarian options in their pasties and sandwiches, and also offer meal deals where you get a sandwich, crisps and drink for a reduced rate. They make cakes and gingerbread men especially aimed at children, for example, they'll have Mr Men on or something. Finally, they also do alot for charity, selling cakes for Children in Need, etc, and also have a good sense of occassion, making cakes, etc, in the theme of the World Cup and St Patricks Day and Mother's Day.
Their prices are what you would expect really, I don't think they're overcharged, and the staff always seem nice and friendly, in fact their seems to be a good atmosphere amongst the staff at my local branch. And they all wear their hair nets and gloves and hygiene seems well handled there.
I also like how the packaging at Greggs usually seems quite minimal; if you buy sausage rolls or pasties, for instance, they just put them in as few simple paper bags as they can and just offer you a plastic carrier bag should you need one. Sandwiches come in card boxes and some things like packs of cakes or sausage rolls come in plastic bags.
The only thing I'm not sure about is where they get their produce from; they don't seem to make a big fuss about it being free range or locally sourced or anything, but it may be that it is. I think it would be good though if they would give more information on this.
My families top ten Greggs products:
1. Pizza baguette fingers
2. Triple Choc cookies
3. Double choc muffins (triple would be better though!)
4. Cheese and onion pasties
5. Meat and potatoe pasties
6. Chicken pasties
7. Meat and potatoe deep pies
8. Sausage rolls
9. Vanilla slices
10. Vegetarian pasties
All in all, let's face it, Greggs is a bit of an institution now, it's popularity obvious from the long queues always outside!
Summary: Ideally would have given it a 3 1/2, but you always know where you are with Greggs!