Burgers & fries prices

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220 posts

154 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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If everything is fresh and tasty then £10ish is reasonable. What isn't are those offering frozen stuff for the same price. As an example, I worked with a business recently supplying a southern England pub chain with all their burger components. Burger, bun and chips were frozen, total ingredient cost was under £1.50 per burger meal to them including sauces, veg, cheese etc.., cost to the punter was £11.00, so 9.17 ex VAT, a GP of £7.67 per burger...It was also poor, the likes of GBK were far better for the same money. Nice business if you filled your restaurant, they didn't out of season; I suspect due to visits being one offs, rather than repeat locals who, like me, found it expensive for a not great burger.

hyphen

26,262 posts

67 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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Rodintee said:
What are people thoughts on 'fries' compared to proper chips. I'm always disappointed when fries are served.

Rodintee

53 posts

80 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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Sa Calobra said:
Where's that? I could do with that while waiting for my son's Beavers group to finish

(Beavers as in Cubs guys).
Market Vaults in Stafford. Cracking music venue too.

brianashley

500 posts

62 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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"5 guys", good if you want very nice peanuts for free . The food is about 1.5 steps up from burger king . I went to a few of the street hipster food pop up type events . What a FFNN mess. They all seemed to be clones of each other ."Fat " seems to be the "new slim" silly jumpers and beards, fake glasses and kung fu tattoos . We splashed out loads trying as much as we could eat. None of it was "amazing" People via social media are more interested in the concept/trend than the basic product .

Granfondo

12,241 posts

183 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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cbmotorsport said:
There is though, very little excuse for a meagre portion of chips/fries.

A bag of potatoes costs a fiver and will make about 20 portions of chips.

I paid £2.80 last weekend for a large portion of chips from a chippie.
Wrong!
Marris Piper potatoes £10-12 per 25kg bag.

C70R

10,604 posts

81 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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I don't really get this increasingly common 'burger moan', to be honest. There are enough options at almost every conceivable price-point, that you can easily avoid paying more than £10 for a "burger and fries" if that's your objective.

GBK will sell you a perfectly decent burger, many times better-sourced and made than fast food, with fries for less than £10. If you want to sit in a restaurant and have your food brought to your table, you add a small % for service. When you consider that you can spend £5 to have "burger and fries" at McDonalds, that seems like a bargain to me.

I have been involved professionally with one of the higher-end chains, and know a fair amount about their processes. The way they choose their meat (specific cuts, personal relationship with the farmer, selected breed) to the creativity and ingredient quality that goes into their toppings, it's quite easy to see why charging £12-15 for a "burger and fries" is justified.

I ate at an Italian restaurant the other day that charged me over a tenner (plus service) for a handful of (very pleasant) gnocchi and some melted cheese - which in itself wasn't hugely surprising. By contrast, that £12-15 "burger and fries" looks like an absolute bargain.

Deisel Weisel

1,909 posts

161 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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Local kebab shop: ½ ponder cheese burger, plus chips and choice of canned drink , £6.80 served in a polystyrene carton.

How much would that cost from Macy D's / BK? I can't find prices on Macy D's website.

C70R

10,604 posts

81 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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And there you go.
A cheeseburger and chunky (skin-on) fries is less than a tenner at GBK. How people can call these places "expensive" is beyond me.

hyphen

26,262 posts

67 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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Deisel Weisel said:
Local kebab shop: ½ ponder cheese burger, plus chips and choice of canned drink , £6.80 served in a polystyrene carton.
Didn't get there in time for lunch? There should be a bit of cardboard cut out in a star shape on the window, saying lunch special of £3.50.

HTP99

19,608 posts

117 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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Mobile Chicane said:
Pub burger and chips is around £13 - £14 in my part of Surrey, if you can get a burger and chips at all.

Some pubs, notably the otherwise excellent Stephan Langton in Friday Street, don't offer this as a menu option.
Surrey here too, I love a decent Burger and will happily pay decent money for one http://whitehartwitley.co.uk/ does epic burgers.

Deisel Weisel

1,909 posts

161 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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hyphen said:
Didn't get there in time for lunch? There should be a bit of cardboard cut out in a star shape on the window, saying lunch special of £3.50.
So nearly half the price. There’s a Macy D’s at a petrol station, 2 miles down the road, so next time I’ll compare, see if it’s half as tasty. I want to eat at home, so 1 mile round trip to kebab shop versus 4 miles with Macy D’s is an extra 50p petrol and the meal would have got that much colder, on my return scratchchin


Edited by Deisel Weisel on Wednesday 26th April 13:11

hyphen

26,262 posts

67 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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McDonalds are starting home delivery, hopefully will lead to less yoofs hanging around in the evening on the high street!

Sa Calobra

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33,331 posts

188 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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Wendy's when it was in the UK was good.

5 Guys? Crazy expensive for literally a McDs competitor IMO, saying that how much is a McDs meal these days? I've not been in since they stopped the big breakfast (the only reason for an occasional visit)

Super Slo Mo

5,368 posts

175 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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croyde said:
I was working at the Palladium and we had a quick break for lunch.

There's a 5 Guys next door. I'd heard the hype so walked in.

Long queues and crowded tables full of people munching their takeaway fayre from paper bags. Then I saw the prices!!!??

Walked out and had a Maccy D meal for less than a fiver. Long queues, crowded tables and people eating food out of paper bags.
I was there a few weeks ago, we went to a little place over the road called Leon. It's takeaway only really, but they do nice mexican style stuff (ie beans, rice, meat etc) in a box. Tasted fantastic and was something different to the usual fast food fare.

5 Guy's is a bit better quality than Mac D's, although it's not better enough to justify the difference in price. I went to the one at Trafalgar square on Friday, as I was fairly late finishing and considered it a bit of an emergency (I don't often do fast food!). It was ok, burger was nice, spicy fries too spicy and don't really fit with a burger meal. Shake Shack is better, as is Patty and Bun.

FiF

40,879 posts

228 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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OK so I tend not to eat out at burger places, and seeing as a new place has just opened around the corner, link, compared prices. Ignoring any meal deals for a decent burger, with rare breed bacon on a brioche bun and proper chips is £12. BK is a gnat's over 7 quid, no idea about MaccyD frankly.

In the matter of the place linked I'd question their location, suspect they are expecting a fair bit of customers from uni students and staff, time will tell, but the quality is more than twice a BK Angus Smoked Bacon and Cheese which was the comparison.

So not sure that the OP's whinge is valid tbh.

cbmotorsport

3,063 posts

95 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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Granfondo said:
cbmotorsport said:
There is though, very little excuse for a meagre portion of chips/fries.

A bag of potatoes costs a fiver and will make about 20 portions of chips.

I paid £2.80 last weekend for a large portion of chips from a chippie.
Wrong!
Marris Piper potatoes £10-12 per 25kg bag.
It's been a while since I worked in the industry. They're still available for cheaper than £10-12 depending on quantity and supplier, but my point still stands either way.

TTOBES

608 posts

144 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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I often go to Honest Burger for a work-team lunch and I really rate them.

I went for lunch today as it's my boss' last week before he moves on and had the Karma Cola special for £13.50. It was brilliant.

I wish I had shares in the place, although I am not keen on their "our chips come free" way of thinking; their burgers are good but not £13.50 good!

tomtom

4,181 posts

207 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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Honest are very good. Byron the best of the larger 'chains' IMO.

C70R

10,604 posts

81 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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I still don't understand all the pissing and moaning. Yes, going to Five Guys sees you paying a tenner for McDonalds quality food - but it also makes you a mug who has fallen into the marketing trap. Otherwise, there are plenty of options at all prices, largely commensurate with quality.

What sort of meal, considering all overheads and costs of running a restaurant, do people expect for less than £15? I can't think of anything I've seen/eaten that blew a decent burger (of which many are available away from McDs, kebab shops and Five Guys!) away at this kind of budget.

vsonix

3,858 posts

140 months

Wednesday 26th April 2017
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Hoofy said:
Wetherspoons - £5.something including a soft drink. Burger and chips, on a plate, chips not in a mini shopping trolley. Tasty, didn't die. The rest can fk off with their tiny £10 burgers served with 3 "fries" because their chef is stuck up his own arse.

Greasy chippies are still doing burgers and fries (those awful skinny things) for about £4.

I'm in SW London btw.

Anyway, I've decided to NOT tip staff who bring me food in idiotic receptacles that annoy me.

Edited by Hoofy on Wednesday 26th April 10:12
100% if you're after a value burger, then Spoons. Under 8 quid (iirc) for a premium (blue cheese, tex mex etc) burger, onion rings and chips, small side salad and a pint of beer. Less if you go for a soft drink. About the same price as a Burger King, probably better quality too.