Yes, we have no bananas

Well not actually bananas but a situation experienced by myself and Michael just recently made me think of the novelty song from donkey’s years ago which I sometimes heard on the radio when I was a kid. Some of you may remember a post I wrote last November when a certain pub/restaurant we went to had no chicken tikka, no chicken pie and no steak pie, fortunately something we both saw the funny side of – well we recently had a similar situation at the very same place.
Just over a week ago, on the Wednesday, Michael suggested that if I picked him up from work at 6pm as I was on my way home from my own job we could go for a meal – it was Curry Wednesday and we could get a meal and a drink for almost Β£2 less than the price of just a meal on any other day. The curries come with rice, a poppadom and mango chutney, however when our meals were served the mango chutney was missing. On asking the waitress we were told there was no chutney but we could have mint yogurt as an alternative – it sounded a bit yuck but as a dip for the poppadoms it was okay and the meals themselves were very nice.
Two days ago we went back to the pub/restaurant for another curry but this time, not only did they still have no mango chutney, they also had no mint yogurt, and worst of all they had no rice! Now Michael can be funny but still keep a dead straight face so when he came back from ordering at the bar and said there was no rice and we were having chips instead I was convinced he was winding me up but obviously he wasn’t – our curries did come with chips, and though I don’t normally eat chips they actually made a change and the meals were still good.
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Last year we put the shortage of meals down to the fact that the restaurant was closing for a month’s lockdown, this time we can only assume that the lack of some foods has been caused by various current disruptions in the supply chain, none of which are the restaurant’s fault, but with no mango chutney, no mint yogurt and no rice it did get us thinking – if we go there again next week maybe they’ll have no chips and we’ll just get curry!

19 thoughts on “Yes, we have no bananas

  1. Or maybe no curry and just a plate of chips πŸ™‚ I’ll have that earworm all day now…🎡 Yes, we have no bananas, we have no bananas today 🎡

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    1. I thought you might remember the song, it’s one of those silly ones that always made me laugh when I heard it on the radio. The curry was good though, the chips did make a change and for the price of the meal we couldn’t complain πŸ™‚

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  2. This was one of a large chain of pub/restaurants but there’s an Indian place just down the road from home, maybe we should go there and see what we get πŸ™‚

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    1. I doubt any Wiganers would come rushing over here just for pies, anyway the ones at this restaurant are made on the premises so not your common-or-garden chip shop-type pies πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  3. No chutney I could deal with, minted yoghurt is lovely but no rice? A dry item, purchased in bulk with a long shelf life . . . even with an imminent lockdown I cannot see why they would have intentionally run their stock down?

    Maybe their wholesaler could not supply it? I’m seeing unexpected ‘out of stock’ issues in nearby supermarkets and online also – mainstream media were full of the story this week that Nandos were short of chicken, so perhaps it is a combination of post-Brexit supply chain problems/insufficient numbers of delivery & lorry drivers? Who knows but slightly concerning . . .

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  4. You hit the nail on the head there Jayne, supply chain problems and not enough lorry drivers so not the restaurant’s fault.

    The other week I went out of my way to get to both of the nearest Tesco’s for some grapefruit juice but the shelves in both were almost empty of any sort of juice. I’ve seen empty shelves in Asda too but luckily none of the products were things I would buy. Michael was telling me the other day that even Warburtons are suffering, there are gaps in their production runs of some goods because the ingredients aren’t getting through, they also have a shortage of wagon drivers and are offering top money for driving jobs.

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  5. No curry on curry night might just be the case next. 🀭 Glad you enjoyed your meals with chips anyway. I was lucky enough to have a Thai curry with rice….and Chips on Wednesday. Don’t be jealous now.πŸ˜„

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  6. Chips night?? πŸ™‚ Maybe sue them under the Trade Description Act if there’s no curry on curry night πŸ™‚ It’s not their fault though if stuff is being held up in the food supply chain and not getting through, I know a lot of places are in the same boat.

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    1. I don’t suppose it was the restaurant’s fault if supplies of certain foods aren’t getting through from the manufacturers/wholesalers because of a shortage of lorry drivers. Even Macdonalds have stopped selling milkshakes because they can’t get the ingredients.

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