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Senior Menus available ?

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Senior Menus available ?

Question: Do restaurants in Cambridge offer Senior Menus like in the US?

(FYI = Senior Menus in US are smaller Senior size portions at a reduced price)

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Southampton, UK
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1. Re: Senior Menus available ?

Never heard of those, but some establishments offer children's menus at a reduced price.

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2. Re: Senior Menus available ?

For a while my local pub in Buckinghamshire did that, but it's not usual. Generally UK portions are not as large as those I have had in the USA. You may find that the smaller size is just what you are looking for.

Edited: 20 May 2018, 03:14
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3. Re: Senior Menus available ?

Never seen it in the UK. As stated portions are much smaller here or else just order a starter.

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4. Re: Senior Menus available ?

UK portions are much smaller than US servings to start with so you probably won't need it. Never seen it here though - the only thing you see are children's portions. Some restaurants offer certain dishes, mainly pasta & risotto, in starter and main course sizes so you can order the smaller size as a main course.

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5. Re: Senior Menus available ?

No Senior plates, not sure how well it would go down as I don' t see how they can restrict it to people of a particular age.

You will find portion sizes much smaller in general (and many places will not be equipped to box up leftovers as its not expected).

What you find in some places is the Lighter bites section of the menu, or the starters section which can be suitable for doing the same thing. As others have noted some menus will offer two size portions.

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6. Re: Senior Menus available ?

A lot of the "seniors" I know eat more than their middle aged offspring !

Hampshire, England.
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7. Re: Senior Menus available ?

I've seen this in some "caffs" and pubs around where I live but wouldn't know if you'll find senior portions in Cambridge.

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8. Re: Senior Menus available ?

I've been in a couple of places that do smaller portions for anyone - child or adult - who doesnt want a full portion. However it's very unusual here.

I think I've only twice managed an American 3 course meal, even when a lot younger - here I usually just have a main course or starter and dessert unless I'm in a "fine dining" place where I could maybe eat 3 courses or even eat 3 and come away hungry (but then they'd get a poor review).

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9. Re: Senior Menus available ?

Some pubs near where I live in Cornwall offer Seniors’ lunches aka Pensioners’ lunches one day a week. It’s a set main (single) course with no other options. However, unlike the US, the minimum age tends to be 65 and is fairly strictly interpreted.

I’m not aware of anything similar in London.

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10. Re: Senior Menus available ?

Contrary to many above I would say it is quite common to have "Pensioners Lunches" offered, may be limited to particular days and times. Much to my chagrin I've never been asked to prove eligibility.

But probably not in posher places, Otherwise I would ask if a smaller portion can be provided, or a larger version of a starter (entree). Frequently share a pudding.

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