We stopped at the tea room today for a coffee and also so that we could feed our baby as it was lunchtime. The waitress that came over was very friendly and offered us a highchair immediately but we said we were fine. The tea room itself was a little dated but clean and tidy. My wife asked for a pot of hot water to warm up the jar of baby food at which we were told that they "weren't allowed to do that" but instead offered to heat the baby food up in the kitchen. When we asked why we couldn't heat it up ourselves, we were told that it was for "health and safety reasons". Apparently, being responsible parents, we are OK to order scalding hot coffee but not hot water to heat up the jar?? Another lady appeared (I assume the owner) to assure us that Marks and Spencers also refuse to heat up baby food (not that there was one in the area) so the tea room is in good company- if the gods at Marks' don't do it then that must be the law. I have scoured the internet and the closest thing that I can find is on the HSE site:
This doesn't say anything of the sort and so I am perplexed as to why they were making things difficult. We found the whole thing rather embarrassing and so let them take the food. It was returned to us with no lid from the jar, and the other container with her other food had the lid off?
Anyway, moving on to the coffee. I am pretty sure that the coffee had been over stewed (I do like strong coffee) but this was tar tasting. After decanting nearly the whole jug of milk and adding 6 sachets of sugar (I normally take 2) it still wasn't any better in taste. I should have asked for some hot water to dilute it but I guessed what the answer would be.........
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