While visiting some friends recently in the lake district we stopped off at the Brackenrigg inn for a quick drink. The setting was beautiful overlooking Ullswater which i believe is the second largest of the lakes. We entered the bar and the girls sat down at a table by the window while my friend and i went to get the drinks. There was nobody serving behind the bar but after a couple of minutes a lady put her head in the door and said that someone would be with us shortly. 5 minutes later just as we were about to leave the barman showed up. A pint of real ale for my buddy and a pint of Fosters for yours truly and 2 hot chocolates for the girls! As soon as we said the words "Hot chocolate" the barman stopped serving the beers and scurried off to the kitchen i presume to make the hot chocolate ..... lol! We could see our half pulled beers, we could almost taste them, but we had to wait 6 more minutes for the barman (i think he was French) to return. Now the hot chocolates were fine, the beers were great and the bar was lovely with a big open fire, the barman was even very polite (probably not from Paris), but surely to wait 14 minutes for a drink in an empty bar is verging on criminal!
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