After being in the UK for more than two and a half years, a Frenchman has finally experienced his first Greggs sausage roll.
Nicholas Henry, 29, had one too many last Friday night and woke up on Saturday morning feeling very hungover.
His friend, Layke Lemercier, had the perfect cure for his misery so spent £5.59 ordering him a sausage roll and sausage, bean and cheese melt for breakfast, despite the fact she thinks he’s a “food snob because he’s French”.
Nicholas, who lives in Derby, took the whole thing very seriously, knowing how important Greggs is to many people, so he decided to write a review to share his honest thoughts.
Finding his opinion hilarious, Layke decided to share it on Reddit, where the review went viral.
Layke uploaded the review to the social media platform, writing: “My French friend has lived in the UK for almost three years and has never been to Greggs.
“Obviously being British I just couldn’t let it go, so I got Greggs sausage roll delivered to his door.
“An hour later he sent me this.”
Alongside this was a photo of the detailed review, which took Nicholas over an hour and a half to write.
It reads: “I know British people are sometimes described as explorers or pioneers. And I have to admit that Gregg’s managed to do something groundbreaking with their sausage roll.
“As I chewed and swallowed I simply couldn’t understand how something could taste so bland yet so revolting at the same time. Amazing.
“The crust tastes like cardboard that was passed through a food blender and then compressed together into a puff pastry.
“The sausage is all over the place, sometimes it feels like mushy gelatin, sometimes it’s spicy. Yet I chewed through it and bite after bite I could see it’s intrinsic value.
“I can’t say I liked it, probably because I didn’t, but it was alright and it gets the job done to fill you up.”
Nicholas went on to admit that he didn’t eat very much of the sausage, bean and cheese melt as it reminded him of the awful food he’d eaten at school which didn’t hold a candle to his family’s cooking.
He added that even though he didn’t enjoy the food, he was glad he’d had the experience and now understood why people go to Greggs.
“I now appreciate why some guys in the morning go ‘d’you know wha’ mate? I could really go for sum fooking sausage roll now’. I get it now,” he explained.
“That’s what Gregg’s is. It’s like a nice neighbour. He sits there quietly and when you need him to help you fill up after a rough night, he will be there for you.”
Speaking today about his viral post, Nicholas stands by his brutal comments.
“I thought it was funny and I tried to be like a food critic with it,” he said.
“They’re a lovely company where you see their dishes on the shelf and that doesn’t work for me because I’m French I like croissants.
“The food looks very off-putting.
“It was like a British institution, you haven’t done it correctly if you haven’t had a Greggs.”