Have visited here a few times over the years but the last visit (a Sunday afternoon in September 2013) seemed somewhat different and disappointing. After ordering a pot of tea for two we sat at an outside table. The tea arrived within a short space of time but without any sugar, tea leaf dust (or something similar) in one of the cups and badly tea stained spoons. The wooden tables and seats (green) were grubby, stained and unwholesome in appearance. A few feet away was an uncovered waste bin, full to overflowing, attracting a large number of flies and wasps - the latter causing considerable annoyance to customers as well as the kitchen staff via the open windows (kitchen staff were seen to be attacking and warding off the wasps with dinner plates and drying cloths - very hygienic! - something which, from the outside looked as though the kitchen itself was somewhat lacking).
These tea-rooms used to be very good, popular, with regular customers: however, at the present time I am not so sure and personally not very impressed. It has the appearance of past success breeding current complacency which could be dangerous and disastrous to future business, especially when a little more effort, common sense and consideration would make all the difference.
It is likely to be a long time before we brave it again - if ever!
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