My husband and I went in here last year (August) for breakfast one Sunday morning when staying in Rothbury. We waited and waited then realised that the staff were all just sitting at a table and chatting. They were aware we were there, especially after I asked if we could just sit at any table.
I got a momentary glance then they continued talking. Needless to say we left.
Today we thought we would give them a second chance - BIG MISTAKE! we duly rang the bell as the Lady serving just looked at us. After ringing the bell she did come and serve us. We ordered a pot of tea which came in the obligatory leaky pot, a slice of Apple Pie and a Rock cake.
It seems the Rock Cake was aptly named and had a few currants thrown at it, the apple pie had been nuked in the microwave and was soggy and bland. The Waitress was even more miserable than the weather, and seemed very inconvenienced by the fact that we were there at all. It seems to me they trade on the fact that when all the other lovely cafes are full they will get the overflow. I guess if you are not a regular why bother ! Next time we are in Rothbury we will stand out in the rain and wait for a table somewhere they more welcoming and with better staff and food.
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