The Preview Buffet Bar at The Venue, Cribbs Causeway, owned and operated by the owners of The Grand Pier at Weston-super-
It is a complete revamp of the Preview Bar and Grill on the complex near the Hollywood Bowl and Vue Cinema.
Diners pay the set price on arrival before helping themselves to the dishes on offer – everything from soups, salad, pizza, pasta, grills, Oriental wok dishes, burgers and traditional English roasts and a choice of desserts.
Preview Buffet Bar manager Dean Hawden says he believes the new concept will be hugely popular with visitors to The Venue – especially those grabbing a bite before taking in a movie or going bowling.
Dean said: “We are the perfect solution to the problem of everyone in a party fancying something different to eat. We have all been in the situation where someone wants a Chinese meal, but someone else wants pizza, another wants a roast and someone else is on a diet and just wants a salad.
“But now everyone can go to the same restaurant and just help themselves to their favourite dish from the buffet at an all inclusive price while our chefs keep preparing fresh food in the background. We have a pizza oven turning out fresh pizzas, wok dishes freshly prepared and children will enjoy building their own ice cream dessert from the ice cream machine.”
Another major plus of the Preview Buffet Bar pre-pay and self serve system is that there is no waiting for meals to be delivered to the table, or for the bill to arrive at the end.
Said Dean Hawden: “We recognise that our customers are out for a night at the cinema, or going bowling or popping in on a shopping trip and they want quick service There is no anxiety waiting for someone to take your order or bring your meal and no waving at people to get the bill or make a payment when you want to leave to catch the movie. Because you pay on arrival and the food is ready you can be as fast as you like or linger longer over a drink.”
The menu includes starters including a choice of soups and salads and a tempting choice of desserts, including a children’s ice-cream machine.
Prices vary depending on when you visit and are £5.95 for as much as you can eat on Monday to Friday 11.30am – 5.30pm; £7.95 on Sunday to Thursday evenings, and £9.95 on Friday from 5.30 pm, all day Saturday and Sunday until 5.30 pm and on Bank Holidays. Children under 10 years old eat for £4.95.
The menus vary with extra dishes to choose from in the evenings at weekends with a larger carvery selection on Sundays for those who want traditional roasts.
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