Am moving into the area and was happy to see a cool looking independent eatery . Just the kind of place that I like.
The people who served me were nice although the service was very slow. It was early Saturday afternoon. Nearly full outside but empty inside.
The food was pretty decent but not as good as I think they would like to think. Must say I'm always pretty suspicious of home made baked beans, never had some yet that are better than hienz.
So far the review would be decent but not particularly amazing, that was until we got the bill, it ended up being £36.50 for two plates of breakfast and one cup of tea. Plate one was what they call the priory, almost a full English but jazzed up(bacon lardons, an almost daphinois potato thing, two fried eggs and some of the home made baked beans) this was £11. Not cheap but not crazy prices. The problem was with my girlfriends plate. Although it was decent(again not amazing but not bad) we were charged £17.50 for a plate of breakfast. On the plate was two portobello mushrooms, 1 egg, the moody home made baked beans, 2 small rashers of nice bacon and some of the potato stuff. I have to be honest, I felt that i had been robbed. I need to put this into perspective, I eat breakfast out at least 5 days a week, often 7. I eat in places that are across the board in terms of quality, from greasy spoon to top end places. And at least 95% of the breakfasts that I eat are in Nottinghill, supposedly one of Londons most expensive areas. I have never seen a full English breakfast(usually the most exspensive breakfast plate) for more than £13. That is in the Electric diner on portobello road. A soho house group establishment. A place known for being pricey.
I asked to speak to the manager about this but was told he was to busy to speak to me. I must say that I was also told that because my girlfriend had ordered her breakfast in individual parts that she was being charged for all the items at the sides prices. I must say that I felt royalty ripped off. And that was before I noticed while writing the review that the Cup of tea and service had come to another £8.50. I was so pissed of about the price of what I'd had that i didn't initially realise or look at the rest of the bill.
I know that they will say that we should have realised that ordering like that would come to more. 2 things. 1. The menu is set up so you can't actually get all the bits you'd like together without ordering from the side. Which are at least £3 each(£3 for 1 egg???)
2. Surely the staff must be aware of this and should therefore warn you that you are about to order the most expensive ever 5 item breakfast ever. And then maybe let you know how you could keep the costs down. Or maybe the lovely girl who served us thinks that it's perfectly normal to be charged that amount for a pretty average breakfast.
As an aside, while moodily mulling over being ripped off while leaning against my car, I bumped into someone I vaguely know who's first word were "you must be doing well to eat in the". He then went on to regail me with the story of his own experience there when he paid £28 when he ate there with his son, I thought that didn't sound to bad until me his son hadn't eaten anything. It was breakfast again. And the dreaded putting together your own plate. He told me it was his only story from there as he Had never gone back because he felt that he had been ripped off. As I'm sitting here writing this my girlfriend has come out to ask what I am doing and then told me that she has just spoken to two other friends( she's talking to them about it because I am so pissed off) who have had similar experiences and who would also never go back.
I like good food and I don't mind paying for it. Even though the food here wasn't bad, I felt like I had been mugged. Hence this review, I've only ever written one review before, it's not something i do, but I felt that I had to say something about this as it was a complete liberty.
I look forward to hearing from whoever replies to the trip advisor reviews in here.
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