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Greggs in general
Member Name: Fircone_Frankie
Greggs in general
Advantages: Fresh and tasty, reasonably priced. Lots of them around. Consistent standard of product.
Disadvantages: Less vegetarian options and more limited range compared with more expensive competitors.
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.
Summary: A Northern lunch institution!