We had allowed an hour for a light lunch break on a Saturday. The tea rooms are set idylically by the river, but there are no views of it. On entering the air is filled with the smell of stale chip fat and the surroundings are of a dated traditional tea room. Not wishing to be rude and leave, we stayed to give it fair chance against our instincts desire to leave. It wasn't clear what the procedure for getting a table was, so we had to ask the waitress who was ignoring us and busying herself with their one occupied table. Sit where you like is the system should you wish to visit. Drinks came quickly with the accompanying background delight of every noise from the kitchen which included the dishwasher, microwave pinging and delivery driver complaining at length about his awful day - charming it was not. Our jacket potato and sandwich took ages and we had to chase it with only 10 mins until we had to leave. The explanation everything is prepared fresh. This would be a plausable reason if the place was busy, but it wasn't and we could see the two waitresses doing irrelevant chours other than preparing our lunch. As a result we had to eat unpleasantly quickly, without a drink as we'd finished them ages ago and it meant the one special request to ensure the cheese on the potato was melted wasn't honoured even though I said raw cheese gives me a headace. Surprisingly this task was given as a reason for the delay. I think it had been shown the grill, but the grated cheese hadn't even given up it's will to keep up it's straight strand like structure. It was a chilly day inside and out, so coats were worn for the duration.
Would I go again? No way.
Would I recommend it to a friend? Not if I wished to keep them as a friend.
Was it hygeinic? On the surface it appeared so, but I could clearly see the kitchen sink which had screwed up dish clothes, a known way of successfully breeding bacteria, there were no gloves, hair nets or hand washes involved. NO
Did we enjoy the experience? No
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