Harden's survey result
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Explosive growth has “lost the identity and special character” of this easygoing chain, whose cooking is too often “barely average” nowadays; the rustic interiors are “still fun and appealing” however, and – for family-friendliness and “a large variety of breakfast options” it still wins many nominations.
It’s still praised for its “quirky” brunch options and “super kid-friendly” style, but this is a chain whose easy-going appeal risks being entirely lost in the dash for growth – increasingly, reporters find it “completely fake”, and say the food is “very ordinary”, or even plain “grim”!
The “buzzy” branches of this fast-expanding chain – “decked out like an old-fashioned produce store” – make great standbys for “easy-going” occasions; “fantastic” breakfast and brunches are a highlight.
Bill's (Group) Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Went to the Baker Street branch which was very busy. Food was good. I had the vegan option which was good although lacking in flavour. Service was hassly and not great - again. Time to give it a miss for a while again, I think."
"Spectacularly underwhelming. The most disgusting breakfast ever (unripe but browning avocado, dry toast, terrible coffee). To top it all the waitress asked how the food was and when I said terrible she ignored me (she didn't bother to listen to my response) and asked the same question of the next door table. I called her back. Manager didn't bother to come over. These guys don't deserve to be in business given the competition."