Peckham's on Glassford Street is one of those places I head to to sit and write/read after work, getting a bite to eat and something to drink whilst killing time until my other half finishes and we head home from the town...
The service is sometimes good, sometimes a bit lacking. It dips into the 'lacking' section a bit more though. Some members are pretty attentive, some distant, bored and miserable. You could be sitting for ages to be seen to, sometimes they're pretty on the ball.
The smiles are a bit forced but I work in retail, I know what that's all about. It doesn't overly bother me to be honest, it's probably something they're asked to do by management. If they have management.
Yes the food is microwaved. Big deal. It's more reasonable than say Tinderbox when it comes to the coffee shop/eaterie department and with a wider range too. Sometimes the Spanish omelettes (tortilla) taste amazing. Sometimes they're completely tasteless and undercooked. The jacket potatoes, most of the time, are filling as hell, with a generous amount of toppings and half a plate of side salad. Don't think of getting a dessert if you get served a mammoth sized jacket potato! Veggie and meat lasagne pretty OK too most days...
The desserts cabinet is always tempting. Sometimes nice, sometimes 'meh'. Oreo cake, creme brulee cheesecake, fresh cream Victoria sponge... all good when they have them in (there's no regularity to what they have in) A mango cheesecake that had no taste of mango in it at all is where the 'meh' comes in!
Sometimes you'll get a pot of tea that'll give you a few decent sized cups. More often you'll get one that's tiny, with even tinier cups that make you *think* you're getting three cups out of a pot, but you're really getting one normal sized cup... Hmm...!
The music is usually a saving grace, they play a mix of stuff (and a lot of the times the CDs jump, which makes me laugh anyway!)... unlike Tinderbox who have the same selection of music in the same order for months on end (which is highly annoying when you frequent them!)
The ambience is a bit low-light. Bit too low light for reading/writing in but it's not unbearable.
Perhaps you can see why my title of hit and miss" from the above review.
Don't think of this as fine dining, to me it's no more than a coffee shop with snacks, and a place for people to chill out after work rather than a place for a romantic or exceptional meals...
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