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Question: Which on-train catering offerings would you most likely patronise?  (Voting closed: December 31, 2020, 01:46:07 am)
07:04 - The Continental Buffet by Pret a Manger - 3 (2.4%)
08:04 - Pullman Breakfast - 21 (16.5%)
09:04 - The Coffee Shop, run by our team - 14 (11%)
10:04 - McDonald's late breakfast wagon - 7 (5.5%)
11:04 - Wetherspoon's - 10 (7.9%)
12:04 - Toby Grill - 9 (7.1%)
13:04 - Taco Bell and KFC Combo - 3 (2.4%)
14:04 - Polly's Tea Room - 6 (4.7%)
15:04 - Afternoon tea from The Savoy - 3 (2.4%)
16:04 - The Ivy - 5 (3.9%)
17:04 - Burger King - 9 (7.1%)
18:04 - Oriental Buffet - 10 (7.9%)
19:04 - the "Rosy Spectacles" - menu to celebrate the BR (British Rail(ways)) Sandwich - 4 (3.1%)
20:04 - The Ritz Club - 1 (0.8%)
21:04 - "The Office" Tavern Car - 12 (9.4%)
22:04 - The "Pig and Whistle" - 10 (7.9%)
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« on: December 28, 2020, 01:46:07 am »

Imagine the ultimate privatisation of catering on trains - with a different product offered on each of the West Country expresses out of Paddington for the summer of 2022. Each of these trains calls at Reading, Taunton, Tiverton Parkway, and Exeter (where it overtakes the semifast from Paddington each hour, which carries on to Paignton), Newton Abbott, Totnes, Ivybridge and Plymouth, many running on into Cornwall.    There is time to eat between London and Taunton which will make the service attractive to members who use that as their railhead.

Select up to the eight catering products you would like the most to try.

Menu suggestions welcome.  Waistlines not guaranteed to be unaltered if you try out lots of these.
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2020, 02:11:15 am »

Lisa has just suggested that we provide catering on the semi-fasts too ..

06:24 - Kick Start from Starbucks
07:24 - Costa Coffee
08:24 - International House of Pancakes
09:24 - Irish Breakfast
10:24 - Late Irish Breakfast
11:24 - Crackerbarrel
12:24 - Harry Ramsden's
13:24 - Domino's
14:24 - Mr Kipling meets Ben and Jerry
15:24 - Cheese and Wine party by "Cheddar Gorge"
16:24 - Bloomin Onion from Outback Steakhouse
17:24 - Hooter's Happy Hour - all you can eat wings
18:24 - Red Lobster
19:24 - Before eight and other sweet novelties
20:24 - Gin tasting sponsored by Gordon's
21:24 - La Creperie Flambe - make you own
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2020, 08:09:02 am »

May I suggest member broadgage takes charge of OUR catering section.
Guaranteed to be a great success, which in turn would remove all the other caterers.

Vote broadgage NOW  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2020, 09:49:05 am »

Sorry if it sounds like a comment on a local election, but
None of the above
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2020, 09:59:25 am »

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17:24 - Hooter's Happy Hour - all you can eat wings

I think the RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers) might object to their members wearing low cut tops or bikinis to deliver food to your seat.  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2020, 10:20:19 am »

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17:24 - Hooter's Happy Hour - all you can eat wings

I think the RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers) might object to their members wearing low cut tops or bikinis to deliver food to your seat.  Grin

Ah ... I love the wings in Hooters.  And so does Lisa - it was her idea to have them take one of the catering slots.  They opened a restaurant in Birmingham many many years ago - one of a few in the UK (United Kingdom) and short lived - and Lisa and I happened to be there just as it opened.  She found herself interviewed on BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page) Midlands Today (I think it was) as the only woman customer in the place ... as it happens, a favourite from the USA where we ate there frequently in Naples.

The view suggested for the RMT takes a steroetype - quite a common one, I will admit, but there is that other view. You'll see the stereotype in early scenes in "Blended" and come to learn later in the film why all may not be as you had assumed.

I'm so glad that Hooters are pencilled in for the semi-fast not the express.  Gives me a chance (at least in my dreams) to sample their wings on my way home to Wiltshire rather than whistling through on some darned none-stop train.
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2020, 11:31:46 am »


Ah ... I love the wings in Hooters. 

Tut, tut - I thought Dennys would be more your style !!  Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2020, 05:11:30 pm »

Well, as we are considering trains to the Westcountry, surely we should be considering a purveyor of Pasties.😀
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« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2020, 05:52:37 pm »

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Well, as we are considering trains to the Westcountry, surely we should be considering a purveyor of Pasties.😀

...to say nothing of cream teas ("both ways") or cider!
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« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2020, 05:58:25 pm »

...to say nothing of cream teas ("both ways") or cider!

All prepared scones that have not yet been eaten must be turned over as the train crosses the Royal Albert Bridge.
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« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2020, 06:15:24 pm »

What about scones that are half eaten as the train crosses the bridge ? Sounds messy to turn over a half eaten one.

Clotted cream or jam on first, depends IMHO (in my humble opinion) on the relative textures of the two products, not on the location. Put the firmest on first. Trying to apply very solid clotted cream over runny jam is futile, as is solid jam over runny cream.
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A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2020, 11:11:22 pm »

Wot, no morning offer (before 11:00) of Gregg's bacon roll + coffee?
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« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2020, 06:40:14 am »

Trying to apply very solid clotted cream over runny jam is futile, as is solid jam over runny cream.
I withdraws my vote for member broadgage! (Been watching Worzel Gummidge, apologies)
Local Cornish produce would produce nothing runny; it would always be firm.
Jam first.  Grin Grin
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« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2020, 08:28:14 am »

May I suggest member broadgage takes charge of OUR catering section.
Guaranteed to be a great success, which in turn would remove all the other caterers.

Vote broadgage NOW  Wink

Beat me to it - but I think people may quickly tire of a menu consisting of Fillet steak and Port?

 Wink
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« Reply #14 on: December 29, 2020, 09:45:32 am »


Beat me to it - but I think people may quickly tire of a menu consisting of Fillet steak and Port?

 Wink

Perhaps a free Port with every steak!
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