I have eaten in Baravin a few times in the past and decided to eat there again,around 6.15, one weekday evening at the end of July. The place was quite full when I entered but I spotted two empty tables and sat at one. Both tables were for 4 people and unfortunately I was alone. I have always eaten alone in Baravin in the past without any problems. Neither of the two waitresses, who were not particularly busy, paid me any attention so I called one over and asked for a menu. She asked me how many would be eating. I said just me, as I was sure she must have noticed I was alone. She didn't go to get a menu, she went to speak to the daily manager. After about 2-3 minutes she returned and told me that table was reserved in 30 minutes time, that they had no other tables for at least an hour. Well there was nothing on the table to say it was reserved (that is why I sat there), nor was there a reservation on the other empty table, and two ladies behind me vacated their table while I was there. So, and in particular, since the waitress had asked me how many would be eating, I felt that they were not interested in serving me as one person does not spend as much money as 4, that they would prefer to get rid of me in order to hope that a larger group of people would come in and sit at the table. IF tables are reserved there should be a notice to indicate this. Although no-one probably saw me sit down and then leave, I felt acutely embarrassed that I was being told to leave, which in effect I was.
Baravin calls itself a pizza cafe bar. Despite it's modern external appearance the furniture inside is basic tables and chairs, nothing special. It's main courses are predominantly pizza or pasta in the £10-13 range, desserts £6, not particularly cheap, and I doubt outside the range of most students.
So will I be visiting Baravin again. No way. Rarely do I find myself writing a scathing review but on this occasion I am. Shops and restaurants have the right to refuse to serve a person, but I strongly felt that on this occasion I was refused service because I was one person sitting at a table for 4. IF Baravin was not happy with this then the waitresses should be trained to be more diplomatic, or be more alert to patrons entering in the first place.
There are plenty of places to eat in Aber which serve equally, and probably better, food than Baravin, so next time I want to eat in Aber I will go elsewhere. Baravin didn't need my custom on this occasion and surely won't miss my contribution to their till in the winter months when the place is much less full.
I do not intend to award Baravin any stars but Trip Advisor does not permit this, so the one star I award is for the view, which I had time to appreciate for 3 minutes being told I had to leave.
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