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Egg

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Please be so knid as to explain your whinge complaint and provide an alternative that is workable, profitable and practicle? Employing Micchael Caines MBE as Catering Director could be a little bit of overkill for football ground catering.
You jest, but why not consult Michael Caines?! He was very supportive of the club in the early days of the Trust, it would be good PR for both parties, and, as Max suggests, there's plenty of room for improvement. I remember him being consulted by the RD&E 10-plus years ago when the hospital was looking to improve its food offering.
 

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I remember about 15 years ago when Little Chef got Heston Blumenthal involved to revamp their image and menu.
There was a television documentary about it.
They let him loose on one of their branches i.e. Popham near Basingstoke.
We made a point of going in there a couple of times afterwards when we were driving back from Gatwick.
It was a success in the short term but it didn’t last though.
Heston might still be available.
I wonder how egg and bacon ice cream and snail porridge would go down on the Big Bank?
 

SaintJames

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Even a basic upgrade to the offering would help.

Surely our club could go further than a couple of microwave items and a bovril? It's 2024.

I've been to plenty of grounds that are bad, but I've also been to grounds that have offered proper burgers, proper pies, pizzas... it doesn't have to be fancy just beyond the absolute bare minimum.

Even some nice fresh chips with some options of sauces, or something like currywurst; street food that some guy with a hot plate can serve up on a Berlin street corner can achieve... whilst our large "kitchen" remains largely useless.

As usual, you have club acolytes like Holloway go on the defensive when actually this is feedback that could so easily be acted upon. This whole development is based on improving the facilities... the board are bigging up these kiosks, but I want to see a tiny bit of creative thought about what goes in them for once.

The catering at the ground has been a 1/10 for years, decades.

There are zero options for anyone with a food allergy in the Stanno Stand. Not great considering it's a family stand with kids. It's not even very hard, just stock more packaged goods beyond KitKats, Yorkies and Mars Bars with some random crisps. Had better choice at car boot sales.

I currently cannot eat anything in that ground because I'm celiac. I get it's more an edge case, I'm used to being limited to where I can eat but at least have a chocolate I can buy 😂 Before anyone says that it's fancy specialist stuff... it's not. A Crunchie or a Wispa would do... There will be others who have worse issues than me, but lets just cater for the fat blokes with a stomach lined with ale ;)
100% on the money. The food has been abysmal for many years. I get that there are space restrictions but a pasty, a sausage roll or a bag of crisps simply doesn't do it for me. Maybe I'm just too posh :)
 

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Could we encourage who stop at KFC on the way or one of the pizza places to come to Park and eat there? This is what we need to aim to do to improve match day income.
 

SaintJames

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Could we encourage who stop at KFC on the way or one of the pizza places to come to Park and eat there? This is what we need to aim to do to improve match day income.
Buld it and they will come. If better food is available people will buy it
 

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I've not been in the BB or Main stand for several years, but here's my thoughts on the Stanno stand.

Firstly, for me the bar and refreshment hut should be switched around. The queues at the latter are always so long, that I simply don't bother. The bar does get busy about 30 mins before matches, but I think it's over complicated in there with too many options. Any large event will sell one lager, one beer and one cider. The simplicity of that must make it easier, enables staff to pre-pour pints and the footprint wouldn't need to be so large. That would then mean the larger bar area could be devoted to food and hot/soft drinks, allowing more staff / customer contact points and possibly a greater range of food.

There should also be a small, dedicated stall aimed at kids, with sweets, crisps, soft drinks etc. This could be as simple as a table in the Junior Grecian bit. This would be popular among kids, but also reduce pressure on the main refreshment area.
 

Oldsmobile-88

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In RaWZ we trust....Amen.
Already in place and could even 'possibly' be open for tomorrow's game. It's next to the Match Day office, just beyond the trurnstiles for the Nevada Stand and should double the capacity for that area.
Not open tomorrow Andy. Next Saturday also looks unlikely at the moment.
 
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I remember about 15 years ago when Little Chef got Heston Blumenthal involved to revamp their image and menu.
There was a television documentary about it.
They let him loose on one of their branches i.e. Popham near Basingstoke.
We made a point of going in there a couple of times afterwards when we were driving back from Gatwick.
It was a success in the short term but it didn’t last though.
Heston might still be available.
I wonder how egg and bacon ice cream and snail porridge would go down on the Big Bank?
Soon after Little Chef went down the swanny
 

wiveygrecian

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Tbh, I’m wondering why we don’t do more to improve the pathetic food offering in the ground

It really is the lowest level of options, I get the restrictions but it misses the mark once inside
Nearly every ground I’ve been too offers burgers and chips etc inside the ground . Why don’t we . The food on offer is nice but such a small choice
 

Oldsmobile-88

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In RaWZ we trust....Amen.
I currently cannot eat anything in that ground because I'm celiac. I get it's more an edge case, I'm used to being limited to where I can eat
There is Soya milk available in the Stanno Stand kiosk, Max 😎😁
 
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