In 2024: Featured, Food at Snooker Clubs…

In 2024: Featured, Food at Snooker Clubs…

AS this X/Twitter post from Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares asks…

To put it another way, imagine Chef Gordon Ramsay was to visit your snooker club, and he asked you to prepare him a sample of your menu. What dishes would you cook for him?

What’s the most popular dish on your menu? Are there too many items on the menu? Could you CUT down the items and just have maybe half a dozen items with just two or three sides on the menu which would SAVE on preparation and cooking time, as well as potentially save money?

Let’s see what a couple of snooker clubs say on matters food…

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SnookerZone’s Chris Gaynor popped into the Surrey Snooker Academy in Cobham last week and played on a T10 heated table. The club has two WPBSA coaches in Gareth White and Brian Cox (Cox has a Level 3 Advanced coaching badge as well as a SIGHTRIGHT accredited badge and we have interviewed Brian in the past on this website.

Both Cobham and Woking have a GAILS BAKERY. 

The facilities there are designed to give ordinary players a feel of playing in professional settings with 1g balls, a heated tournament table, and a friendly but competitive atmosphere that is designed for all players of a range of abilities.

Gareth White, who is a co-owner of the Surrey Snooker Academy which moved from West Byfleet to Cobham with three T10 heated tables and has on-site bar/restaurant facilities, wrote on the SSA blog:

If you’re going to spend a fair amount of time at the club you choose, you’re going to want to be able to park easily, access their WiFi, and get something to eat and drink.

The link between good nutrition and snooker performance is becoming better understood and is something that WPBSA coaches are taught about. The best snooker club will offer good, wholesome food that is freshly prepared in hygienic conditions.

MEANWHILE, at the VICTORIA ACADEMY in Sheffield, where SnookerZone’s Chris Gaynor has visited in the past on its early stages…

White added on the SSA blog: “If the menu is mainly burgers, pies, and chips, there’s a good chance that the club is using frozen food and cooking with a microwave and a deep-fat fryer. That may be perfectly acceptable to you, but be aware that the nutritional value is likely to be minimal.”

WDBS German finalist Dalton Lawrence at Woking Snooker Centre in Surrey makes a good selection of sandwiches for events. SnookerZone’s Chris Gaynor has sampled these and they are very good for a lunchtime snack at the club.

Apart from a Cheese and Ham toastie, Chris Gaynor has, once or twice in the past since 2015, eaten Sausages, Chips, and Beans at Woking. Considering you can get a Sausage Bloomer in Wenzels in Woking, and tea included all for under a fiver, the price of some foods in snooker clubs, maybe slightly over-priced.

LEVELS IN HUDDERSFIELD has an on-site restaurant as we did a small feature on it a while ago when it held its first Pro-Am on opening. 

 

The only suggestion which would be for ALL snooker clubs to consider is how many items you have on the menu and most of the top chefs will say that the first thing to do is analyze your menu and make changes. Find out what the customers like and also, find out what the most popular dishes are.

Surrey Snooker Academy in Cobham has a link here…

WATCH: A GRILLED LETTUCE AT A RESTAURANT…

 

PS: Will attempt to find out more about club food on this site in future…

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Chris Gaynor

Chris Gaynor is a writer with 10 years' experience writing for the web. He loves snooker, CSI and loves cycling off tiramisu!