…or indeed any other international/domestic airport. When flying, it is not uncommon to find yourself trapped airside at an airport, bored and hungry, only to be tempted into treating yourself to a fryup. An ongoing study by Dr Fry has revealed that the fried food provided to captive audiences in airports is almost always substandard and more than often quite poor value. We looked briefly at fryups offered on aeroplanes in a previous post however the main focus of this study is what is being offered on the ground.
If you have a weak constitution or are planning to dine soon you may want to skip this article which contains some shocking images…
NB none of this selection included a beverage in the price, prices for foreign fryups are as reported at the time of the fry and quoted at the correct exchange-rate in force then.
Beijing – £10.00. This desperate interpretation of a fryup beggars belief.
Birmingham – £8.95. Horrible lake of beans being poorly contained by ingredients warmed up on a griddle. Very poor form.
Bristol – £11.00. Not too badly cooked (except for the raw tomato) and presented reasonably well, an awful lot of watery beans.
Capetown – £3.00. All things considered not bad value and a reasonable bash at a fryup but still rather an unappetising start to a trip.
Dublin – £9.00. Shoddy and expensive, no luck of the Irish here.
Edinburgh – £9.60. A stab at a Full Scottish but very poorly executed. the Haggis looks vile.
Gatwick South Terminal – £9.95 PLUS £2.35 for toast. This is truly lamentable, not even the lurid green light this was served under can mask the baked bacon and terrible value.
Glasgow – £8.50. They took the Low Road. Not very appetising.
Heathrow – £9.95. From the same stable as the previous Glasgow abomination but more expensive.
Johannesburg – £1.37. Unbelievably low-priced, unbelievably horrible.
Keflavic (Iceland) £11.36. Bork from the land of Björk.
Knock – £8.00. A bit petite and a bit rubbish really.
Leeds/Bradford – £11.50. Outrageous price for inedible tat.
London City – £14.95. This is really quite offensive, even the square ramekin looks ashamed to be sharing a plate with barely cooked flotsam.
Luton – £7.95. Not even slightly substantial but comparatively less expensive.
Manchester – £8.95. A greaseless desolate nightmare.
Melbourne – £12.00. the eggs don’t look to bad but I can’t help but wonder about the provenance of the sausage-shaped thing.
Stanstead £12.95. throwing chives at a fryup does not enhance it one bit, even a first-year student Veterinary Surgeon could make that bacon oink again.
This not very scientific ongoing study has revealed that you should expect to pay about £4-£5 more per fryup in an airport compared to a cafe, that the majority of the components are not cooked from fresh and more often than not are poorly presented/made with low-quality ingredients. You should also factor in the much higher cost of beverages and the nonsense prices you will be expected to pay for additional items such as toast or condiments.
It is clear that travellers are being taken advantage of by the airport catering industry and until standards and value are dramatically improved, Dr Fry recommends that you either have a nice big fryup before you leave home or try to find a reputable establishment en-route.
If you would like to contribute your airport fryups to this study then please fee free to post them up (with a price please) on the Facebook page for Doctor Fry.
Please also take a few moments to have a look at this delightfully scathing review of a fryup on a plane from industry expert and mystery-shopper extraordinaire, The Fry Up Inspector.
Thanks goes to the Fry Up Police for access to their picture archives for the above images as well as heartfelt gratitude and sympathy to all the fryup enthusiasts who contributed to this study.