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All you can eat!
Member Name: meganstrong123
Advantages: Cheap, good value for money, EXCELLENT staff
Disadvantages: Food is pretty bad, tasteless - but what do you want for £5.95!?
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.
Summary: Worth a visit...if you're rough and ready