The Scone Chronicles – 31

First, let me apologise for the lack of scones, or even baked goods. once again. It was always my intention to concentrate on scones. I like scones. But somehow they have taken a back seat. In Spring I promise to return to scones.

Second, please accept my apologies for the complex timeline. This report goes back to the time, a couple of weeks ago, when I couldn’t get onto WordPress.It should really be number 29 but two others slid into place – the dry Lemon Drizzle Cake and the Biscuits with Sparrows. Chronologically this post comes just after the coffee at Springfields.

And having explained all that, I have just noticed there are two Scone Chronicles XXVII. I’m not going to go back and correct the errors this causes, and I’m not going to get upset. A mild tutting sound is all that you will hear, as I am a reformed character.

Sadly I won’t be able to take you through it in detail, but I thought a few points were worth making.

While we were at Springfields we decided to eat before we left and then have soup in the evening. We like Frankie and Benny’s though we do tend to question the value for money. This is based on cost, portion size and the fact we can still remember when you could get a decent plateful for under a pound. Yes, the curse of the old age grumblers has caught up with us.

The thing about Springfields is that the staff are always top class, and it’s a pleasure to be served by them. (If anyone from Frankie and Benny’s reads this, I am available to write reviews and other stuff in return for free food and cash – just thought it might be worth mentioning).

We had the standard burger, because it’s a decent meal and reasonably cheap. They were doing a few Vegan things, but I can’t really remember the menu, apart from the Beetroot Burgers (known as the Smoky Beet Burger). My lifelong loathing of beetroot will ensure that the thought stays with me for a long time.

There was a time, several years ago, when F&B used to do a delicious sticky red sauce, a bit like sweet chilli. Then they dropped it for a cheap imitation, then went to something pink and toe-curling. Look at the two pictures. One is of the burger and fries when we had it about a year ago. The other is now. Can you see a difference?


Last year’s burger and chips and sauce

Disregard the chips. They came in the same size container but I turned them out before I took the photo.


Burger and Chips. Tasted nice but didn’t exactly fill the plate.

That’s right, there is no sauce at all. And come to think of it, there are several other differences. This is known as shrinkflation. They rely on customers with bad memories, but I took photos which, by accident, show it in action. But lots of people do it, so let’s not blame F&B.

On the other hand, they are still responsible for depriving me of that delicious red sauce…


12 thoughts on “The Scone Chronicles – 31

  1. The Belmont Rooster

    Very good! I have noticed slight changes in different places I eat at, especially if it has been a while since my last visit. Staff changes seem to make a difference in the quality of what you get as well sometimes. Maybe the person who waited on you forgot the sauce. I wonder what would have happened if you asked for sauce? Would they have charged you extra? Try that next time and see what happens. I am curious…

    1. quercuscommunity

      I asked for brown sauce and they brought it, so I did not have a sauceless meal. Burger King and KFC are both starting to try charging for sauce again, dressing it up as “dips”.

  2. Helen

    I hadn’t noticed the error in counting. I just see the ‘Scone Chronicles’ part of the title and know I am going to enjoy the post.

    Sorry you didn’t get any sauce with the burger and chips.

    I haven’t eaten at B&J for over 20 years – I seem to remember the portions were huge at that time. Maybe if they are now smaller, I might be able to finish the meal.


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