My wife and I recently explored London. And of course, one of the first places that we visited was Buckingham Palace. After some time of exploring the area around the palace, we were on the lookout for a local restaurant. The Palace Restaurant caught our eye, especially because of their advertisement of a fish and chips platter.
This was our first restaurant experience in London, as we just arrived there a few hours earlier. Upon our entry to the establishment, we were greeted by a rude lady who was working on some paperwork at one of the dining room tables. Our presence seemed to be more like an inconvenience to her rather than welcoming us as customers. We sat down to an empty restaurant, which was somewhat of a concern, because there was a substantial amount of foot traffic outside and around the palace area.
As our experience continued, we took out our own bottles of water, and we were told that we could only consume water which was purchased in her establishment. Even though she charged 2.50 pounds per small water bottle, we went along because we thought that it might be the normal practice for establishments in London. After all, this was our very first restaurant experience not only in London, but in all of Europe.
I ordered the fish and chips and my wife ordered a plain hamburger. I noticed right away that the only employee (& possibly the owner of the establishment) was also the cook. She prepared our food behind the counter by taking out a frozen battered fish filet and frying it in a small deep fryer. Even though it was a frozen product, it was actually fairly tasty. My wife received a bun with a piece of meat as her plain hamburger. Neither condiments nor veggies came with her sandwich. She did get a small side of chips (French fries) on her plate.
For our experience, we ended up paying around 20 pounds, which is approximately 30 dollars. Especially since we had a budget of $50 USD a day, this was not a good value for what we got… Considering the rude service, the empty atmosphere, the expensive & not so fresh products, I do not recommend this establishment as part of your London experience.
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