We didn't even get to close the door behind us when the man behind the counter rudely and aggressively started lecturing us on the 'rules' of taking children into his restaurant.
My Mum and I had intended to go in for coffee, juice and cake with my four children last week, but instead of being greeted with a 'Hello' or shown to a table, we were met with rude instructions barked to us about 'those children' only being allowed in the restaurant if they sat at a table without moving, behaved themselves and didn't run around. Now I agree that children shouldn't run around in a restaurant (and mine don't when we go to one), but to be spoken to so rudely before we even got to sit down, left me speechless! When I suggested that I couldn't understand his need to speak to us like that he told me 'you have obviously never worked in a restaurant before'. I informed him that I had indeed worked in several restaurants so therefore couldn't understand his attitude, his response was 'we can't understand parents that can't make their children sit still at a table and not misbehave'.
We suggested that we should probably just leave and he said 'yes do!', and grunted in agreement when I stated that I would tell people I knew with kids in Gairloch not to go there.
By the time we left a few minutes later (having only got as far as the restaurant door) I was left feeling insulted, shocked and upset - never in my whole time of going places with children have I been spoken to so rudely about what was expected of the kids, especially when we hadn't even got through the door to sit down!
Can I also point out that in the whole time this man was being so rude and aggressive to us, my children stood quietly beside us, not moving or running around, not misbehaving, yet he obviously hadn't taken the time to notice that before he began accusations about general kids' behaviour.
Such a shame as we have visited the Sheiling previously, it does have a nice location, but we certainly will never be returning there again.
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