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Maple and pecan swirl - even better than the sausage roll!
Greggs in general
Member Name: SusanLesley
Greggs in general
Date: 11/05/10, updated on 12/05/10 (247 review reads)
Advantages: Good food freshly cooked and prepared, good prices
Disadvantages: None for me apart from the calories!
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!
Summary: Well worth a visit!