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Taybarns Eatery (Morriston)

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Address: Upper Forest Way / Swansea Enterprise Park / Morriston / Swansea SA6 8WB / Wales

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      14.05.2010 21:32
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      worth a visit

      I had never been anywhere like this for food before we were invited to join friends there. If they would have described the place,I don't think I would have been to keen! How else can you describe the place appart from cafeteria?!

      Well, I did have a pleasant surprise, and have been back three times now. An important thing to start, make sure you are hungry when you go there, to make sure that you get your money's worth!

      The building is nice and there is a quite nice set up there. You go in through the door and pay straight away. You pay one price, and then you can eat as much as you like, and I mean AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE! The cost is £5.95pp on weekdays before 5pm and £8.95 per head every other time. I assume it is open quite late, but I.don't know the exact times. After you have paid for your food and ordered (& paid) for you drinks you go and choose a table. (If you order soft drinks e.g. pepsi or Lemonade you have free re-fills, and you help yourself to them). If you need a highchair, one of the workers go and get it for you. The next step is to go up and get your food.

      Well, where do I begin?! There is a huge selection of foods, here is just a taster:they have a fresh salad bar (and to be honest it always looks freash and crispy), a counter with chips and wedges, burgers, sausages , breaded fish, pork, chicken breasts, prawns on skewers, rattatoue (don't know how to spell that!), corn on the cob, pizzas,sweet and sour chicken,chicken in black bean sauce, rice and a warm dinner with a choice of meats. I know that I havn't mentioned the whole selection there. But best of all are the desserts! proffitteroles (you can add you own chocolate sauce), cakes, apple pie, jam rolly poly, custard and many more. Ops, I forgoT the fruit salad! Yes, and you can eat as much as you want. I am still full after being there for lunch!

      On the whole I will say that most of the food that I have tasted there are really nice, except one of thepizzas today was quite dry. I didn't think the food would be that nice with such a selection, but it really is worth a try. I'm not saying that I would like to visit every week (appart from putting stones of weight on if I did!), but when we go now and again it is a nice change.

      If you are with a gang of mates and are hungry I would seriously consider a visit, but not the place to take yor girlfriend or wife for a romantic meal! Well, unless she really does love her food!

      They are liscensed. The only thing I do remember is that a pint of Carling is £2.55 there, bit they did have a selection of drinks.

      On the way out I saw a sign saying 'free breakfast for under 16's'.

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        11.09.2009 12:40
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        You get what you pay for

        Taybarns is good value for money but not very good quality. The resturant is clean and tidy but does have a school canteen feel to the place.

        There is a very large selection of food and is served as a buffet so should be enough to please everyone in the family. On average it's about £2 a soft drink (which you can re-fil) and the buffet costs
        - Lunchtime (12 - 5pm) £5.99
        - Evening (5pm - closing) £7.99
        - Kids (all day everyday) £3.99
        and the weekends are more expensive at £8.50

        The buffet consists of starters, mains and deserts and you can go up as many times as you would like for each course. There are a few styles of food so if you want to try something different, this is an affordable price to do it. In the main sections there is a grill, pasta, pizza, Texan, carvery and a salad bar. If there is any room left after all of this then there are usually about 3 different types of dessert to chose from including profiteroles and chocolate cake.

        Although the food may not have the best quality it is cheap and depending on how much you can eat, you get a lot for your money. I think it's great for large families who want to go out for a meal but don't want to pay the world and if you compare it to any fast food restaurant the price is very similar but you get so much more.

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        08.07.2009 09:13
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        Not worth the money at all.

        Well i visited taybarns (swansea) yesterday 7/7/09 as many people have told me how great it is.
        We arrived there about 12 o'clock which is half an hour after opening time.First impressions were that is was clean and tidy,we ordered a drink at the bar and payed for the buffet which was £5.99 and the drink was re-filable for £1.99. One of the members of staff showed us what to do as we hadn't been there before and she was very polite and helpful.
        We could sit anywere we liked so once we found a table we went up to our starters. There was a selection of soups with bread rolls etc or salad with ham/fish etc. The selection in the salad section was lovely, plenty of peppers,horse radish,onions , potatoe salad,dressings etc . We both decided to have the ham and i have to say it was stunning.
        There are a massive selection of food to choose from for the main course eg.mexican,carvery,pizza,pasta,rotisserie,grill and wok. Once finishing our starter we decided to go for the carvery option.Well this is were it all started to go wrong.
        We picked up our plate , one was dirty the other was wet. We got to the carvery section were we were met with a selection of rather cottage pie,pork steaks or gammon.The veg included cauliflower cheese,cabbage,boiled potatoes,roast potatoes,peas,sweetcorn and gravy.We took our plates with everything on back to our seats and well it was awful. The meat was unedible,i couldnt cut it with a knife.(considering we only got there half hour after opening time). The boiled potatoes were not cooked at all, the roast potatoe i found a black bug in it,the cabbage was mush,the cauliflower cheese well words cant describe how bad it was . It was so bad i rushed off to the toilet to be sick!!.
        So we left our plates as told by the waitress on the table and went to try something else, i had a veg skewer,pizza,tuna bake pasta and some garlic bread. The veg was raw, the pizza had a funny tang to it ,the pasta was completely dry and the garlic bread was tasteless.
        So we left the plates again and went for dessert, we had the apple pie and custard. Well the custard wasnt too bad the apple pie had the core still in it but other then that it was edible.
        I have to say im not a fussy eater but i was appauled by the fact that literally in my eyes there wasnt much food actually cooked right. So in turn we decided to leave, although i couldnt leave without saying something to the manager which i found to be a young boy. When i told him what was wrong with the food he said "oh i will have a word with the carvery team". No apology nothing i was quite appauled with his "profesional " approach to a customer.
        So all in all i wont be visiting this place again, yes it has lots of different types of food,yes its an easy going place ,yes most of the staff were polite but the food was awful and that is what your paying for at the end of the day.

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          23.04.2009 00:26

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          Not for me or my family any more.

          I visited Taybarns on the 11.04.09 in Coventry, after arranging for my sons friends to be their from different parts of the country. I checked on theinternet andit quite clearly states the prices, ie.:- weekends, after 5.30pm & bank holidays £7.95. I was totally miffed therefore to have to pay £9.95, after all I could not turn 8 people away and at short notice try to find somewhere else. I e-mailed Taybarns that same day and to date, which is 22.04.09, have not heard a dikiebird, very good customer service, well they wont be getting any more from me, and I will not be recomending any friends or relatives to go there either, after all word of mouth is one of the best forms of endorsement and advertising. I have also just e-mailed them again with similar wording to this review, see if they respond to that one or not.

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          03.11.2008 16:37
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          Great at first - just hope the staff have learnt from there mistakes and been given correct training

          Coventry -

          Well this is new in our area and i have heard good thing's so we thought we would give it ago.

          Well i am asuming that this doesn't happen everyday BUT.....

          It all started well we were not queing up for long and we were given our drinks and the process was explained to us (being new) so my daugter decided where she wanted to sit and we went to get our plates, the food selection and quality looked great and we were especially spoilt for choice.

          Just as we got round half way we were putting a slice of pizza on my daughters plate and flames flew in the air from the wok's beside us, the chef (member of staff) threw the fire blanket over them which didn't seem to help so them i saw him bend down the side and reach for the fire extinguisher and started to spray it, the flames them engulffed and narrowly missed us by an inch - Obviously the water fire extinguisher was wrong (in fire you use foam) surely the staff here were told this in training with working in the kitchen??!!!!!

          We were un-professionally evacuated and when the fire was extinguished were offered a refund, i politly tried to explain to one of the members of staff that the wrong equipment was used and was rudely snapped at and told that they were closing.

          NO apologie nothing.

          i am asuming that the staff do not always respond this way in a crisis and as i was not the only person there explaining the situation th the staff i am hoping their training will be improved.

          I think that these were extreamly difficult circumstances and first impressions (before the fire) of the food and general atmosphere of taybarns was good - They have not yet re-opended but i will try it again when they do and report back.

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          12.10.2008 02:35
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          good value for money

          This must be the best food eat in place ever. The choice is great. I found myself stood there being spoilt for choice. The staff were very friendly and were happy to help us seat our daughters. I would recommend going early as it does get very packed. We arrived at about 5pm and it was already packed. Liked the idea of our daughter getting her own meal as it made her feel very important.
          There is food to suit all. My hubby is veggie and found lots to eat. Their is a salad bar, carvery, rotisserie, wok bbq etc and the pudding counter is out of tis world I really wish I hadn't eaten as much so I could have saved some space for another. I think this is well worth the money. The drinks are bottomless and you can fill as many times as you like. The parking outside was bad and there wasn't many free spaces but all in all it was great

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          15.07.2008 11:59

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          generally good value for money

          My friend had recommended we try this restaurant, so we decided to 'give it a go'. The restaurant itself looks good, and is well set out. The food was brilliant and very good value for money. The staff were quite helpful and friendy. I enjoyed the chinese food particularly, my husband had carvery. Almost as soon as one food was finished the staff were quickly replacing it... The only thing that would put us off returning was the loud 'music', very difficult to have a conversation! Maybe this is a marketing ploy, to get people in and out again quickly? Or is this just me being cynical?...
          I did notice that there does seem to be an outside eating area, so perhaps in the summer we'll return and try that.
          We visited on a weekday afternoon, although our initial visit was on a Sunday pm, and there was a three quarters of an hour waiting time to go in, so we didn't bother.

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          19.05.2008 11:14
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          A great restaurant, great value.

          Taybarns Eatery is a relatively new restaurant in the Swansea area.

          Situated next to a Premier Inn (rooms around £50-60 per night), and next to a retail area housing an Asda superstore, KFC and Burger King. It is also close to a Tesco extra, Halfords, Carpet and Flooring stores, Screwfix, and several out of town banks (and more!). So it's in a very good location, especially if you want to take a break from shopping and grab a bite.

          Taybarns is different to a lot of restaurants in that you pay a fixed fee for your meal and you can help yourself as many times as you like (bargain!). The food is freshly prepared behind their 34 metre long food counter, and there are a variety of cuisines available.

          You have the choice of chinese (noodles, rice, sweet and sour etc.), italian (pizzas, pastas, garlic bread), rotisserie (meats, sweetcorn, jacket potatoes, potato wedges), salad bar, soups, carvery. There are even a selection of desserts included in the price (profiteroles, choc fudge cake, icecream).

          As the restaurant is quite new, I think its under a year old, it is very clean and modern, and I was suprised when researching it's background to find it is not part of a larger chain, as it certainly has the professional "sheen" of a large operation.

          I've been several times, and the only problems I've found is that it tends to be very busy (not a suprise considering how wonderful it is!), and that you are loathe to stop eating!

          You will find the food differs slightly on different days, for example some days there's chicken on the carvery, sometimes turkey, gammon. Usually there's two meats though so theres a choice. Also the desserts change, with things like apple pie, cheesecake etc being added to the standard dishes.

          I've never been stuck for something to eat though! I'm a vegetarian and it caters fine for me. Also theres plenty of burgers, chips, chicken portions, baked beans so the kids are catered for. All the food is clearly labelled with (v) signs for vegetarian options which is great.

          Its great being able to try new foods without commiting yourself to buying one option as well. If you don't like it, just grab a fresh plate and choose something else.

          I often take the baby along and the staff are helpful, offering to fetch highchairs etc. The doorways are wide, but sometimes it is hard to navigate further down the restaurant due to the volume of customers. I do think it would be suitable for disabled access though as I have taken a large pram in several times. The only gripe is the front doors aren't automatic which can be tricky.

          When you enter there is a queing system to the front desk which serves as a paypoint and bar. You pay for food for the number of adults/children, and purchase your drinks, there is a selection including alcohol, although I tend to go for the soft drinks with free refills. You are given a glass and can then refill yourself from a selection (pepsi, diet pepsi, fanta etc.) at various drinks, plates, cutlery stations throughout the restaurant.

          There is no need to book, in fact I don't think they accept bookings, and as the restaurant is really large theres usually room available. Once I did get told there was an hour and a half wait for a table (needless to say I didn't wait!), there were queues right out the front door, but it was half term and sunny! I haven't been in the evenings though so this may be even busier.

          Prices:

          Mon - Fri 11:00am - 5:30pm £5.95
          Mon - Fri 5:30pm - Late £7.95
          Sat & Sun 11:00am - Late £7.95
          Children under 10 £4.50

          I think the free refill soft drinks are around £1.75 each with the alcohol etc. being more pricey obviously.

          It's not fine cusine but it's a pleasant restaurant with good food, good choice and good prices. It's great to take the kids to.

          I have to be honest I haven't used the toilet facilities so I can;t comment, but judging on the rest of the place I would imagine standards are good.

          Gets five stars from me - I love it!

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          Long food counter offering a wide variety of tastey, deliciously fresh food.