It is Sunday, 6 October and today after a great stay in Matakana I took my two children and one of their friends at 1pm to Plume for lunch. I had heard great things and was looking forward to a leisurely relaxed time with the children out in the courtyard taking in the river views. We parked, got to the counter and a young man - probably in his mid twenties started to serve us. I had a gluten free diet child with me and we sorted out what he could eat then everyone proceeded to give the man behind the counter their orders. I went to give my food order then I was asked what my choice of beverage would be. I said I would like a glass of white wine. To this the person serving us raised his eyebrows and said, "really?.... wine with your meal?". I said yes thank you. He responded with, "But you are driving. And you have three children with you." I was utterly amazed to be questioned in this way and held to account by someone whose role it is presumably to sell food and wine for this business. We left with out completing our order - a lunch order which would have amounted to close to $150 once we had also added the bread loaves we'd planned to purchase to take home with us. I wonder if this employee's manager is aware he is giving customers advice on their choice of beverage in this way. For me, after a weekend on my own with three children on holiday, I was looking forward to our lunch and my glass of wine at the very recommended Plume. In the end we found a restaurant by the river that seemed very happy to serve me what I wished to order.
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