I tried fry ups at Asda, Tesco and Morrisons cafés - and there was more than one disaster
Although I know many people who enjoy a supermarket café drop in post-weekly shop or in passing, I’ve never been one of those people.
I think I had a hot chocolate in a Sainsbury’s café once, while waiting for my mum to pay, but that’s as far as my dining experiences have gone at the supermarket - beyond sampling M&S’s Colin the Caterpillar frappe. I’ve heard mixed views on the food served at supermarket cafés, with some saying it’s cheap and cheerful, others claiming it’s cheap and nasty. And really, there was only one way to settle that debate - by going and seeing for myself.
I headed out on a mission to discover which supermarket had the best pitstop fry up, tasting offerings from Morrisons, Asda and Tesco, and was stunned to find just one - and maybe a half - runny egg yolk between them. READ MORE: Mrs Hinch new garden furniture range at Tesco includes egg chair and rattan set Not only that, but the components of a breakfast differ vastly depending on where you go and what time you eat it, and some won’t have half the ingredients in to make one anyway.
Having eaten three supermarket fry ups over the course of a week, it's safe to say that I probably won’t be doing it again any time soon - but one did stand head and shoulders above the others in terms of quality and experience. I stumbled upon more than a few hiccups along the way, from rock hard black pudding to a three mile drive to dine in. Here’s what happened when I ordered full breakfasts from Morrisons, Tesco and Asda. Morrisons The café in my local Morrisons store is currently undergoing a revamp, though a sign outside reads ‘your new look Morrisons café is now open’.
Honestly, I’d be interested to see what it was like before, because, despite the addition of some touch screen pads to order on, the rest of the venue still seems pretty dated and reminiscent of an all inclusive breakfast bar at a cheap Spanish resort. I quickly browsed a paper menu before ordering on a touch screen pad - something most of us are familiar with these days.
My first hiccup came when it asked for a table number and I didn’t have one, having not selected a table at which to sit yet. I peeked around the corner and saw table five was free, so entered that. However, as I was dining alone, I was unable to ‘save’ a table, and ran the risk of someone sitting down at number five before I’d completed my order.
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