We returned to the Jamuna restaurant when visiting Bath again at the end of June, this was our third visit there. The menu is extensive and full of delicious choices, the food we enjoyed was great and as good as we remembered it to be. Very nice locale as well with a view out to the cathedral and city life. Our bill came to just over £60 and I paid in cash. To our great surprise the waiter returned after a few minutes and said that they could not accept my £50 note because it was no longer valid. He said that a new £50 note had been issued in England now and the one I had could no longer be used for payment. We were very surprised but happily after checking I also had the new £50 notes with me, and I received the allegedly invalid note back. The waiter said that I could go to any bank etc. and they would change this for me to a new note but the old note could no longer be used. Before travelling I had bought English currency at Forex Bank currency exchange in Oslo and I thought it was very strange that they had given out invalid bank notes to customers. A couple of days later when we were in Glastonbury I went into the post office in the High Street and the lady behind the counter there told me that this was wrong, the "old" bank note that I had was perfectly valid and still legal tender. It could be used for payment in any shop in England. It was correct that a new £50 bank note had been issued but the old note could still be used. She also said that many shopkeepers etc. hated this bank note because it was the most forged bank note in England and that often they would avoid taking accepting the "old" £50 note! This was what had happened then in our case, the waiter simply lied to us that the old note was no longer valid! I think it is completely unacceptable to lie to a customer like this, as we were chatting happily away in a foreign language we were obvious visitors they thought they could get away with it. It's touch and go whether we will ever return to the Jamuna again the next time we're in Bath, not because of the food which is excellent, but because I don't feel we can trust the people there. A real shame!
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