My wife and I were travelling to the Holy Isle of Lindisfarne, and we had booked an overnight stay at the Farmhouse Guest House in Belford, just off the A1 north to Edinburgh. Anne the owner/proprietor of our accommodation suggested we ate in the White Swan, Warenford a couple of miles back down the road. I'm so glad we did. On our arrival, 20 minutes early, were greeted and shown to a seating and served drinks, and offered menus to study and discuss. I spoke to an elderly gentleman who was seated in the same area, but failed to make any contact, possibly because of my funny southern accent or because he didn't wish to speak to me.I opened the door at one point as he was having difficulty popping outside for a puff. Shortly afterwards, a member of staff arrived to show us to our table and took our largely filled drinks and placed them on her tray. Just as she did, the gentleman returned from outside and threw himself into his former chair. The result..................drinks all over my lap! The manager quickly left the bar and tried to dry me down, apologising profusely for what had occurred. I just burst out laughing as the perpetrator was oblivious to what had happened. Apparently, he was a widower, and had recently lost his licence to drive at 87 owing to poor sight, as well as being profoundly deaf. We were shown to our table, and enjoyed one of the best meals that we had had on our journey. So well done, White Swan and well done Anne Murdoch for her recommendation!
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