Bus Station meals
Travelling and eating inevitably create moments of competition. There are times when one’s schedule, often in tweaking-mode, can give some challenging decision making. Mixed with this scenario is the incredible mark-up on food anywhere within proximity of a major train station or airport. Thus finding the balance of being wise without becoming a spendthrift is greatly helped by some thoughtful customer-friendly product marketing and support services.
The Simply Food chain of travel-venue stores, operated by M&S, is an excellent example of this. A wide variety of products is available and often packaged with the busy, ” on the run” traveller in mind. Thus you can, for about £2.50/£3, have a reasonable and healthy snack – with minimum consumption time or finance over drafting!! A very thoughtful addition is the rack of plastic knives, forks and spoons along with napkins strategically placed at the exit with the compliments of M&S. If time permits, then doing some research in the locality near to the Railway Station or Airport can reveal more economic options. Taking a short walk can reveal more competitive prices.
In general, Public House Restaurants give good deals. It is worth stopping to eat at a town or village prior to the Station or Airport. This helps the budget as well as the parking. Requesting just a glass of water with a meal can be another saving. Having a budget in mind, really has assisted me over the years. Being involved with an international NGO, one is constantly thoughtful of the generous folk who have contributed ones funding. Thus the desire to make the pound/ dollar/euro do a good job before parting with it. My budget of £2.50 for a meal on the run may be slightly ambitious these days but it has in general worked.
Restaurant at Millennium Bridge
Just close to the Millennium Bridge, not so far from Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral is a pleasant coffee shop/restaurant. It is a spacious area with variety of seating formats for families, small groups and individuals. I find it a delightful oasis when in the city. They also have seminar and conference facilities in the same building.
The Gorge, Blandford
This restaurant has character and a lively staff willing to creatively come up with the customer’s dream meal if possible. It is rare that I have found such an interesting staff. On my first visit, after travelling a bit, I was looking for a reasonable meal. I mentioned what I fancied in response to the staff’s comment: “Try me” and just the meal I was thinking about was soon on the table and heartily enjoyed. Tailor-making menus in this friendly even humorous way certainly encourages future visits. The original choice is pretty wide and well priced for varying pockets. Worth trying out.
While hosting friends in my home town, I discovered this good place to eat which I had not tried before. At street-level is a coffee shop with a cluster of tables outside under a shade while upstairs is a small restaurant. For me it was great as the set up is simple but pleasant. There is a series of windows to watch life outside and the meal was well presented as well as tasty. I was particularly impressed by the flexibility of the staff and their warm welcome.