As soon as my group of five friends arrived through the revolving door into the main restaurant, the hotel manager ushered us back out the same door we had just came through. Without asking us what we were in for, he explained that the set menu in the restaurant was out of our price range at £22. He then helpfully pointed us back outside to the bar.
In the bar we were greeted by a lady behind the bar who - tragically - was unable to smile. After taking drinks orders, which we had to collect from the bar ourselves, she took our food order. Feeling like chastised children, we made our mumbled orders and tried to relax in the overly-warm and otherwise empty bar.
The food arrived promptly and without a smile.
Myself and the rest of the group all agreed that the food itself was good value and tasty. The menu was somewhat limited, general pub grub, but fair sized portions.
We chatted to a young chap behind the bar who told us how terrible he was at his job and how he didn't know how to work the till. He was nice, though he did swear a lot.
Thanks to a miracle of modern science, Mrs Permanent Scowl was cured of her affliction and did seem to cheer a bit about halfway through the meal. She got warmer as the food got colder and she collected the plates away with a blink-and-you'd-miss-it smile.
After the mains, some of us had desserts. A request to substitute ice-cream for custard was met by a blank, "no", from our newly cured waitress. I had a coffee which was made fresh by a machine and brought over to my table also by a machine. That last part is pure conjecture, but I can't blame a robot for not smiling.
The decor in the hotel was somewhat outdated, not so much in a charming way, but in a "that wallpaper was fine for 1976, a classic never dies."
Since we had the sheer brass neck to request for the bill to be split into 4 and the aformentioned young chap behind the bar had no idea how to use the till, we waited for some time while he hand-wrote us a receipt which we neither wanted nor asked for. He did have very nice handwriting though. We were then asked to individually go up to the bar, rhyme off what we had just consumed and pay. Due to a genuine error on my part, my friend ended up getting a free sticky toffee pudding, so the already very affordable meal, became even better value.
All in all, I would highly recommend this place to anyone within a fifty mile radius. The service was awful, the staff were rude, the food was tasty and cheap and the decor outdated.
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- The Nethybridge Hotel Nethy Bridge, Scotland