We booked a dinner reservation for 7pm on the 27th July and fully aware that we would only have the table for 2 hours. Not a problem.
We were seated and immediately asked what we'd be having to drink. We of course, asked for a few minutes to peruse the wine list. The waiter was back within a few minutes and took our drink orders. Fine.
We then placed our orders for our starters and mains. We initially asked for some bread and olives to begin, followed by starters and the main....as you do.
By 7:15pm - we had been provided with our starters. While eating the starters - we were given our olives and bread. The starter plates were taken away and we were left to enjoy the olives.
During this time, we heard our waiter approach another member of staff and mutter 'give them 5 minutes then bring their mains'.
It had literally been a few minutes and we were provided with our mains (the time now is 7:20pm) while we were still eating the olives!!
My partner and I slowly ate our mains as we wanted to enjoy the food and we were partially full from the starters. While taking the time to enjoy our food, members of staff, including the maitre d' , were continuously looking at their watches and pointing to our table.
We finally finished our main and within seconds it seemed, our plates were cleared and we were being offered dessert. We asked for a few minutes to decide but it seemed, we couldn't be left alone. At least 2 or 3 members of staff asked if we had made up our minds!
We finally ordered our desserts and they turned up within 3 minutes (literally - yes I timed it). We ordered the cherry pie which wasn't even luke warm. It was more of a cherry soup in a cold tart casing.
During the course of the meal, the waiter continued to pour our wine which at first, we thought was great and very attentive however, towards the end, it appeared we were just been hurried along.
After the wine, we ordered some more drinks which seemed to bemuse the surrounding staff.
Finally at 8:15pm, we accepted defeat and asked for the bill, service charge included!!!
All in the all, the food was fab (save for dessert) and it was a shame that we were hurried out of the place. We could not fully enjoy the food given that we were not provided with at least 10 minutes between meals.
We had our reservation until 9pm (as per booking confirmation) but it seemed staff wanted us out their hair by 7:45pm!!
I booked the reservation 2 months in advance so it was a shame to be table turned the way we did after looking forward to it for so long.
I voiced my opinion on Twitter however, the restaurant replied and advised that they would pass on my concerns to the waiters. I however, believe it is more restaurant policy than the staff itself.
I will not be returning.