Now this is loyalty.
Don Gilbert, 82, has been heading to Poppin Café Restaurant in Worcester ever since the early 1990s.
Once a week for the last 30 years, the regular has popped into the cafe on his way to the library, and ordered the exact same breakfast each time.
At 10.30am on a Wednesday, you’ll find Don in his usual seat, tucking into a ‘favourite five’ fry-up breakfast for £4.49.
His go-to meal is made up of bacon, sausage, fried egg, and toast with beans or tomatoes – and washed down with sweet cuppa.
Don, from Kidderminster, said: ‘I just love it here and it’s part of my weekly routine.
‘It’s a lovely place and there are people here to talk to. It’s just so friendly
‘I have the Favourite Five breakfast, with tinned plum tomatoes and a soft egg.
‘I order a cup of tea – not too strong, not too weak – with two sugars, and a tap water.
‘I am very regimented in my ways. I always leave by 11 o’clock and then I go and visit the library.’
Poppins is managed by Irfan Yildiz, who took over the cafe four years ago.
He said: ‘Don always orders our budget breakfast which is very popular with pensioners.
‘When Don comes in, he doesn’t even need to tell us what he wants to eat or drink.
‘As soon as he sits down, every staff member knows what he would like to eat and drink, and how he would like his food cooked.
‘He says he comes here because the price is reasonable, the service is friendly, and he knows we serve quality food.
‘He likes the warm feeling and feels welcomed. To us he’s part of our family and all the customers and staff just love seeing him.’
‘He comes consistently every week. It might be Wednesday, it might be Friday, but he definitely comes once a week at least. We love him.’
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