CITY centre workers looking for a fast cheap lunch need look no further than Greggs.
The Newcastle-based bakers which was established in 1951 has reinvented itself in recent years in a bid to shrug off its reputation as a vendor of greasy, fat filled sausage rolls.
While hot savoury favourites such as pasties, lattices, sausage rolls and pizzas are still available, so are a host of delicious and cheap fresh sandwiches and cakes.
Today, Greggs has over 1,400 shops all over the country and the firm is still expanding - beating off competition from more expensively-priced High Street coffee shop chains.
The Fargate store in Sheffield has undergone a refit in the past few months and now has a breakfast bar area where customers can sit and eat their sandwiches or sip their coffee.
You can buy a croissant and orange juice and with a bit of imagination – OK, a lot – pretend you are sitting in a Parisian street cafe.
With a host of hungry mouths to feed in the office it was time to convert colleagues to the delights of Greggs.
A chargrill chicken salad wrap, £2.15, was light, with plenty of filling and a nice dressing, while a ham and salad oval bite, £1.50, passed the taste test but was declared “smaller in real life than on the internet”.
My colleague said: “The bread was sprinkled with tasty seeds and there was a good amount of ham, lettuce and tomato filling - good value for £1.50.”
The steak bake, £1.07 was “full of meat, with nice gravy and light and flaky pastry” while a corned beef pasty, an incredible 89p, went down equally well.
An Easter chocolate cupcake was described as “very soft and tasty, freshly baked with soft icing” while a caramel shortcake was “a tasty sweet treat with nice crumbly biscuit base”.
Our £12 budget also stretched to drinks, donuts, cookies and coffee.
Address: 6 Fargate, Sheffield City Centre
Tel: 0114 2795561
Opening hours: 7.30am until 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am until 4.30pm on Sunday.
Service: Fast food - speedy service but sometimes long queues
Range of menu: Excellent choice of low priced hot and cold sandwiches, hot savouries, wraps, crisps, cakes, hot and cold drinks
What did it cost: £12 for a steak bake, corned beef pasty, caramel shortcake, easter cupcake, double choc chip cookie, ham salad oval bite, chargrill chicken wrap, diet Coke, orange juice, small latte and five jam donuts.
Verdict: Cheap, cheerful and tasty - a bargain!