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Availability of snacks in 1st class on Virgin Trains

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jrh2254

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Currently on the virgin service and just leaving Wigan. Person came round offering snacks , a cheese wrap. I spotted a much nicer snack box on the trolley containing Cheese and biscuits and asked for that. Back came the reply I have to get rid of the cheese wraps 1st !!
Anyone heard of that before !!
 
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You sound a bit cheesed off about this.

But seriously, if that's the worst you've got to complain about...
 

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I am getting off at Crewe and hoping he can get rid of those pesky cheese wraps ! Much prefer the Friday peak time service with the beers and evening meal !
Water, tea and fruit juice is just not hitting the spot !
 

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Sounds like a lod of nonsense spoken by a staff member who has some snack boxes on his trolley going out of date.
 

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I've used first class in the past and had the ability to recline my chair by a few degrees and a socket.

There may a small violin playing somewhere
 

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Currently on the virgin service and just leaving Wigan. Person came round offering snacks , a cheese wrap. I spotted a much nicer snack box on the trolley containing Cheese and biscuits and asked for that. Back came the reply I have to get rid of the cheese wraps 1st !!
Anyone heard of that before !!

Crackers.
 

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I reccomend standard class at the weekend on Virgin Trains, and spend the money you would have used for your upgrade in M&S, Sainsbury's, Tesco etc at or near the station. You will get much more satisfying snacks and more of them, probably with some change.
 

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Currently on the virgin service and just leaving Wigan. Person came round offering snacks , a cheese wrap. I spotted a much nicer snack box on the trolley containing Cheese and biscuits and asked for that. Back came the reply I have to get rid of the cheese wraps 1st !!
Anyone heard of that before !!

You should have used a line from Little Britain and said, "I want that one".
 

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Currently on the virgin service and just leaving Wigan. Person came round offering snacks , a cheese wrap. I spotted a much nicer snack box on the trolley containing Cheese and biscuits and asked for that. Back came the reply I have to get rid of the cheese wraps 1st !!
Anyone heard of that before !!

:roll:And people wonder why I get so worked up about the preposterous first class wibblers! :roll: Moaning about a free butty. A. Free. Butty. FREE! :roll:

That will be about £4 (including the tea) of your finest money in cattle class. Honestly!


Crackers.

no - they will be in the other box ;)
 

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:roll:And people wonder why I get so worked up about the preposterous first class wibblers! :roll: Moaning about a free butty. A. Free. Butty. FREE! :roll

Just so we're clear... am I right in thinking you don't like people moaning about a FREE "butty"?
 

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:roll:And people wonder why I get so worked up about the preposterous first class wibblers! :roll: Moaning about a free butty. A. Free. Butty. FREE! :roll:

That will be about £4 (including the tea) of your finest money in cattle class. Honestly!




no - they will be in the other box ;)

I don't think it is free. It is included in the premium fare.

Just like if I choose to spend £2000 on flights to NYC in business with BA instead of the usual £600 or so in economy. I would certainly expect champagne, decent food, wine & beers etc in the lounge. And again onboard.

If I didn't get that I would feel ripped off.
 

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I don't think it is free. It is included in the premium fare.

Just like if I choose to spend £2000 on flights to NYC in business with BA instead of the usual £600 or so in economy. I would certainly expect champagne, decent food, wine & beers etc in the lounge. And again onboard.

If I didn't get that I would feel ripped off.

it is free in that you don't have to hand over any extra coin for your butty. Come and sit in cattle and complain about the lack of a free snack. Especially true when you have a railcard advance first for £12.50

In any event the service was delivered. The OP just didn't like the offering.
 

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I got on coach J this morning and the front page of my copy of The Times was folded over at the top-right corner. I demanded the head of the train manager for such an affront to my sensibilities.
 

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I reccomend standard class at the weekend on Virgin Trains

Goodness me, I don't, not on the Glasgow trains anyway. It's like a zoo at the best of times, but on a weekend it's just hell on earth.

I don't care about the snack (but DarloRich, they ain't free) but do care about the space.
 

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I didn't say you would get a comfortable journey, I said you'd get snacks :p

A coach would probably be more comfortable than Standard, if you could bear to spend that long travelling!

And Pendolino First Class is pleasant and spacious, and there's usually enough room for everyone, but it's hardly luxurious is it.
 
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I didn't say you would get a comfortable journey, I said you'd get snacks :p

A coach would probably be more comfortable than Standard, if you could bear to spend that long travelling!

And Pendolino First Class is pleasant and spacious, and there's usually enough room for everyone, but it's hardly luxurious is it.

For space I like GWR's First Class, for food it has to be VTEC and the ATW WAG train.
 

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Goodness me, I don't, not on the Glasgow trains anyway. It's like a zoo at the best of times, but on a weekend it's just hell on earth.

I don't care about the snack (but DarloRich, they ain't free) but do care about the space.

In first class the sandwich is free at the point of eating (to coin a phrase) in second class I have to pay at the point of eating. ;)
 
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Much prefer the Friday peak time service with the beers and evening meal !
Water, tea and fruit juice is just not hitting the spot !

I'm working on the basis that the thread was intended to provoke us for fun, it's certainly worked in that respect, but if the OP does ever return here I'd be interested in their comments on how much the weekend First Class fare was versus that on Friday peak?
 

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I'm working on the basis that the thread was intended to provoke us for fun, it's certainly worked in that respect, but if the OP does ever return here I'd be interested in their comments on how much the weekend First Class fare was versus that on Friday peak?

Tamworth to Glasgow 1st class peak on a Friday was £30 in the Virgin 1st class seat sale.

On the return (Sunday) it was £27 Glasgow to Crewe, again in the Virgin 1st class seat sale.

The outward was way better value and more enjoyable!!
 

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Good god the OP only asked the trolley person for a different snack. Hardly worth the champagne socialist style of criticism of his post. I think he just wanted to know if that sort of thing happened and not a political debate about first world countries lives of plenty.
 

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The member of staff is making it up. They clearly do not have a clue about deliverying a First Class service. Basically, there is no reason why they could not have given you a choice of whatever is on the trolley.
 

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I think the OP is being unfairly castigated on this, it is hardly unreasonable for someone to request one item in preference to another.

There is this whole rather childish air about the whole 1st class catering provision though, the rationing of small portion items and the distinct possibility of being treated like a Dickens character if you request a different or extra item.

All considered I preferred the GNER catering, free tea/coffee/water and a wider range of catering from snacks to decent portion meals and alcoholic drinks if you wanted to pay for them.

I know that won't fit in with many on here whose idea of 1st is to try and accumulate their own body weight in freebies.
 

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I think the OP is being unfairly castigated on this, it is hardly unreasonable for someone to request one item in preference to another.

There is this whole rather childish air about the whole 1st class catering provision though, the rationing of small portion items and the distinct possibility of being treated like a Dickens character if you request a different or extra item.

All considered I preferred the GNER catering, free tea/coffee/water and a wider range of catering from snacks to decent portion meals and alcoholic drinks if you wanted to pay for them.

I know that won't fit in with many on here whose idea of 1st is to try and accumulate their own body weight in freebies.

Alcoholic drinks if you want to pay for them?
 

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Goodness me, I don't, not on the Glasgow trains anyway. It's like a zoo at the best of times, but on a weekend it's just hell on earth.

I don't care about the snack (but DarloRich, they ain't free) but do care about the space.

Precisely, when I went up to Glasgow the other week in First, I took a selection of my own snacks on board as I know that VTWC's Birmingham - Glasgow offering is quite weak. I paid the extra money for the space and the table to get some writing done.

The only thing that annoys me about VTWC's complementary service is the inconsistency, last year when I bust my collarbone, work paid the extra for a money so I could commute Birmingham-Crewe in First for the space for my sling - which was kind. The main problem was you never knew if you were getting anything or not. Breakfast would be allowed by one crew and not by another one. A drink or a snack on the way back was haphazard because of the crew change at Wolverhampton.
 
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