Nice place in many ways. The food was quite good and the service friendly and efficient. A nice dining environment and we were looking forward to a good evening.
Unfortunately (and I don't blame the QE for this) the evening was tainted by the party of jollied up Hooray Henry's on the table near us. Once sat down - and that took some doing - they quickly embarked upon a mission to see who could talk/shout/cackle/grunt/squeak the loudest.
Should one of this boisterous number be reading this (it's 1:45pm so chances are they have risen from the four-poster by now), may I kindly point out the difference between a restaurant and the Badminton Horse Trials:
A Restaurant - a place where people go for civilised conversation and good food to be enjoyed in a warm, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Engaging enthusiastically with one another whilst at the same time remaining aware of the other diners in room. To impinge upon their evening would show discourtesy, nay, even a distinct lack of class.
The Badminton Horse Trials - an event where one can cavort lavishly with one's chums in a boisterous manner. The ample space of the competition environment (i.e. wide open green fields) make the manner in which one conducts one's self (loud, heaving, cackling and conversation reduced to shouting at a minimum of 150db) more manageable and tolerant for those in the immediate vicinity.
When such unsporting manners are brought to the more confined surroundings of a small village restaurant, however, it makes for a disastrous evening for those within earshot. And earshot for this lot would be 500 yards at a guess.
May I suggest, on their next jolly soiree, they consider holding the 'do' in more appropriate surroundings - Welford Road for example.
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