A large party (25 plus) of us went to the Arundel for our annual dinner. We paid a fixed price of £23.50 per head for three courses. The food and the service was good. At the end of the meal the waiters came round and took our orders for tea or coffee. What few people realised was that the tea/coffee was not included in the £23.50. Tea was £2.95 and coffee was £3.25 per person. The tea/coffee was not served at the dining table, but a number of jugs of coffee and pots of tea were placed in the bar together with cups and saucers for a do it yourself service. The cost of this for 25 people was about £70. A great profit margin for the Arundel, but a little sneaky and not to be admired. The bar drinks were relatively expensive and the cheapest bottle of wine was £19.50. The total cost of the evening, for my wife and I, was just under £80 for the food, a round of drinks and a bottle of wine. I will not be returning to the Arundel because there are many places around Cambridge where the food is just as good, or better, and the total evening dining experience is not as expensive.
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