A friend and I visited The Peacock Inn for brunch, and were surprised at the level of service that we received. Long standing residents of the Princeton area, we have become accustomed to a certain level of customer service, and found that offered by the Inn to be severely lacking.
FIrst and foremost, we waited nearly 20 minutes before the server bothered to even take our drink order. In the meantime, another couple was seated at the table just next to us, and apparently this couple appeared to be better apt at providing a more substantiative tip because our waiter all but ignored us to lend hand and foot to this table. Mind you, we weren't dressed to the nines...it was brunch after all, but we weren't dripping in diamonds either as the lady next to us was. Despite the fact that this couple was seated 15 minutes after us, they received their drinks first and their food order was taken prior to ours.
Not once during our entire meal did the server bother to fill our water glasses, or stop by to inquire whether everything was ok. It was not...my order was COLD. Probably because it was sitting in the kitchen while our server fawned over the couple next to us.
Completely unprefessional waitstaff put a huge damper on our experience. So much so that I have never even fathomed returning. There are much better eating establishments in the area more than willing to provide far superior service regardless of how fat my billfold may appear to be from first encounter.
Too bad for them because as a principal, I rarely tip less than 30%, which would have been quite a heft tip given our order.
Regardless, my husband has arranged for us to have dinner at The Peackock Inn for my birthday. Too say the least, I am anxious as I do not want my birthday dinner ruined by some punk waiter who feels that they can offer different levels of service dependant upon the amount of the tip they think they will receive. Let's hope that this establishment can redeem itself this time around.
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