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to think £12 for a burger and chips is pricey...

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RichTeas Fri 16-Nov-12 11:09:29

Haven't been out for country pub lunch for a while, and am a bit surprise that the standard price for a burger and chips in a nice pub seems to be £11-13...is that a bit much or have I just lost track of inflation? You can get a proper plate dish for £13-18 which is understandable, but burgers at £12...?

YANBU, I wouldn't pay that for a burger and chips either. I know country pubs can be pricey, but the chain pubs often do burger, chips and a drink for £6

squeakytoy Fri 16-Nov-12 11:13:04

The standard price in most pubs in surrey is around 9-10 quid in a decent establishment, so you must have been at a posh place smile

RichTeas Fri 16-Nov-12 11:16:10

Squeaky, that's what I thought (£9-10) but I'm noticing more and more are up at £11+ and not particularly posh, but obviously not Weatherspoon.

kim147 Fri 16-Nov-12 11:16:29

Which part of the world do you live in?
Up here in Yorkshire, you're looking at about £5 for that. In a nice pub as well.

kim147 Fri 16-Nov-12 11:16:58

I love Yorkshire smile

MummyPig24 Fri 16-Nov-12 11:21:24

Down here its about £10-£13 for a burger and chips in a nice pub. Doesn't mean the burger will be nice though!

Trills Fri 16-Nov-12 11:22:51

YANBU to think it's pricey, but YABU to think it's wrong to charge a similar amount for burger and chips than for a "proper plate dish", whatever that s.

If a "proper plate dish" is £13 then why should burger and chips not be £11?

What's the difference?

SamanthaStormer Fri 16-Nov-12 11:22:58

Yorkshire here too, and £12 for burger and chips seems extortionate! Even dead posh burgers and chips in a 'naice' pub would only cost about £7!
I love Yorkshire smile

I went to Byron Burger recently in Ken High St....and it was a lot less than that. Burgers were nice. Mind you, chips were extra.

Best go and see my Dad in Yorkshire!

RichTeas Fri 16-Nov-12 11:29:34

I need to move to Yorkshire then! Proper food and proper prices!!

MotherfuckingMorrisMan Fri 16-Nov-12 11:30:03

It's a round the same price in country pubs around here.

I know it doesn't make sense, but i would rather have something other than a burger and chips for the same amount. Burger and chips seems pretty unsubstantial, and nowt special. If I wanted a burger I would go to Macdonalds.

I also mutter under my breath if dd orders something simple like a spaghetti with tomato sauce - I can cook that at home. But that's not the point is it. I do though prefer to order stuff in restaurants which I never cook at home,

healstorturepeople Fri 16-Nov-12 11:31:38

I'm in the North East and have never seen a burger more than about £8. Usually around the £6 mark.

kim147 Fri 16-Nov-12 11:32:08

You can go t'pub near Ilkley Moor and get a giant Yorkshire with banger in middle covered in gravy for a fiver.

And you get brass band playing Jerusalem on top o'moor thrown in.

Real food up here smile

RichTeas Fri 16-Nov-12 11:32:35

Trills, by proper plate dish I meant leg of lamb or duck or something like that. Something which requires a bit of cooking. Let's face it, a burger is really no more than a warm sandwich and making chips requires no real culinary talent either.

kim147 Fri 16-Nov-12 11:33:30

I hope you get a naice salad with that as well at that price.

RichTeas Fri 16-Nov-12 11:35:07

Yes of course Kim. And organic too. What more could one want!

MaxPepsi Fri 16-Nov-12 11:35:56

I'm Yorkshire

Not sure where the other posters are but Posh Burger and chips in a 'naice' pub can range anywhere from £9 upwards. Usually upwards to be honest

I never order burgers for that reason. If I want a burger I just go to MuckyD's.

MaxPepsi Fri 16-Nov-12 11:39:25

OOh Kim.......I'm trying to guess now which Pub you mean smile

Is it the Cow and Calf - where burgers are over £9 or possibly the Hermit? which is bloody delish food but v expensive for a sandwich which consists of just 2 slices of bread

itsatrap Fri 16-Nov-12 11:41:28

Blimey - you could get a plate of carrots for that price!

ENormaSnob Fri 16-Nov-12 11:41:34

About 6 to 8 quid here.

(north west)

kim147 Fri 16-Nov-12 11:43:30

maxpepsi I might have made the price up smile

But you do get a gigantic Yorkshire pudding though with gravy. Not sure about the price though.

Think it's the Cow and Calf. Haven't been there for a long time.

MaxPepsi Fri 16-Nov-12 11:49:32

Ah I see Kim

If you've not been for a while I think you'll be in for a shock.

Lovely food still but you're not going to get a filled a Yorkie full stop, never mind for a fiver!

But having said all that, you get fantastic views on Ilkley Moor so still worth the visit grin

McChristmasPants2012 Fri 16-Nov-12 11:49:47

It may not be a beef burger but venison

RichTeas Fri 16-Nov-12 11:49:55

Cow and Calf burgers ... £9.25 - £10.95 getting hungry now !

PickledFanjoCat Fri 16-Nov-12 11:50:57

It's all poncetastic now innit triple cooked chips and homemade steak burgers!

If you want a wrong un there's only maccy d left.

Depends. What nationality is the burger?

FestiveDigestive Fri 16-Nov-12 13:09:14

It depends on the burger. To pay that much for a dry flat Iceland type of burger in a bun, with a pile of previously frozen chips on the side - yuck! That's the sort of burger & chips I would expect in a Wetherspoons/Premier Inn type of place and I think that a meal like that is ridiculously overpriced even if it around £6.

But for a big fat juicy home-made burger (full of onions,spice and flavour) that has been made with local beef and perhaps topped with crispy bacon, blue cheese and home-made salsa... With a pile of big fat roasted chips (potatoes still in the skin), maybe a bit of garlic mayo, some fresh salad on the side... In a few places local to me I would expect to pay at least £12/£14 for that and I would be delighted with it. [can you tell I am feeling very hungry at the moment?! I would LOVE a burger].

PickledFanjo - I've just realised I have just described a poncetastic burger!

Trills Fri 16-Nov-12 13:12:46

I don't see how burger with chips and salad is any less of a meal than meat with potatoes and veg.

theoriginalandbestrookie Fri 16-Nov-12 13:14:45

Worst is in those dead posh places where you get 6 chips stacked up like jenga blocks. If I have ordered chips I want a decent number of them and even if they are dead big 6 is not enough.

I really fancy a great big juicy burger with loads of onions and cheese, bit of garlic mayo... I'd pay £12 for that.

Cartoonjane Fri 16-Nov-12 13:25:41

There is a huge variation in burgers isn't there? If I paid £11 for a burger I'd expect a big fat one, possibly organic, to be asked how I wanted it cooked, to have it served with really good trimmings like homemade relish and proper homemade chips and a really good bun (not a floppy thing). I wouldn't mind paying for that. If I paid £11 and got anything like a MacDonalds burger or any thin, pre frozen thing I'd feel ripped off. In fact, I'd complain.

On a day out in Lake District we came across a pub selling food. It looked like a fairly bog standard menu but there was nothing under a tenner for an adult. We settled on a homemade Beef and Guinness pie with colcannon for me and dh ordered the mixed grill with homemade chips (its not a meal if meat isn't included according to dh). The kids had homemade chicken nuggets with chips. These portions were huge and the kids couldn't finish theirs. Everything was absolutely delicious. The pie was amazing and dh (green with jealously at me genius ordering) suggested that if I gave him the half with the most amount of crust on it then he'd let me have his bacon chop. grin With drinks it came to over £60 and it was money well spent. We can rarely afford days out but when we do we always incorporate a visit to this pub when we go to Ravenglass and travel on La'al Ratty. The kids never ask to go anywhere else.

pigletmania Fri 16-Nov-12 14:54:14

Crikey that's steep, that's the price of a burger and chips at hard rock cafe in london

theoriginalandbestrookie Fri 16-Nov-12 15:00:47

Ooh which pub is that Lookatall - We love the Lake District and are going down there between Christmas and NY?

FreudiansSlipper Fri 16-Nov-12 15:00:58

gastro awarding winning pub here it is around £9

another pub it is £7

I am in a very nice part of se london

Startail Fri 16-Nov-12 15:27:23

Leafy midlands and pub food is now £10-15.

Nothing cheap unless you are lucky and find a £8 lunch menu.

valiumredhead Fri 16-Nov-12 15:35:02

Just been out for lunch and it was £9.50 for posh burger and 'hand cut' chips at a 'naice' pub in the midlands. Even toasties were £6 ish.

Fluffy1234 Fri 16-Nov-12 15:40:19

I really fancy a burger right now, the bigger the better!

valiumredhead Fri 16-Nov-12 15:41:53

I have just a fab one with pickle and stilton - omg it was fabulous!

InNeedOfBrandy Fri 16-Nov-12 15:48:36

I would just like to say wetherspoons beef burger Topped with two bacon slices and a Stilton, Shropshire blue & spring onion sauce and Includes six beer-battered whole onion rings. Is pretty delish and under a tenner with a pint of cider. Not inceland type burgers at all.

theoriginalandbestrookie I think its called The Bridgehouse inn. Not 100%. If you turn left when you walk out of the station in Boot its the first pub. Its a big white pub. Try it, its lovely.

I had a cheese and pickle sandwich at a pub outside the Victoria coach station. FIVE POUNDS. ridiculous. But I wanted a pint (hours to kill) and had no cash on me, had to make up the balance and nowhere else around there took plastic so picked the cheapest and yet most filling thing I could find at a glance. The little salad garnish it came with was nice, but the actual sandwich was just....slightly stale bread with grated cheese and probably pickles out of a jar!

ah just cut open an orange and unleashed gorgeous orangey smell.

that's all you need.

theoriginalandbestrookie Fri 16-Nov-12 17:13:19

Great thanks DH loves Boot - he went to the Boot beer and sausage festival last year

bigTillyMint Fri 16-Nov-12 17:16:07

It's about a tenner for a ponce-tastic decent quality burger and chips in local gastro-pubs here in our corner of London.

I am actually drooling at the thought of FestiveDigestives burger.

Fuck me, I want one of those envy

bureni Fri 16-Nov-12 17:29:29

Quality burger and chips here (North Down) £5-7, local chippy does a lunchtime special burger and chips with a tin of coke/club for £2.80 which is as good as if not better than any I have tried.

riskit4abiskit Fri 16-Nov-12 18:06:21

I think wetherspoons beer and a burger are really nice, and no I don't work there .

(gets coat and leaves whilst whistling under breath)

ifancyashandy Fri 16-Nov-12 18:08:33

Just been for a date lunch and had a burger that was bloody delicious. Minced serloin steak. With amazing triple cooked chips and all sorts of poncetastic toppings. £18 of your British pounds. Chelsea...

InNeedOfBrandy Fri 16-Nov-12 18:11:08

Goes the the pub with riskit to eat lush gourmet blue cheese wether spoons burgers with a pint...

FestiveDigestive Sat 17-Nov-12 08:57:30

LauriesFairy - I haven't stopped thinking about burgers since yesterday grin. I am about to persuade DH that we need to go out for lunch so I order the burger I described. He will probably be surprised that I am thinking about burgers so early in the morning!

They're your pounds too ifancy grin they'd never get any of mine for just a burger!

I can get a veggie burger here for about £2. Win, I think.

crazycanuck Sat 17-Nov-12 10:44:52

I see your £12 burger and raise you the £4 can of Coke I saw on the menu in a cafe in Harrods last week!

mumsfretter Sat 17-Nov-12 10:59:48

I see your can of coke for £4 and raise you a "healthy breakfast" consisting of a bowl of porridge and some fruit with yoghurt for ........£19.50!!!! London Hotel we visited recently.

crazycanuck Sat 17-Nov-12 11:06:16

shock crikey!

forevergreek Sat 17-Nov-12 11:31:26

I think we have been living in London too long. £11 for a burger/ chips etc, and £4 coke seem average to me now.

I do LOVE visiting my parents though! Last time we went down we went to a bar and I was paying for a round of drinks ( i think 5 people), and the total for 5, was easily the same as 1/2 people in London! I think I had a spiced run and coke for £9.50 in my local pub recently, it's was £2.50 in Kent! My mother almost keels over at the price of water on London ( but actually doesn't seem to notice as much now se has visited lots)

RichTeas Sat 17-Nov-12 12:04:24

£4 for a can of Coke is ludicrous ! May as well go for a glass of wine, it won't be much more and is actually healthier.

maleview70 Sat 17-Nov-12 12:10:01

In our local on a Wednesday you get, burger chips and a pint of lager for £5.95.

Any other time burger and chips is £4.95.

At the best pub in town it's about £7

crazycanuck Sat 17-Nov-12 12:35:39

RichTeas I was going to go for the wine, till I saw it was £9 a glass!

ifancyashandy Sat 17-Nov-12 12:35:41

quirrel I didn't pay - it was a date! I win!

SamanthaStormer Sat 17-Nov-12 13:27:12

£9 for a glass of wine?! £4 for a can of coke?! faints
Seriously glad I don't live in London, that's ridiculous!! Approx £1.60 a coke in a pub/restaurant here, or £2.50 for a large glass of wine!

shockers Sat 17-Nov-12 13:50:46

Pipers restaurant in Garstang, nr Lancaster does amazing burger and fat chips (which I normally detest, but theirs are gorgeous!), on the lunchtime menu. My favourite is the one with the local blue cheese and a big mushroom.

I want one now.... right now.

With a strawberry milkshake.

(That would probably set me back about £14 with the milkshake, but it's worth it.)

RichTeas Sat 17-Nov-12 21:06:13

Canuck, I can only guess those are Harrods prices aimed at tourists. I imagine the Dorchester or other five stars might be up at that level, but it's a bit much for a cafe at the greengrocers!

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