Tuesday 4 May 2004 9.24am
Should have been there the other night when the chef got loud and very stroppy, enough to intimidate my three friends who had arrived late-ish (9:35 or so) and comitted the heinous crime of ordering some food. He stomped about and banged and crashed and shouted at his underlings all no more than 2 metres from where we were sitting. When their food turned up one of the party appeared to have been singled out in that her burger came with no salad (her companion's was well dressed in this respect), and appeared to have been "seared" in a way that realistically left it raw, and do I know the difference between rare and raw. They were also rather disappointed to have received MacDonalds style "fries" rather than proper chips.
I have to say that when she complained, the bloke in charge was really helpful, apologised and wrote off the cost of all three meals.
My experience that evening was a little annoying too. I was kept waiting at an otherwise empty bar for five minutes while a very slow moving barman turned three matchbooks into decorative little tents to be presented with three different bills. Let's face it, it isn't a gastropub, it's a restaurant themed to look a bit like an old boozer. Aren't most so called gastropubs like this?
I will admit to being a little biased - it's not my cup of tea to start with but it seems that their problems are all down to staffing. Maybe they can improve it. I hope so, it's good to have the variety on TBR.
"I knew I was cured"