£3.99 for all you can eat pizza - bargain? Blog Discussion

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This is a chat forum discussion on Martin's '£3.99 for all you can eat pizza' blog which you can read here.
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  • £3.99 for unlimited pizza. Bargain if you ask me.
  • BossybootsBossyboots Forumite
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    Martin makes a good point though that the quality of the pizza is definitely lower on the buffet. Also, there is limited choice particularly for vegetarians and at busy times the buffet can frequently be totally empty as it is not replenished fast enough.

    In my experience, Pizza Hut is not a place to go during the school holidays unless you are taking your children and don't mind the crush and the long wait to get anything to eat.

    Does this pizza buffet replace the pizza and salad buffet does anyone know?
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    I think I'm proud to say that, although my pizza hut visits average at once or twice a year, its been many many years since I ordered anything except tap water to go with my buffet. Do I get my MSE bonus points now? :money:
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  • Amba_GamblaAmba_Gambla Forumite
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    for £3.99 you can't go far wrong. A lunch for £3.99, you'd be hard pushed to get a decent sandwich, a bag of crisps and a chocolate bar
  • KizzyK_2KizzyK_2 Forumite
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    Bossyboots wrote:
    Martin makes a good point though that the quality of the pizza is definitely lower on the buffet. Also, there is limited choice particularly for vegetarians and at busy times the buffet can frequently be totally empty as it is not replenished fast enough.

    Does this pizza buffet replace the pizza and salad buffet does anyone know?


    The 3.99 deal is only for the pizza, for salad and pasta is still 5.49.

    As an ex employee I can say that the quality is lower. The pizza is cut up in to more pieces so that it goes further (no one likes taking too much in case they are seen as greedy :rolleyes: ) The “high cost” meat (the chicken) doesn’t make an appearance as it’s a way to keep the cost down, less cheese is used, the small plates are used and its just a way to use up ‘old stock’ in the kitchen (stuff that’s been out of a tin for more than 24 hours)

    We couldn’t make a new pizza until a pizza had been completely eaten off the buffet table. And as they take 7 minutes to go through the oven it can lead to a lot of waiting around which when you have kids they get full up on fizzy drink.
    The tables in my old restaurant were positioned so that people would have trouble getting up and getting to the buffet table and would just give up. Unfortunately this lead to me not seeing a family who had seated their selves at the back one busy Saturday evening and they didn’t get served for 40 minutes (left the restaurant in a huff). But as I pointed out, we ask them to wait for a reason at the front to be seated so we know who’s sitting and where they are.
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  • tee_pee_2tee_pee_2 Forumite
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    I had the buffet last week and £399 seems cheap until you get a drink £1.79 for a soft drink and then I had the salad £5.49 do altogether it wasn't that good a deal £13.00 for our lunch!!
  • PulsePulse Forumite
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    It certainly doesn't work out cheaper I would say! Although if you fancy pizza, you wont get a much better deal... What I normally do is eat and get no drink at all (or me and the OH share, as its normally so busy they wont notice), then it's ok. If I get no drink, I have a drink in the car, so can drink that :)
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    Pulse wrote:
    It certainly doesn't work out cheaper I would say! Although if you fancy pizza, you wont get a much better deal... What I normally do is eat and get no drink at all (or me and the OH share, as its normally so busy they wont notice), then it's ok. If I get no drink, I have a drink in the car, so can drink that :)
    That will be cheap ,but you might as well buy a Pizza from the Supermarket,because it is hardly a relaxing meal,with no refreshment,and sat in the car with a bottle,saving money is fascinating but you have to do it with STYLE
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  • candygirlcandygirl Forumite
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    ive had it a few times as as i can only eat the veggie pizzas we always get fresh ones, drink refills and all the salad. i think its a great deal :j :T
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  • LorianLorian Forumite
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    I don't eat pizza anymore, but I have eaten at Pizza hut lots of time when it used to be all-you-can-eat for £5.99 (weekdays).

    There were two types of experience, one where it was quiet, so there was little choice of pizza, topings were limited but you went away thinking it was reasonable value for money. The second was when you went and it was busy and there was always a wait to get pizza. Very frustrating.

    The pasta was almost always truly awful, almost without exception.

    As for drinks being expensive, at least regular soft drinks and squash have unlimited free refills, but you have to ask for them!
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