Well it's time again for me to be judgmental about another place to dine. This time, it is time for The Beaten Track in Shrewsbury which is part of a large chain of Fayre and Square restaurants.
I thought that this would be a nice place to visit next, as it is advertised as a cheaper establishment, that does not reflect on the food so it is an option for everyone, no matter what your budget.
The first time visiting The Beaten Track, I was happily surprised. Upon entering the main eatery, it was not too busy and I was served within minutes. The woman who served us was polite, and was happy to joke around (me and my friends were in one of those, I shouldn't be out in public because my jokes are so bad moods). We were informed of a half an hour wait, but undeterred from this we took our place in the outside area.
When the food arrived I was very impressed. I had the Italian Chicken, and the breaded chicken was bigger than my head. All of the food was gorgeous, and my had my friend slavering over his Breakfast Burger. I will note that upon request that no bacon was to be added to another meal, it was over looked.
All of our meals were from the 2 for 10 range, and there was no scrimping on quality or taste.
The next night, I visited the local cinema, and as The Beaten Track was right next to it, my friends and I decided that we should visit again.
Once again we were served by the same woman, however this time there seemed to be some panic or rush. There was still a half an hour wait, even though there was alot more customers to be served. Once again we were undeterred, as the film started in an hour.
After 45 minutes of waiting, our food was finally served however it seemed rather different. The sauce that was previously served in a small gravy boat, was dumped onto the plate. Our meals all came out at different times, and I had to wait until my friends were half way through their food to receive mine. The presentation, and timing were completely off and the waiters/waitresses seemed to be flustered. I will note that we arrived at around half 7 at this time, rather than 5pm as we did last time.
By the time that we had fully received our meals, and finished eating we were 10 minutes late for the movie but due to the beginning trailers it didn't matter.
The food was still tasty, and great portion sizes, the staff were still lovely but I think that due to it being rush hour, the care behind the meals had changed to just getting it out to the customers.
I would definantly recommend The Beaten Track, as the food was great for a wonderful price, but I would adhere to an early dinner or lunch to save the flustering service.
Quick note: You get a free starter when you review their service, and who wouldn't want free food?
For more information please visit - www.all-inns.co.uk/pub/the-beaten-track