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Tripadvisor review goes viral after complaint that Llyn Tegid doesn’t have a McDonald’s

24 Jul 2021 2 minutes Read

A two-star review left on Tripadvisor has been causing an online stir after a visitor to Llyn Tegid complained about the lack of a nearby McDonald’s.

The negative review has been posted by somebody from Merseyside who visited Wales’ largest natural lake on June 13th.

Headed ‘Don’t expect a McDonald’s but expect to pay over £5 for one ice cream’ it describes the person’s frustration on finding out that the nearest McDonald’s restaurant is 23 miles away.

It states: “On Sunday 13/06/21 I paid a visit to Bala lake, when we arrived the sun was cracking the flags and it seemed lovely but as the day proceeded I noticed something very worrying, as my friends and family were munching down on a barbecue I googled the directions to the nearest McDonald’s, to my surprise the closest one was 23 miles away.”

‘Decent’

The Gwynedd town has many ‘decent’ eateries, including the highly popular Aran Hufen Ia and Cyfnod Cafe Bistro, but the nearest McDonalds is 23.1 miles along the A5 at Chirk Retail Park.

The review continues: “Is it me or does this seem very worrying and the some sort of a food Mafia in Bala what prevents decent takeaways from opening, people need to remember that McDonald’s is a universal restaurant and there is something for everybody there so I’m very disappointed that the food mafia has prevented McDonald’s from opening.”

The review was spotted by Twitter user Geraint Davies (@fedwarian) who commented: “As locals, we too are annoyed that the food mafia of our town make us eat all the top quality food they have on offer!”

Another user, @RhyddidiGymru, quipped that: “I once walked into a cafe in Wales and they were all eating burgers and chips, but as soon as they saw me they all switched to eating moules mariniere, caviar and truffles.

Despite this reviewer’s complaints about the Bala ‘food mafia’, Llyn Tegid receives overwhelmingly positive reviews on Trip Advisor with an overall 4.5 rating.

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GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
2 months ago

They eat rats in Liverpool. True story.

Chris
Chris
2 months ago
Reply to  GW Atkinson

😆

Dyfi Dreamer
Dyfi Dreamer
1 month ago
Reply to  GW Atkinson

They f*** sheep in Wales. True story.

Cai Wogan Jones
Cai Wogan Jones
2 months ago

Is this news? Or clickbait?

Last edited 2 months ago by Cai Wogan Jones
Gloyw
Gloyw
2 months ago

Hard to tell sometimes. I suppose a newspaper can have a segment for silly stories?

Dyfi Dreamer
Dyfi Dreamer
2 months ago
Reply to  Gloyw

Looking forward to NC eventually publishing a story which isn’t silly.

John
John
2 months ago

Ive seen reviews like this myself on TA. You should check out the Snowden ones..

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
2 months ago

There used to be a cafe in Blaenau Ffestiniog that closed for lunch!

James
2 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

That will show the Sais!

Nick
Nick
2 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

I remember years ago when the pubs didn’t open on Sundays, 😱 err or was that last year?

Ann Swindale
Ann Swindale
2 months ago

There’s nothing for me in Macdonald’s!

Phil Jones
Phil Jones
2 months ago

Obviously a top wind-up guy to get us going so easily.

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
2 months ago
Reply to  Phil Jones

Could be a wind-up merchant, could be an idiot. Could be both.

Chris
Chris
2 months ago

The jaded palette and complete ignorance on just about everything I can forgive. I mean I’ve come to expect it from certain quarters. But the comment about “…munching down on barbecue …” must be punished severely.
No decent living. Wing has ever “munched down on” anything. I mean I know it’s only English getting mangled, not the language of the blessed, but nonetheless it just makes me shudder with revulsion

Last edited 2 months ago by Chris
Vaughan
Vaughan
2 months ago

Love the line about café in Wales where they were eating burger and chips but switched to French foodles when somebody came in!

Chris
Chris
2 months ago
Reply to  Vaughan

Hooray! Somebody got the seal of approval from Vaughan the official Post Critic!

Johnny Gamble
Johnny Gamble
2 months ago

I’m lovin it

Neil Bates
Neil Bates
2 months ago

MC D would lower the tone of Bala leave it as it is

Vaughan
Vaughan
2 months ago
Reply to  Neil Bates

Wa!

Crwtyn Cemais
Crwtyn Cemais
2 months ago

Dwlu ar Y Bala, dwlu ar Lyn Tegid – a’r ffaith bod y crwt hwn o ogledd Sir Benfro yn gallu siarad Cymraeg bron ym mhobman yn y dref. Os mae’r sylwad chwethinllyd yma ar Trip Advisor yn golygu bydd llai o gwsmeiriad ffyddlon Mac~Donalds yn Y Bala pan af i yno nesaf, wel, gorau i gyd! Bydda i’n hapus iawn i fwyta bwyd wedi ei baratoi gan pobl lleol.

Nick
Nick
2 months ago

When the McDonald’s opened in Newtown the litter in Montgomeryshire increased exponentially. Each happy meal should be subject to a £2 litter surcharge and each cup a £1. I’ve got a photo somewhere of the golden arches looming over the plains of Jezreel in Israel, a place better known by its Greek name, Armageddon.

Adie Garden
Adie Garden
2 months ago

Ruthin Town refuses almost every major chain in favour for businesses owned by locals ensuring entrepreneurs are in a fair market, it’s commendable and retains the quaint welsh town feeling that many of its counterparts have lost by cowtowing to heathen junk food addicts

Dafydd Evans
Dafydd Evans
1 month ago

McDonalds should never ever be given planning permission to open anywhere in Cymru!

X No. of very averagely paid jobs and questionable ‘food’ on one side V obesity, carbon emmissions, animal exploitation, traffic, extraction of money from local economies and endless litter on the other….where is the ####### logic in any of that!!!!?

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