My OH and I are going out for breakfast today. It had better be good because I have suggested the venue to the friends we are meeting! I am sure it will be fine, as I have been for coffee and cake several times, so fingers crossed eh?
How many times do you plan to go out for food and feel let down? It is so, so annoying isn’t it? Take last Sunday for example; because we are having some renovations done to our cottage the kitchen was unusable so we planned to go out early evening for a nice dinner.
There are some great places locally (The Why Not, The Forest at Feckenham, The Brook, The Moat House, The Queens Head, Arrow Mill etc) but as we eat at these quite often, I said to Tom, ‘Let’s try the ‘F’ as a couple of people have recommended it to me recently’.
He agreed and I rang to book because the weather was wonderful: in the UK this entices more people to go out and eat – especially when it’s a pub in the countryside with a large outdoor dining area.
On arriving at the pub the garden was pretty full yet the restaurant was pretty empty…that made me slightly reticent but we took a seat and ordered our food.
Observing our surroundings it was obvious there was a fun theme to the pub which seems to be a thing nowadays – I have no real love nor hate for themes but this was really quiet OTT. More concerning – for someone who likes to think they are eating in a clean establishment – were the facts that, on a closer look (but not too close just in case) the carpet needed vacuuming/cleaning and many of the ‘decorations’ were made of ‘fur and feathers’, so heaven knows how many zillions of dust mites they contained.
I decided there and then that this was not a pub-restaurant I would be coming back to…having my G & T service in a jam-jar with a (plastic) straw confirmed my decision. I like my drinks served in a relevant glass. Highballs, shot glasses, brandy glasses etc. are all made for a reason in my humble opinion!
In the pub’s defence the food was O.K. apart from the potatoes being way too salty (and I do like a bit of salt so goodness knows what a salt-free person would have thought).
I realise I may sound way too fussy but unless an eatery (is that a word?) is super-clean with immaculate tables, flooring, and toilets – AND provides really good food – I just don’t want to eat there. I’ve been saying for a couple of years that I would rather cook at home than eat mediocre food in poor surroundings.
Roll on 10am and let’s see what breakfast at ‘B.B’ (a local nursery where you get brilliant help and advice) is like!