Wright Bros.

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Thursday 14 December 2006 4.45pm
You can read my review of Wright Bros. on the restaurant review area.

Has anyone else eaten there and been apalled by the service. Foods not bad,service sucked!
But seriously what is happening to Borough Market! It's my local market but I am increasingly feeling like I am a sign not a local.
After being asked to stand by the door after sitting and eating at Wright Bros.- about to have another 5 glass of wine we decied to leave and a have a drink at the Rake, which I liked before but frankly is rubbish now! The staff there were FAR more interested in what they were all upto after work rater than serving the hoards of thirsty punters. And the cheapest snack is a small box of 3 crisps!! WHAT is going on! Is there anything wrong with Walkers or Tyerells for 80p!

Is it me or is there a sea change on the horizon?
Thursday 14 December 2006 5.11pm
Sounds like Yippification looms.
Thursday 14 December 2006 5.11pm
OOps. I mean YUppification.
Thursday 14 December 2006 8.11pm
BM and [IMO] particularly the peripheral and associated businesses around it that are clinging on to and benefitting from its reflected glory, have acquired a reputaton for high prices, not always justified by good quality or variety.

I feel a bit disloyal here, because I have an indirect association with the creation of The Rake, but have to agree with the comment about the staff and the over priced crisps - though they are quite good [the crisps that is]...Walkers just would not fit with the rather specialised product offering there. However 3 a pot is taking the wee wee...
Friday 15 December 2006 10.17am
The BM businesses cater for the occasional visitors. You know-the ones with more cameras than purchases.Or the mwah mwah fashionistas who ponce about as if they were in a souk in Marrakesh.

So they wouldn't notice the offhand service.

But as someone who shops there regularly I do..

They friendly ones, Maria from the Cafe, Kevin at Turnips, all Monmouth and Neals yard, Leigh at Flour Power, Gerhard at Konditor and the main men at Applebees Fish and Brindisa get my dosh with pleasure.

I would love a scheme where locals get some sort of recognition for day to day support. Maybe a loyalty card that allows us to special events / parties? A gift after 20 purchases? A reason to talk to the stallholders and businesses.
Monday 18 December 2006 4.19pm
We went to Wright Bros, just for drinks a few weeks ago and had no problems at all, although it's not cheap.
It was a Monday night though and empty.
I completely agree with you about Borough Market though. I used to love going there, and now I just can't bear it. It's too crowded, full of tourists and some of the stalls are incredibly expensive. Went there a few fridays ago to get some vegetables from, the big stall near Furness Fish, I forget the name, and ended up spending over 20 quid on basics and I was dismayed by the quality- not very fresh.
People like Jamie Oliver have really promoted Borough Market and buying fresh food which is brilliant, however, I think it is in danger of becoming a victim of its own success. I agree that some kind of local residents loyalty card would be very welcome. I just can't afford to shop there all the time anymore.
Monday 18 December 2006 4.33pm
(It's been said before - not by me - but I heartily endorse it from my own experience)

Great Suffolk St (is nearer to you than BM, and) has a decent greengrocer and a good butcher. Much cheaper than BM.

...if you press it, they will come.
Monday 18 December 2006 5.04pm
I agree with all the above.

I used to buy a bag of bacon scraps for bacon sarnies for 1 from the Ginger Pig. Now I need a second mortgage for a dozen sausages.

Suffolk Meats on Great Suffolk Street is easily the same quality as BM, about 1/4 of the price and 5 times the quality of service.

We'll be having rib of beef from there on Christmas Day - I know its unusual, but the only reason anyone has Turkey is go have the sausages wrapped in bacon....!

Regards,

Loafer
Tuesday 19 December 2006 11.51am
phoenix wrote:
The BM businesses cater for the occasional visitors. You know-the ones with more cameras than purchases.Or the mwah mwah fashionistas who ponce about as if they were in a souk in Marrakesh.
So they wouldn't notice the offhand service.

But as someone who shops there regularly I do..

They friendly ones, Maria from the Cafe, Kevin at Turnips, all Monmouth and Neals yard, Leigh at Flour Power, Gerhard at Konditor and the main men at Applebees Fish and Brindisa get my dosh with pleasure.

I would love a scheme where locals get some sort of recognition for day to day support. Maybe a loyalty card that allows us to special events / parties? A gift after 20 purchases? A reason to talk to the stallholders and businesses.

This might interest you: http://www.wedgecard.co.uk/
Tuesday 19 December 2006 2.16pm
Ivanhoe wrote:
(It's been said before - not by me - but I heartily endorse it from my own experience)
Great Suffolk St (is nearer to you than BM, and) has a decent greengrocer and a good butcher. Much cheaper than BM.

Hallo Ivanhoe,
Where abouts is the greengrocer on gt Suffolk St? I want to get my Christmas dinner veg later this week, recently moved across the postcode and not explored Gt Suffolk St yet.
Cheers
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