Lack of decent places to eat in Wrexham town centre

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  • #103701

    EosPengwern
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    Is there only one parking space then ?

    There are three of four places where you can park without going through the gap, but if they are full then there’s nothing for it but to breathe in, retract your mirrors and hope for the best.

    #103723

    Andy
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    How about a Wrexham brewed ale to go with your Kebab.

    #103726

    jamesbwxm
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    Errr, thanks Andy. The tenner’s in the post yeah?

    #103771

    wrexview
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    Bacchus in Brook Street next to Scotts was closed because they didn’t actually cook any food , they imported it from the Chinese across the road !

    #103783
    Alunh
    Alunh
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    There are many reasons why there are no really good eating places in Wrexham not the least the same reasons that prevent other businesses from operating in the town. Good eating places tend to cook their food on demand and the time-gap between sitting for the meal and the completion of the meal can be well over an hour. This means that the take per seat per hour is inefficient when set against cost.

    When I worked in Rhyl, the restaurant owner used to provide alternative menus for the punters and during the peak hours the only meals available were fast turnaround meals; grills, for example, suddenly went off the menu. This has encouraged restaurant owners to locate outside the town where costs are relatively low.

    #103784

    EosPengwern
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    It doesn’t explain why this is a peculiarly Wrexham problem, though. Shrewsbury, where I live now, has a dozen or more lovely restaurants in the town centre, and even Mold has the Fat Boar which is a great deal classier than anything in Wrexham (with the possible exception of the Lemon Tree, which is after all just on the wrong side of the ring road).

    I suspect Wrexham’s specific problem is the general downgrading of the town centre that took place during the 1990s and 2000s, while so much of the centre lay in ruins. That was a long period of decline, and any recovery will take a long time. The strategy of encouraging a lot of clubs and bars to open around the High Street area, and of getting more students into the town, has no doubt delivered some short-term growth but it’s offputting for the sort of clientele who would patronise more up-market restaurants.

    #103787

    Adam
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    The decent chain restaurants (such as Zizzi, Carluccio’s, Loch Fyne, etc) will look at both the demographics of the town and the success of any competitors in the vicinity. There are currently no (what I would classify) decent chain restaurants in Wrexham.

    Then you have the independents. They have the advantage of looking past the statistics and through local knowledge would know that a significant proportion of locals travel out of the area for good food. It would still however be a real leap of faith to start up something in the town and if it was my house being re-mortgaged then I’d probably prefer to set up somewhere more established too.

    I can’t imagine any of the up-market chains taking a punt on Wrexham any time soon so it’s left to the private landlords (such as Eagles Meadow) to make attractive enough for 1 or 2 to set-up. Then hopefully, that might create the momentum needed to persuade others.

    #103788

    Parking1
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    I was the assistant “chef” at the Eat Easy when I left school. 17&6 for the TBone (most expensive thing on menu)!Always busy there.

    #103793
    Rob
    Rob
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    Errr, thanks Andy. The tenner’s in the post yeah?

    Someone earlier said something along the lines of ‘have you seen that spoof beer posted up?’

    Pointed out it is actually proper! Any pointers where to tell people to get a pint?! :)

    (Wrexham.com'er - email us on news@wrexham.com)

    #103801

    Andy
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    Royal Oak High street may be serving Pie and chips ale Rob.

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