Made an online booking for 2 - when we arrived the restaurant claimed they had no record of it - they didn't even check on the workstation, so how did they know? Not that it mattered, the place was almost empty.
I chose soup for a starter - it was OK but obviously straight out of a tin. Went for sirloin steak for main course-this was poor, one of those thin, gristly, greasy affairs that only places like this manage to produce. I suspect it was fried rather than grilled, due to the fact that I could have lubricated all four wheels on a tractor with the amount of grease that came with it. Do restaurants still fry steaks in the 21st century? Surely not. The veg and salad that came with it were OK but unbelievably unimaginative. Potatoes and peas for the veg, tomatoes and lettuce for the salad..which book did they get those from.."Menus for the terminally boring?" I've had duff steaks at places like this before, so I should have known better. Still, one lives in hope, I suppose.
All the deserts with the exception of ice cream (yawn...) were heavy-ish, like fruit crumble, brownies, eton mess, etc. There was nothing light and refreshing, which is what you want after a steak that could have been used to resole a navvie's boot.
Then came a classic moment:
"Would you like coffees?"
"Yes, two cappuccinos, please"
"The coffee machine's broken, so you can't have cappuccinos. We could make white coffees like cappucinos, but without the froth..."
TIME FOR A SHARP EXIT
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