If you like your afternoon tea served with a large slice of unwelcome and a pot of distaste to wash it down, look no further. Indeed, if you enjoy the concept of being insulted and made to feel uncomfortable, this could be the place for you! Perhaps, you are huge fans of Fawlty Towers and would like the experience at the standard price of a cream tea (which are allegedly tasty) then Dolly's "Hidden" Tea Room/Bistro in Castleton, Derbyshire is probably the place for you. Having spent a good half hour enjoying our coffee and the shade (on a very hot day), but being regularly appalled by the rudeness displayed to all and sundry that dared to approach the proprietor, I think it is in good order to warn any friendly folk of what awaits. Indeed a nearby local said to us as we left sharing smiles, "Did you enjoy Fawlty Towers?" mirroring our own opinion of just minutes before. To be honest, it would have been hard to overshadow a very pleasant day in a beautiful setting, but the proprietor came dangerously close to taking the edge off it. In the end, what goes around comes around - and I imagine that he is the loser in the long term. Any man that feels the need to boast to his customers "I sell a thousand scones a week" (that his poor wife allegedly bakes) is probably not just treading water, but trying to avoid drowning in his own incompetence.
The cafetierre had a damaged spout and the proprietor smoked within breathing distance of us and other customers.
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