Today Dr and Mrs Fry had a spot of lunch at the Onion Deli in Aigburth, Liverpool. It had excellent reviews on TripAdvisor, the fryup sounded nice on their website menu so we toddled down there to check it out.
|Full English – Quality pork sausages, smoked back bacon, black pudding, mushrooms, fried egg and homemade or Heinz beans with thick cut proper toast. Oh and a brew! £5.95|
I have to admit I was more than a little bit disappointed.
The home made beans were excellent, the single egg was lovely, the warm buttery toast was very nice, the mushrooms were buttery and very tasty but the black pudding and bacon were below average and the sausages were rather nasty and cooked very strangely, despite being described as ‘quality’ on their online menu. I would have liked some tomato and another egg, the price was actually £6.20, not £5.95 as advertised on their website. The free ‘brew’ was also not included.
This was not the only thing not as advertised. They are displaying 5* hygeine notices when in fact they were inspected in March and awarded 4*. This is quite naughty. The lavatory was rather dirty and the whole establishment looked like it could do with a good clean.
Some reviews describe this establishment as ‘shabby chic’, sadly it was more of the former and not enough of the latter. I couldn’t help but feel that it wouldn’t take an awful lot of work or investment to really smarten the place up without losing any character.
They also really need to seriously consider buying decent bangers and cooking them in a frying pan. I would have happily paid £6.99 with halfway decent sausages, an additional egg, half a grilled tomato and the aforementioned but sadly missing cup of tea included.
For the record Mrs Fry had a Frittata with a generous helping of assorted salads which all looked very nice and I am assured that it tasted good too.
The staff were extremely pleasant and friendly, but they do need to sort out the meat on their most expensive dish. Dr Fry gave you a medical today Onion Deli, it’s not terminal but you really need to think about making some changes.