AS a regular reader of Thursday’s Eating Out page – but no expert when it comes to cafes – I’d like to warn other elderly readers about so-called “Pensioners’ portions”. I’ve only ever tried them once and never again.

It was in Barnard Castle in a fish and chip shop, where I’d gone with two friends. Trying to err on the side of moderation, we asked for pensioners’ portions.

When they came, the quality was decent enough but the quantities were minuscule. You just about needed a magnifying glass to see the fish.

We went to the place hungry and came out even hungrier.

Pensioners’ ruddy portions indeed.

There seems to be an entrenched attitude in some quarters that you can fob old people off with anything – an attitude that is no less obnoxious for being more and more prevalent.

Tony Kelly, Crook.