With its prime location and promise of genuine 16th century charm Belinda’s Tearooms of Arundel looked set to offer welcome relief from a very wet and dreary Sunday afternoon. But as I suspect many a fellow traveller has also fallen foul of this particular honey trap I’ll get straight to the point; it’s a rip off. From the moment you enter and are assaulted by the naff, faux olde worlde interior one’s expectations may start to plummet.
I ordered a measly plate of assorted, overcooked, flavourless mushes (also known as a roast in other establishments) which was served with all the finesse and quality of a school dinner along with a half pint of bitter (straight out of a can) which cost the price of a full pint.
The service was lousy but hey if your staff are all young and inexperienced that’s what you’re going to get, as I’m sure the proprietors are aware young people are a lot cheaper to employ.
So having paid exorbitant prices for substandard fayre one can really say that Belinda’s care about their customers... by relieving them of the heavy burden of the contents of their wallets.
Trust me they blatantly know they’re on to a good thing, located where they are they assume they can get away with serving up cheap and nasty rubbish at obscenely expensive prices. This is not so much a business as a racket. Atrocious.
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