Five Guys arrives in Reading

As nice as food is, prices are high. This meal cost £14.00.

Five Guys UK tastes just as good as the USA but the prices leave a bitter taste in your mouth! This meal alone cost £14.00 – bacon cheeseburger, fries and a refillable soft drink.

A couple of months ago, I read that Five Guys – an American burger restaurant – had at last arrived in the UK. This restaurant was a popular was a popular jaunt for me when flying in Florida so it was great to see fresh stodgy burgers being served up on home soil, along with skin-on fries. A visit was a must.

Even more exciting, just a few weeks later, was when Five Guys opened their second UK restaurant at the Oracle in Reading, replacing the uninspiring Ponti’s restaurant on the second floor of the shopping centre.

I visited for lunch during the week and was surprised. The restaurant looked just like those across the pond and the offerings on the menu were almost the same – if not limited. The hot dogs were crossed out with the message ‘coming soon’.

Value for money at Five Guys UK leaves a lot to be desired. Don’t get me wrong, the food is good (well, great) but at £14.00 for a meal, it’s not somewhere you would want to visit too often. This is, after all, just a burger and chip meal. My bacon cheeseburger (£8.75), fries (£2.75) and drink (£2.50) were all very tasty but just not worth the £14.00 paid.

On the plus side, everything is made to order. After a minute or two of waiting, your order number is yelled across the restaurant. At this point, you can collect your order from the counter. It’s handed over in a brown paper bag. Inside, a plain white paper cup contains a generous helping of fries and the freshly made burger is wrapped in foil. Only the drinks cups have Five Guys branding on them.

Drinks at Five Guys are thankfully refillable (and, at £2.50, so they should be) and the restaurant offers quite a snazzy drinks dispenser with no end of popular drink products – many with flavourings and many ‘diet’ products too.

So, all in all, a nice first visit but the prices alone would put me off of a return visit any time soon.

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