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Bill's Produce Store and cafe, Brighton - Review : They must be laughing all the way to the organic produce bank

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You might think I was advertising Bill's Produce Store; well if Bill's cafe wasn't overpriced, overcrowded, and pretentious then I might be. I actually enjoyed the food that was served to me in this old warehouse turned cafe; I couldn't fault the chefs. The deserts are hugely over the top affairs and lovely to look at.
It was the attitude of the company that I took offence to. Don't let Bill's organic "come join our family" marketing fool you.

After being charged extra for a spoonful of maple syrup, I wouldnt suggest
Bill's cafe to anyone. Their prices sit on the high end of the scale, so they shouldn't charge extra for items that would naturally be included in a dish. Maybe its policy to serve dishes without the required dressings and sauces so that they can charge you for them afterwards. And the best part is that they dont tell you that youre being charged for these 'extras'. You expect these tactics in chain establishments but would hope for something better from a place that brands itelf in the way that Bill's does.

[And as a side note they are funny about people taking photos in their cafe... not as inviting a welcome as one would hope for. Shame on Bill's.]


Twiglet says:

Boo to Bill's!

7th May 2006, 08:18

BadJon2 says:

Thats right Twiglet

7th May 2006, 10:32

DB says:

They also sack their staff all the time, 3 in the last week. Most of the staff don't even get a free lunch or coffee and get paid the minimum wage. Happy families my arse. If my family treated me like Bills I'd get myself adopted

21st Jan 2007, 09:04

BadJon2 says:

Are you an ex-employee DB? Were you treated bad?

Or are you a current employee?!

21st Jan 2007, 15:33

Stella says:

Thanks for visiting my blog! I read your piece with amusement, I particularly enjoyed the "illicit cheesecake" photo! I've never actually eaten in Bills, the whiff of pretensiousness around it has always kept me out, but you've confirmed my suspicions about its ethos being more (expensive) style over substance!

25th Jan 2007, 15:19

anonymous says:

and by the way the foods not organic, its the same stuff as the open market just dressed up, and if you saw how the bacon was wouldn't go near the place

29th Apr 2007, 22:24

jc1000000 says:

I don't get why they wouldn't want pics of their food on the internet - my tiny brain can't handle the fact that a pedantic manager somewhere might worry about that to the extent of making a house policy. It is just so weird. The very thought is like the ultimate waste of synapses.

29th Apr 2007, 23:43

BadJon2 says:

So how exactly is the bacon cooked?

30th Apr 2007, 22:16

BadJon2 says:

I know JC, surely any place thats proud of its food would be only to happy to let people see how good it is...?

30th Apr 2007, 22:16

a mutual hater says:

haha ah man:D ausome,good on you bill is a dick and overpriced is a understatement

9th May 2007, 20:20

BadJon2 says:

Oh. What was your complaint?

10th May 2007, 20:46

BadJon says:

Seen what, Adopt a Family at Xmas?

16th Dec 2008, 00:46

BadJon2 says:

Sure thing spam guy Jayvon =D

5th Apr 2012, 06:03

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