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One of the main complaints you hear from visitors to Whitby these days is about the prices.
Whilst speaking to some day trippers last week, the conversation once again turned to the prices of the local restaurants and cafes.
“Where do they get their prices from ?” asked a disgruntled visitor from Yarm.
“Three pounds for a cup of coffee is just disgusting”, “and the price of fish and chips have gone through the roof, if it continues to be like this then we will stop coming as often”
It is also regularly commented upon that some of the fish and chip restaurants are now serving pollack but calling it cod.
One chap I spoke to explained he had asked for cod and chips and received a darker looking fish which tasted more like pollack.
“Ive worked in the fishing industry for 20 years” explained the gentleman “and I know pollack when I see it”
A recent topic on the well known commercial fishing forums – trawlerphotos.co.uk, suggests that the famous Whitby Restaurant Trenchers is actually misleading its customers over the market prices they have paid for their fish. Under a picture of market prices displayed inside the restaurant, One site member named – Croon Ball said “prices for cod last week at peterhead market was 2.80 to 2.50 a kilo. They should be made to prove what market that price was paid at”.
A second site member adds “Just had a look at Trenchers web site and menu,they are taking the ‘Micky’.
If the market that the fish came from was Whitby then I would tell all the fishermen to land there so that they can get best prices.”
“Sadly this is one restaurant that has now got ink in their face,They have no justification in charging those price’s.
The best fish restaurant at the market in Peterhead serves up the finest fish meals at good down to earth price’s.There is alway’s someone who let’s the show down.”
With overheads constantly on the increase these days, perhaps the local prices are justified. However the customer’s viewpoint must never be overlooked.
Prices are on the increase in Whitby and the complaints from visitors to the town do appear to be on the increase too.
I guess its tough to run a business in 2011 but any business who attempts to exploit the popularity of Whitby, may just come unstuck at some point in the not too distant future.
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