It’s become a bit of a tradition for us to go to this Ask next door to us the night before we go on our big annual holiday as a way to start the holiday. So we’ve been in a handful of occasions over the past few years. Every time we have been before it’s been ok - nothing outstanding but acceptable enough. This time didn’t quite start our holiday in the refreshing way we planned as we were there so late due to the bad service!
When we came in we were seated and provided with menus. 20 minutes later we were still sitting there. Usually I would call someone over but the waiter was more interested in chatting to the bar staff the other side of the restaurant or the chef. Another couple actually started waving their hands wildly in the air to ask for a drinks order and nobody noticed!
Eventually we had our order taken and they had run out of two beers. The waiter then suggests the most expensive thing on the menu. We saw what you did there...
So food arrived and it was actually very nice. We may have over indulged in starters as we couldn’t decide so we had to ask for a doggy bag to take home. Then a bizarre thing happened that the waiter brought over a box and held it out to me. It became clear after a few seconds of stalemate that it wanted me to scoop up the food myself with my fork?! It was so bizarre, I was taken aback that here he was with this box and me scooping our leftovers into it! Anyway... fast forward to the bill.
Waited another 15 minutes to try to attract attention but once again it was the staff comedy club. This time they were busy LAUGHING at another customer’s hairstyle. If it was visible to me, I’m sure the poor chap knew. Once the whispers and laughter had died down it seemed our waiter remembered he was a grown up and finally we got his attention to pay.
3.5 hours later we walked out the door with a barked goodbye from giggles behind the bar, who I’m really hoping wasn’t the supervisor for the evening...
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