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“Lovely Beer Garden”
Review of Penny Black

Penny Black
Ranked #50 of 117 Restaurants in Bicester
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The beer garden is excellent for an outdoor summers day with a few friends and pints of cider! (plus the drinks are cheap!)
The food is average.. it does look microwaved at times. The nachos are delicious tho...
I am still yet to meet a staff member who looks like they enjoy their job, but hey! Cheap drinks and the sunshine is what I went there for.

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Thank Urqhart
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Reviewed 5 June 2018

A typical Weatherspoons, cheap drinks and food and quite good quality considering the price. One of the nicest steaks I've ever had in there was the 14oz Aberdeen Angus. Gets a bit noisy sometimes and attracts a few undesirables but generally good.

Thank Simon P
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Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

I am on slimming world and for several years when I want to treat myself I occasionally visit Wetherspoons

I always opt for the large vegetarian breakfast and for dietary reasons - slimming world reasons I ask for NO HASH BROWNS and NO TOAST but instead to have bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes ( usually pay for one extra side)

I was in a Wetherspoons just a couple of weeks back in Stamford and no issue for my regular order

Just dropped the wife off at work and visited the Penny Black in Bicester - got my table number and asked for my usual

I was told “we don’t do swaps anymore - you have to pay for your swaps”

I walked out

Worked out if I had of ordered the breakfast would of been the same price minus my hash browns and toast - yet I have to pay for bacon mushrooms and tomatoes

No wonder Wetherspoons came off social media - only the other day they took off favourites now you can only have the menu items as they are listed and if you don’t like something you can’t swap it - not even for dietary requirements- does that mean if I go in for dinner I can’t swap chips for jacket potato - we need to all be more healthy but now it’s gonna cost is more - not good at all

Along with this review - I have complained to the ceo of Wetherspoons and await their response

Thank JUSTIN W
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Chris H, Manager at Penny Black, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

Firstly let me take this opportunity to thank you for bringing this to our attention, We are sorry for the inconvenience and trouble caused to you on this morning!
The swaps that you wanted to make to your food should have been honoured and we are very sorry that this was not the case.
I have personally made sure that all of our staff are aware that this type of order can be requested!
We have also contacted you via email.
Kind regards,

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Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

Have been in the penny a fee times but today the service was very slow. Ordered via app. Cups for the arrived very fast. But the food took 35 min when we asked the staff where our food was it seemed like I was speaking another laungage . They were not interested. Will take a lot to go back there again

Thank Peter S
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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

We come here sometimes as we shop in the Sainsbury's nearby and sometimes stop here for a drink/lunch before we go home, I ordered just a portion of chips the other day and couldn't find any salad cream with the sauces (I know, salad cream with chips, but trust me, don't knock it until you try it!) I asked the girl behind the bar and she asked if I meant salad dressing, which they do in pots, so I said no, Heinz salad cream in bottles, and she had absolutely no idea what I was talking about and looked at me as though I was talking a different language.. I found that a bit weird but hey.. It also takes a long time to get served at the bar, even when it's quiet, we seem to be waiting for up to 10 minutes just to be acknowledged.. Still, convenient, with good cheap drinks!

Thank ElmoMasey
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