Lunch stop-off ticks all boxes
IT was a Sunday lunch appointment that was completely and utterly unplanned.
Family matters had taken us to Carmarthen and while there, Morrisons beckoned.
Initially, the plan was to do a bit of shopping and then head straight home again. The first part worked relatively well, with only a few more items in the bag than was originally intended. So a bit of a result really!
But time was getting on and the sign marked cafe was beginning to have an impact. The exit door, we decided, could wait.
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We headed over to a well populated area, with an early problem identifying where to sit once the order had been placed.
But we were confident enough to join the small queue and take our chance.
Familiarity with the menu was nil and the thing about edging slowly but surely towards the person on the other side of the counter is that an announcement about what you fancy is imminently expected. It tends to concentrate the mind.
But as this was not going to be a leisurely Sunday lunch it did not really matter. My wife said ham, egg and chips (£4.35). So did I.
She was asked whether she wanted peas or beans. She said peas. So did I. A pot of tea (89p) completed the order.
Then we retired to one of the few available tables and waited. The length of time — 10 minutes plus — suggested we were going to get a freshly cooked meal.
This was confirmed by the blurb surrounding the cafe which said that everything was cooked fresh and to order.
And it has to be said the wait was well worth it.
The plates were generously filled.
The ham and peas were fine, there were two nicely cooked eggs and then there were the chips. And I have to say that if everyone served chips like Morrisons there would be few complaints. Crispy on the outside, with a light, fluffy interior. Pretty good!
In fact, all the main constituents are present in its offered line-up.
Don't expect the unexpected because you won't find it here. This is all about safe territory but is none the worse for that.
It is also about food we all instantly recognise.
Morrisons rightly takes its cafe operation very seriously and, judging by the heavily populated tables, is being nicely rewarded for its efforts.