Where shall I begin?
Heard a lot about this place so decide to take some friends to the what the craic is about.
Surely enough we arrive mid afternoon on a Sunday and the place is bustling like a New Deli cattle market. Have to cue for about 10 mins to get in, which is fine - it actually made me more excited about the cake fest I was duly going to experience. WRONG.
My friends had just been told that some Natwest big wig had cancelled their bank card so told me to go to the table while they finished a phone call outside. So I get shown to my table by a friendly waitress and park myself down ready to peruse the menu. After about 13 seconds the very same waitress asks if I am ready to order to which I reply:
'Sorry, I have three other people coming they wont be long, is that ok?'
Fine she says. Then I get asked by about 5 other waitresses in less than 10 minutes whether I was ready to order. Now I must admit I am a little hot headed sometimes and it was only when reminiscing the wise words of George Lucas 'anger leads to hate and hate leads to the dark side' that I managed to produce a wry smile and again point out I was waiting for the final party member (the Mrs would be late for her own Bar Mitzvah). This last waitress could have probably sensed the annoyance in my voice and reacted to this by looking at me in disgust and walking off.
Finally we are all there and within two minutes decide what we want. But guess what, there is no one in sight to serve us. For about 10 minutes all four of us were doing that awkward stare at a waitress in a none pervy way to get service, but to no avail.
Eventually we get served by the miserable waitress who then decided to look at us with distain when we kindly asked for water to go with out £4.50 milkshake and £4.00 slice of cake, each.
Anyway if you've bothered to read this rant so far I would understand it if you thought this was a subjective review of an experience not helped by my own irritability when bombarded with staff whom seemed like they wanted a fast table turnover to get that front of house cue under control.
However out of the 4 cakes we received two were dry and one labelled something like Super-zesty-zang-bonanza lemon cake actually missed any considerable lemon taste. The milkshake certainly did not bring any boys to the bar, it lacked taste and for £4.50 I was frankly expecting more. I left feeling dejected and with a dry mouth which may have been avoided had the tap water arrived with out order (it didnt).
In reflection - not enough quality in the food or drink for the high prices charged and one or two of the staff could do with working on customer service (importantly there were lots of other staff who were happy looking and helpful).
Will not be returning in a hurry.
Just so you know I am now at home calming down and having a cup of yorkshire tea and a hob nob all for £0.29 (including heating the kettle and allowances for semi-skimmed milk).
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