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      02.06.2013 09:30
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      Never again for us

      We recently visited Taybarns as it was somewhere I wanted to visit to see what it was all about. We visited the branch in Wigan, Greater Manchester. Our prior knowledge of the 'restaurant' was that it was an all you can eat buffet style place that served a range of food so would cater for all tastes. I say 'restaurant' - that's a very loose term to use to describe this eating place, it's more like a fast food style canteen. It reminded me of being on an all inclusive holiday - where everyone is bumping into each other to pile their plates high.

      Arriving and being seated
      We visited on a Saturday. I was expecting the car park to be very full but surprisingly it seemed quite empty. When we went in, there was a lady at the bar that asked us whether we'd visited before. We said we hadn't and she explained how the place worked. She said that before being let into the seating area, we had to pay for our meals up front. On a weekend it is £8.99 per adult, on weekdays it would have been £5.99 per adult. Kids cost £3.99 every day but she said that whilst my daughter was under 3, she was free (at 11 months there was no way I'd have paid for her anyway as she doesn't eat food from restaurants!). Although we agreed and paid, I'm not generally keen on paying for food up front, I would rather see what I'm getting for my money first but they don't have any sort of menus at the desk to see what you're paying for.

      She said that we could either pay for our drinks there and then or order them at the table from one of the staff there - we decided that it was best to pay for everything in one go so we both ordered a pepsi. The lady gave us two glasses and said as it was refillable we could help ourselves once seated. I paid just over £22 for the two buffets and the drinks. Then she let us pass through to the dining area where we could choose our own table, I liked this because I like being able to sit where I fancy, not where is most convenient to the eating place. They had a few highchairs available so that was good. I noticed immediately that the place was full of kids - it does seem to be a good place to take children if there's a few of them as they can all pick what they like - it accommodates everyone with the varied choice.

      The Food
      The food is laid across a number of stations and customers help themselves to what they want and however much they want. The plates, cutlery and napkins are together in one separate area and you can help yourselves to however many plates you need to (I assumed they'd hand you one plate at the beginning). My husband went to fill the drinks up - two pepsi's and slushy ice (it is actually pepsi, not some substitute) and then we were ready for food. My husband chose to have soup first - minestrone soup with a bread roll which was one of the usual style petit pain types. He said that the soup was nice although it didn't look my cup of tea as it had a lot of spaghetti pieces in it. I then went for my first plate - a small helping of sweet and sour chicken, fried rice, a couple of prawn crackers. Randomly with a small piece of garlic bread. The garlic bread was very nice, it was the pizza style base type and my husband also said that was good. The sweet and sour chicken was also tasty, although to me it was obvious that it was very mass produced as it was only lukewarm. The prawn crackers were very, very greasy. Then my husband went up for a plate of food. He picked chips, bacon steaks, BBQ sauce and pasta. I tried a small piece of everything he had - the bacon steaks were definitely not for me, although he said he thought they were ok (but nothing special). The pasta was cold and rubbery and the chips were very average, they tasted like school dinner chips to me. Then I went back for my final plate, a very small carvery. At the carvery station there were two meats available - gammon and pork. I chose gammon with a Yorkshire pudding, peas and roast potatoes along with a helping of gravy. I regretted the gravy decision. It was so runny, bland and just like one you'd get at school that it ruined the whole plate of food. The Yorkshire pudding was average, although a bit stodgy and again very mass produced (they were all exactly the same size in the serving bowl)- the gammon was also not great. It was very fatty and was very tough to cut and eat so I ended up leaving half of it. The roast potatoes were very mass produced, no crispy ones and all very uniformed. They had no taste either! I like finishing my meals (because I love food!) but I left half a plate full on this occasion and so did my husband.

      They were our choices for food, but there are plenty of other meals available that we didn't try that I saw on my walk around. I saw chilli, chicken jalfrezi, chicken tikka masala, naan bread, burgers, sausages, savaloy sausages, baked beans, corn on the cob, a salad bar, pizza, spicy wedges and desserts (neither of us bothered to even look at those, although I saw a few people with ice cream). The website mentioned pork ribs but there weren't any in sight on our visit which disappointed my husband. The majority of the food to me was targeted at kids.

      The Staff
      The staff seemed happy to help throughout our visit, one cleared the table a couple of times and asked if we were ok and whether the food was ok. We were also asked if we wanted to fill out a survey online for them in return for a chance to win a prize draw. There are also cooks behind the food stations who fill up the stations when they're getting low on food, although they have very little contact with customers with the exception of the carvery as the meat is cut and placed onto your plate rather than helping yourself. The food seemed well stocked all the time we were there too so I can't say anything negative about the service.

      Overall Opinion
      I'll be honest, I didn't like much, if anything about our visit. The food seemed mass produced which is understandable with a buffet style place but was just far too bland for my liking and didn't seem very good quality, some of it wasn't even hot. I'm surprised to learn that Taybarn's is part of the Whitbread chain. It was just like a canteen and even though it wasn't that busy, it was still a case of having to dive in to get your food and try to walk around and dodge people with a plate of food in your hand. It really reminded me of being on holiday in a cheap all inclusive. To me £8.99 is so expensive for what you get.

      I understand why young families visit because it is handy being able to cater for everyone with the varied food but it just wasn't for me. My husband sometimes thinks I moan about service when it's not needed (only to him in conversation, not to others!) and he's very laid back but even he came out of there saying that he'd never visit again - he even said he felt sorry for me paying £22 for it when for that we could have visited Nandos for our favourite meals at that same price. I would like to rate it 1 star personally, although I am going to rate it two stars because a lot of the families there seemed to be enjoying themselves and I think it's ok for larger families to visit to cater for everyone's tastes. Never again for us though.

      Taybarn's Wigan
      Address: Warrington Road, Wigan, Lancashire, WN3 6XB
      Telephone: 01942 493469

      Opening Times: 11.30am until late (not sure when that means!)

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        17.03.2013 23:24

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        i would not take my friends unless another time of day was different

        We have mixed reviews although there was a good choice of food we found the amount of children with no parental control off putting, we saw children picking things up sniffing them and putting them back and one even tasted something and put it back ,their parents where nowhere to be seen. We also thought it was quite dangerous seeing children as young as 4 going to get their own ice cream etc.A Family sat near to us had a child in a high chair and a toddler there was food being dropped or thrown the whole time we where there it was very off putting. I would like to have been offered a seating area where there where no children if parents are not prepared to take responsibility.Floor areas where not clean and food not picked up the whole time we where there. We where paying customers too and felt we could have been better accommodated.

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        03.02.2011 21:52
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        Excellent food and atmosphere

        Me and my boyfriend went here for our tea on Saturday night and we really enjoyed it. We were told that it gets really busy at the weekends, but we weren't expecting it to be as busy as it was! I reckon there could of easily been over 200 people in there! We arrived early at 5.30pm which is early for us to eat usually on a Saturday night, and we were glad we arrived when we did as it just got busier and busier as the night went on!

        When we pulled into the carpark it was full, so we had to go into the overflow part which was pitch black, not lit up at all. Then when we went to get in the restaurant it was so busy, we were in a queue outside we couldn't even get in it was that full! We were given a number and told it would be a 35 minute wait which actually turned into an hour an 10 minutes. We weren't happy!

        You have to pay before you go and sit down in this restaurant, I have never been anywhere where you have to pay first and you don't get a refund once you have paid, as we wanted to leave it and go on a weekday as it was so busy, but we couldn't after paying. It wouldn't have been so bad waiting for our table if there was somewhere to sit, but you were just left standing in the bar area, and my legs were aching after over an hour!

        However after finally getting a table we couldn't complain about the food! This is a all you can eat buffet and it is actually 34 metres long! We didn't know where to start! There were soups, salads, pastas, Mexican- chilli and fajitas, a full carvery with all your vegetables, yorkshire puds etc. There was also an indian part with korma, naan, rice etc. There is also a fish and chip part and a grill part. We had sausages, chicken skewers, wedges, pizza, coleslaw, potato salad, chilli and fajitas. Everything we had was all really high standard, not cheap meat.

        We were really surprised with the quality of the food considering how many people they are cooking for! Everything is cooked in front of you too, you could see all the chicken and pizzas etc being cooked for you.

        Our favourite part was the desserts! If you have a sweet tooth like us you would love it there! You could have as much as you wanted and we were a bit greedy and ate way more than we needed. We had profita rolls, cheesecake, chocolate fudge cake, and then a bowl of ice cream but we felt so ill after it!

        I have never been so full after eating at this restaurant, the food was gorgeous and too much to choose from, there was so much, you end up well over eating. It was £8.75 each for the buffet, and £2.30 for bottomless soft drinks which you just helped yourself too. During the weekend I think it's a bit cheaper to go, I would recommend you go on a week day as it does get so busy at the weekend.

        All the staff were very friendly, and if it weren't for the wait for over an hour for a table we wouldn't have anything to complain about! I highly recommend this for kids parties, they would love it there, and there were about 5 birthday parties in there Saturday. If you live in Manchester, definitely give this restaurant in Wigan a try!

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          13.10.2010 17:36
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          Buffet restaurant offering food from around the world (at a push!)

          After the experience that was Ilaichis and upon our return to Manchester we heard of a buffet that was much closer to home, Wigan to be precise by the name of Taybarns.

          A few Googlings, a read of the reviews and a quick trip to the website indicated it to be a place of wanton gluttony. List of food items appeared before my eyes, a carvery, Indian, British, Chip Shop, Pizza and numerous desserts! But I have been fooled by the promise that was Iliaichis and I wasn't prepared to be fooled again. But I was persuaded by sad faces and begging eyes, noticeably eldest daughter who hadn't be able to come to the last buffet place.
          So we relented, driving twice around Wigan before we finally found it, not entirely sure how we missed the huge orange building with neon green strips, but there you go!

          Due to our rather unfortunate sense of direction we got there at about 8.20pm, rather than nearer the 7pm I had hoped for. 'That's it I though, there's going to be barely anything left and what there is will be dried up and manky' Does my woeful premonition come true................

          This place is massive, I mean really big. I wouldn't even like to guess how many it could fit in it. There is a bar attached which I presume also acts as a holding pen before the beasts run free and gorge themselves!

          We were asked by the lady on the front desk to first pay at the bar, then sit anywhere bar one section.
          I must admit I do dislike paying for my meal before I've had it, but I've long learned the art of complaining! Besides which it was the only way to get a drink. We were asked if we wanted soft drinks which I thought was rather presumptious but I realised why when she presented us with 3 glasses and told us here were drinks stations around the dining room for unlimited refills.
          Seeing as a massive mark-up on drinks is the usual way these buffet places make their money I was very impressed!

          The place itself is well decorated, quite a plain terracotta with various 2-10 seater tables. Its so big I didn't even notice the 20 strong party just over the partition wall from us.

          Now the important bit, the food!
          It's set out a bit like a school dinner canteen, like a long silver affair down one side of the restaurant. However there were lots of servers behind it assisting if necessary and also answering any questions. They also kept an eye on the level of food and top up if necessary.
          For once I didn't ignore the salad bar. It was very much set out like a Harvester bar, various tubs of salad such as the usual, and also tubs of salad ingredients such as kidney beans, sweetcorn, red onion, etc. And get this! Fresh pineapple, not out of a tin, water drained off pineapple, but fresh chunky pineapple. Go on, name the last time you went to a restaurant and had fresh pineapple!
          There was also potato salads, coleslaw, bacon bits, pasta salad, etc. Several jugs of condiments, 1000 Island, blue cheese, etc. This was accompanied by fresh chunks of tiger bread and butter.

          So, Round 1 was a half plate of salad, a chicken leg from the 'Chip Shop'. A prawn skewer, 2 chicken skewers, and a coupe of spare ribs with healthy dollopings of blue cheese sauce.
          It was good, and it was hot! Chicken skin was crispy and cooked perfectly, the skewers slightly spiced, the meat fell of the spare rib and the salad made me pucker like a fish. Try taking a fork full of lettuce, red and white onions, pineapple and a big dollop of blue cheese sauce and tell me if that doesn't make you pucker!

          Daughters fishcake was nice but a little stodgy, but she hastily scoffed the biggest saveloy that I have ever seen. Marcus described the sausages as excellent quality, not cheap and nasty, meaty and seasoned with no fatty chunks or those horrible liquidised types.

          Round 2, gammon from the Carvery, some mash, roast potatoes and pizza. We did pass up on the vegetables as they were looking a bit sad and sorry for themselves.
          The gammon was fantastic, jut the merest tint of salt, not a cheap cut most certainly. The surprise for me was the pizza, the base for me rivalled any of the chains, and yes the toppings weren't as plentiful as say, Pizza Hut, but a good herby tomato sauce and an adequate sprinkle of cheddar and mozzarella.

          Desserts, ok, deep breath, I had 3 different ones! Well I couldn't choose, I forwent the chocolate cake as it looked a little dry and went for profiteroles with cream and hot chocolate sauce. Bakewell tart, and letting the inner greedy goddess get hold of me popped a slice of hot jam sponge with a dollop of thick custard. I cant fault any of them, the sponge with custard was particularly nice, but so was the Bakewell Tart. A crushed biscuit base, the thick eggy custard was sublime, I could have eaten more!

          We had been introduced to the lady running our area earlier in the evening and she was more than efficient, clearing away tables, cleaning, etc. One thing that I did think was the height of laziness was rather than walking the whole ten feet to the drinks machine you had a flip card on your table which you can change to 'Fill me Up', to come and get the lady to fill up the glasses. I'd like to think those small walks managed to cancel out those 3 desserts.

          I have to commend Taybarns on their staff service and the cleanliness of their restaurant.
          When I mentioned to my daughter I had to go to another service area as there were no forks left there was an immediate dash to the kitchen to get more.
          Tables were cleared, cleaned and ready to go within minutes of the occupants leaving them. When the kitchen started to clean up after they were no longer putting anymore food out, I should mention this was about 9.30pm, but only 5 groups or so left, we noticed all the cupboards, refrigerators, etc were pulled out from the wall so they cleaned behind them and even of top of them, the place was scrubbed!
          Efficiency was also evident, as soon as one area was empty, it was cleared, cleaned and the chairs put up. They don't start clearing away the food until 10pm, unlike Iliaichis which had started removing food at 9.15pm
          A coupe and a small child came in at 9,50pm which we did think was pushing it, but it turned out they had driven down from the Highlands and stopped at the Premier Inn adjacent. No grumbles, no rolling eyes, etc, the staff happily went to the bars to get drinks as the machine had been switched off (but they did ask us first as we were the last group). The family went off and chose as much food as they wanted. The staff had stopped taking away any food they had been about to in order to let them have all the options. There was absolutely no pressure on them, or us for that matter to hurry up, although dirty dishes were whisked away immediately.

          This to me is excellent customer service, something that is fantastic to see, and the staff should be highly commended for it. I had an extremely pessimistic view of Taybarns before I went. I imagined it would be like feeding time at the zoo with dirty plates everywhere and extremely poor quality food. It was nice to be proved wrong for once. There were many things that restaurants could take on board, great customer service, quality of food, etc.

          However having been there on a Sunday night I wouldn't like to go on Fridays, Saturdays or the Bank Holidays, with the sheer volume on people you could get in there I'm not sure they could cope!
          But I shall be going back; I've got an apple crumble, Victoria Sponge and chocolate cake to try!

          Prices:
          * £5.95 during the day
          * £7.95 in the evening
          * £4.50 for children whatever the time of day
          * £2.23 unlimited soft drinks

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            02.04.2010 13:04
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            A large, orange barn full of food for everyone to enjoy!

            I visited Taybarns in Wigan late last year (2009), for a meal out with five of my colleagues. Easily accessible, and making itself known with a bright orange exterior, it was a large and welcoming building that I had no complaints about visiting - much like your food courts in large shopping centres. The all-you-can-eat buffet, with re-fillable drinks, cost £8 each to enjoy - and enjoy I did!

            The selection of food available was excellent, with a choice of Indian food, Chinese dishes, pizza and pasta products, Mexican food, chip shop food, soups, grilled foods and salads (though I won't even pretend to have touched those!). There were also desserts available including chocolate fudge cake (which I took from the shelf, stared at for half an hour, and threw away - oops) and Bakewell tarts (which a friend of mine still talks affectionately about now!).

            The atmosphere is extremely casual - much like, as said before, a food court or a school canteen, and the food was of an unexpectedly high quality (though the Mexican food, my favourite, was the least up to scratch - any fajita-lover will know that wraps go stale after mere minutes, and the food was all left on the side). What surprised us most, however, is that all food is made on site, right in front of your eyes - we were impressed to see the pizza bases being spun when we'd expected the food to be bulk-bought.

            Part of the Whitbread chain, Taybarns is worth a visit whether you're feeding a hungry family or meeting up with friends. The average person supposedly eats 2.3 plates of food at Taybarns - I would've tried the dessert if I weren't too busy attempting to break the record on savoury food!

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            13.02.2010 19:00

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            nothing special my first visit it was disappointed dirty plates as well floor and pizza horriblethe worst pizza i ever had seafood very poorly .but to be honest helpfull staff .and who likes carvery it is good. ice machine just for number. some one who like a good meal it is not the place.

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            08.12.2009 02:28
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            Worth a visit...if you're rough and ready

            Okay, so, Taybarns time! Well, well...what mixed opinions I have. My boyfriend is a rugby player, and consumes more than your average zoo in a day, hence an 'all you can eat' restaurant was always on the cards for us!

            Basically, Taybarns is an 'all you can eat restaurant'. During the day, it costs £5.95 for adults, and this increases to £7.95 in the evening. For children, it is £4.50, regardless of the time of day. Drinks are also pretty cheap, and you can get unlimited soft drink refills for around £2 (There is Coke, Diet Coke, Tango, Sprite etc...each available with ice). The restaurant is self serve with regards to food, which means you collect your own food and cutlery. However, staff will take drinks orders from you (unless you buy them from the bar when you first enter), and they will also clear away plates that you have finished with.

            There are several different types of food available. A starter section offers soup with bread rolls, as well as salads and fruits such as melon. Then there is a great variety of main meals from a variety of different cultures. Some examples of the meals are pizza, curry, roast dinner (with potatoes and vegetables of course!), fajitas, chicken wings/legs, chips, jacket potatoes...the list is infinite. There is so much variety and so many side orders with which to compliment your meal such as potatoes, chips and salads. Finally, for dessert, there are a number to chose from. The desserts have changed everytime that I have been to the restaurant, although profiteroles and ice cream (with plenty sauce!) are always on the menu.

            With regards to value for money, Taybarns is excellent, especially if you're a big eater. You could literally spend the day there eating and spend nothing over £6 (without drinks!). However, the quality of the food is far below standard. Many of the dishes sit out under heat lamps for a long, long time. Therefore, the pizza and garlic bread always seem to be incredibly hard - they are hot on first touch, and then they cool down incredibly quickly (an effect of being left to stand for hours on end!) The food is generally tasteless (apart from the wonderful profiteroles) - but in the defence of the restaurant, it doesn't exactly have to be tasty to convince people to eat all they can for £5.95.

            The restaurant is very clean, and the staff (both those who wait on and those who work to serve up the food) are EXCELLENT. They are so polite, and I have rarely experienced such great customer service. Being from Wigan, I am quite aware that many people perceive Wiganers as rude and ill mannered, but the staff at this restaurant prove the opposite. The restaurant is situated right at the exit of the motorway, and hence I expect that many people from outside of Wigan visit this on entering the town. And if this restaurant is a first impression of Wigan, the staff go an incredible way to making sure that first impression is an excellent one.

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            18.02.2009 20:56
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            I would steer clear of this restaurant but Taybarns in general are pretty good

            I have visited a couple of Taybarns restaurants and always found them to be an OK place to eat if you don't want to spend a lot of money. Not a great standard of food, but that is what you expect at an 'all you can eat' buffet. During the day the buffet (which includes a range of starters and desserts) costs just under £6, and this goes up to just under £8 in the evenings. You can also buy bottomless soft drinks which you refill as many times as you like which I believe cost £2, although I chose to buy drinks from the bar as I don't like coke, lemonade or any other type of fizzy pop. The drinks are what I would consider to be restaurant prices - more than you would pay in the average pub but not completely horrendous.

            The Taybarns restaurants are easily identified as the exterior is painted bright orange (I feel very sorry for anyone living within sight of one, as I bet after its opening your property value took a considerable plummet) and to be honest they look like eyesores - not appealing at all, although you certainly can't miss them.

            This restaurant is attached to the Wigan Marus Bridge Premier Inn and it used to be a Brewsters pub a few years ago, until it was replaced by the bright orange monstrosity that is Taybarns.

            Taybarns is part of the Whitbread group, in case you're interested. This restaurant is located on the outskirts of Wigan, near Robin Park Retail Park and the JJB Stadium (literally a minute's walk away) so it should have good bus links. We travelled by car and the car park which is shared with the Premier Inn is absolutely massive so I would ever go as far as to say I guarantee you would have no trouble getting parked here.

            There is a huge range of food offered and you can refill your plate as many times as you like. One thing I do like about Taybarns is that, unlike lots of all you can eat places, the cutlery is next to the island of plates and bowls rather than at your table so you don't need to save your knife and fork when you get your plate taken away, you can just pick up clean ones when you get a clean plate.

            They do a bit of everything, and do nothing particularly well. They offer pasta, pizzas, chips, chicken, roast dinners (gammon or turkey), soup, salads, burgers, chinese, rice dishes, fruit crumble, chocolate cake, fruit salad and an ice cream factory...and I know I will have forgotten a few things too. The thing is, you can't pay less than £8 and expect to get Indian-quality Indian food, Chinese-quality Chinese food, Italian-quality Italian food etc. etc. all under one roof. I did not expect anything to be spectacularly delicious and my expectations were about right. However, it is cheap and cheerful and you are almost guaranteed to find something to suit everyone.

            It is not a Michelin-starred restaurant but it serves a purpose and on the night we were there (Friday) is was absolutely packed so it is obviously very popular.

            However, we did have some problems - one major and the others minor. I'll start with the minor things:

            - You were literally queueing out of the door to get a table, and it took upwards of 30 minutes to be seated, yet only about 2/3 of the tables were full at any one time. They need to work on a much quicker turnaround at peak times.

            - The service of drinks was horrifically slow, we waited 20 minutes then eventually went to the bar to collect them ourselves.

            - All of the staff looked extremely young. I would be surprised if any were older than the age of 18. While young employees in a restaurant is not unusual I think there should be a better balance of young and older just to create a stronger sense of responsibility (more of how this caused a specific problem for us later in the review).

            - The bar area is TINY. It would seat 10 people at the most, so it means you cannot stay for a drink after your meal, and there is nowhere nearby to move on to. This is the same in the 3 Taybarns restaurants I have visited.

            - They do not have highchairs, they have booster seats which I personally am not keen on.

            - A lot of the food, such as the penne bolognese, rhubarb crumble and the pizzas were really dry and overcooked.

            - The food tends to be lukewarm rather than piping hot.

            - They don't always replace things when they run out. They had ran out of chocolate fudge cake when we were there but did not put more out, they put apple pie out instead yet a lot of people were asking for the chocolate cake.

            - And here is my major problem....I have left this until the end to try to give a fair picture of the restaurant as it does have good points.

            A young waitress unloaded a full tray of drinks over my baby's head (literally directly above him). She put a full pint of beer and an empty glass with ice in down directly in front of him and he grabbed the glass of ice (thank god it was not the pint glass). This all happened in a split second, obviously I took it straight off him but what if he had knocked the pint glass over and it had smashed and cut him? While I was removing the glass from his hands she actually spilt a whole pint of beer over him, he was soaked from head to toe. I was so shocked I did not even complain, I simply left as I needed to get him cleaned up. If she had been older and more experienced I am sure she would have known a lot better but she did not seem to even understand the enormity of what she had done, and what could have happened. It was only by a fraction that the glass itself did not fall on his head - luckily it stayed on the tray. I kept thinking about what would have happened if the glass had fallen on him for days afterwards.

            After this incident I doubt I would return, although I accept it was bad luck and I'm sure this is not a regular occurance. Our evening was completely ruined by it though.

            I have rated Taybarns Wigan 2* due to bad training of staff, long queues and poor service. Other Taybarns I have visited I have not encountered these problems and would rate them 3 or 4* for the sheer choice of food and very reasonable price.

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            I wish they built one closer so I didn't have a 45 minute drive to get there, a great place for all.

            I came across Taybarns by accident on another website from someone asking if anyone had been and I'm very glad I did!

            Taybarns is using a style tried and tested in America by bringing us the all you can eat buffet, yes we have some over here already but these are now a chain meaning you "should" be close to one.

            I'll walk you though start to finish.

            If you get there during the week before 5:30pm then you will pay £5.95 any time after that or at the weekend then it's £7.95 and a flat rate of £4.50 for kids.

            From walking in you then pay and order any drinks you want, soft drinks are bottomless and you are just handed an empty glass which you fill up at the drink stations. You give your receipt to the lady (or guy) at the desk and find yourself a table. Paying can be a little slow sometimes as the front desk is also the "bar" so you only have 1 or 2 having to tend to both.

            All they ask is that every time you go back for more you get a clean plate, leave your dirty one on the table and someone will come clean it away.

            Taybarns boasts a 36ft long bar with different ranges of food from a grill to Chinese.

            The first section is quite obviously the starters, here they have two urns of different soups and freshly sliced crusty bread and butter, salad and melon bar.

            As you move along you come to the rotisserie where you obviously get your chicken which is cooked so nice and juicy, this is something I always go back for. There is also fish, battered in, well, batter or baked in lemon and thyme which I am told from my son is delicious. They often do chicken in different flavours as well but it depends when you go.

            Then there is like a side order station where you can get things like potato wedges, corn on the cob, chips and things, its hard to say whats here all the time because it changes.

            After this there is the Grill, they do beef kofka, BBQ ribs, sausages, burgers, chicken breast kebabs and veg kebabs/

            As we move down with our plate we then come to the pizza section, they are cooked in a wood stove and have a lovely stonebake taste to them. The garlic bread is lovely so goes fast! Pizza's come in a variety of flavours so I wont bother trying to list them.

            Ok, next station! Chinese, I'm not a Chinese food fan so cannot vouch for this bit but they have chow mein, fried rice, sweet and sour chicken and all sorts.

            Next station is the carvery, all the normal veg here along with turkey and gammon. I haven't tried the turkey because it always looks dry but the gammon is very tasty indeed, slightly salty but still nice. Yorkshire puddings are always very dry though from being under the heat lamps and just end up as crisps. Perhaps thats just because I normally go when not many are wanting carvery?

            Last but no way in the slightest bit least. The puddings!!!

            Well, for the youngsters there is an ice cream factory type deal like you get at Pizza Hut with sweets to put in, this proves popular with my two! They have bowls of fruit salad and profiteroles, victoria sponge, cheesecake, fudge cake, apple crumble and a few others along with warm custard and fudge sauce.

            Overall I think Taybarns is excellent, I went with an open mind expecting that for so little money I was going to come away wishing I didn't go but I'm really glad we found it. We've been 4 times now and its been spot on every time, there was once where the service could have been a little faster and we had to go back to our table while waiting for food to be cooked but it still tasted good.

            Taybarns gets very busy at the weekend, we decided to go last Sunday instead of cooking and there was about a half hour wait to get seated, they time people going in so that there is never a mad rush for the food. During the week is fine though.

            What I especially like about Taybarns is that all the food is cooked out in the open and you can see what is going on, everything is lovely and clean right down to the bathrooms. The staff are quick and efficient at getting tables cleared and always ask if everything is ok.

            I've been reccommending this place to so many people so I thought I'd recommend it to you.

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