Having seen a photo of The Old Inn (judging a book by it's cover) we promtly booked a stay of 5 nights.
On the first evening we had a meal with 2 friends. We waited almost an hour before our meals arrived which had been speeded up after a quiet word with the manageress. Whilst waiting a drinks tray was put on the table by a surly waitress with the comment of 'I'll let you sort the drinks out' - 2 pints, 2 glasses of wine. 2 men, 2 women - not difficult to work out!
After more apologies we felt that a second chance was only fair.
Day 2. Returned to our room after a day out to find our room door wide open. The room had been servived. Manageress 'not available'.
Our evening meal was eagerly awaited, only to be dissapointed by the fact that the portions were half the size of the previous evening. When pointing this out to the waiter it was suggested we ordered desserts to make up for it. When asking whether we would be charged we received no answer. Naturally we were. During the course of the evening it was noticed that several customers were having to pursue staff to request service. Some tables were attended to by several staff whilst others none. Miss 'Surly' would only take drinks orders but deliver desserts with the comment of 'Let me guess which is which' - wrong. 'Oh usually only women eat this' - Thanks! No more evening meals.
Breakfasts were very ordinary to the extent by morning 3 we just ordered toast - can't get that wrong.
2 minutes later came the sound of toast being scraped! This was duly delivered to our table in a rack. One side burnt, the other side still white and soft with neat finger indentations on it where it had been held whilst being scraped!
Throughout our stay the manageress was 'unavailable' apart from the first evening. None of the staff seemed interested in the customers and rarely acknowledged our existance.
For many years I had thought Fawlty Towers had been based on a hotal in Torquay. How wrong I was
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