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To have thought we should have been allowed another cup

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lakia Mon 01-Jun-15 19:39:18

Was in a restaurant today with my parents they wanted a cream tea we saw on the notice board that it came with a big pot of tea and two generous sized scones with cream and jam.
My parents seeing the size of it decided to order the one between them it wasn't stated as either been for one or two people.
Anyway so we ordered paid and one cup was put on the tray and of course we asked if we could have another cup and the guy who happened to be the manager refused we was bit taken back by this and thought maybe he had misunderstood so again we said we want another cup to which he refused again.
We asked why and he said this is a cream tea for one person and I said its too much for my parents and they want to share he replied that he is a business and that if we want another cup then we have to buy a separate cup of tea I said that's ridiculous and he said no it isn't and he would not budge. He then said that its like him giving one cream tea to a load of people to share and its not good for his business.
Just interested in your thoughts.

mmollytoots Mon 01-Jun-15 19:41:35

most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. leave a review on trip advisor

LokiBear Mon 01-Jun-15 19:41:59

I think it is ridiculous. The manager has lost 3 customers over a cup of tea.

fourchetteoff Mon 01-Jun-15 19:42:58

Sorry, but it's totally fair enough. Having worked in a cafe, I understand why they have to do this. It does seem tight, but nowadays, cafe owners really need to ensure that each meal pays for itself. If you worked in the cafe I worked in for even a day you'd see how up against the wall they are financially, especially non-chain cafes.

TheReluctantCountess Mon 01-Jun-15 19:43:39

That's madness. Two scones for one person? I'd assume it was for two people too.

WinterOfOurDiscountTents15 Mon 01-Jun-15 19:44:22

He has a point. It's a cream tea for one. You didn't order it for 2. You should have ordered another cup of tea and then shared the food.

Theycallmemellowjello Mon 01-Jun-15 19:45:09

2 full size scones is not a cream tea for one person! And if you buy a pot of tea you've paid for that amount of tea - it's not the cafés business who drinks it. Yanbu.

lakia Mon 01-Jun-15 19:45:47

it wasn't stated on the menu as for one person.

InSpaceNooneCanHearYouScream Mon 01-Jun-15 19:45:55

I can see his point. Sharing the scones is fair enough if it's too much for one, but you would normally buy a separate cup of tea, unless it was a cream tea for 2. Manager sounds a pedantic knobber though.

grannytomine Mon 01-Jun-15 19:46:45

We have had a cream tea like this and shared it but we always pay for the second cup of tea. Never occurred to me that we wouldn't have to pay for the second cup.

InSpaceNooneCanHearYouScream Mon 01-Jun-15 19:46:54

Cream teas for one ALWAYS have two scones!

CaptainAnkles Mon 01-Jun-15 19:47:05

They should have let you have another cup, yes. They should also clearly advertise that it's apparently a cream tea for one person even though it sounds far too big for one person.

lakia Mon 01-Jun-15 19:47:24

café was in a town that attracts a lot of tourists

AntiHop Mon 01-Jun-15 19:47:47

Yanbu. If you've paid for a pot you should be allowed to share it. My dp and I often share dessert which is a common thing to do.

BolshierAyraStark Mon 01-Jun-15 19:48:06

So there were 2 scones but only one cup? That's a bit odd...
If that's the case then I don't think YWBU to request another cup, I can see his point though.

lakia Mon 01-Jun-15 19:48:45

Maybe he could cut costs by not giving two scones to one person

ChanandlerBongsNeighbour Mon 01-Jun-15 19:49:01

If the tea pot holds two cups worth of tea then surely the manager is not losing out? Customer has already paid for two cups of tea! And two scones is too much for a one-person cream tea!

confusedandemployed Mon 01-Jun-15 19:49:04

Sorry but to those who say the cafe owner was in the right; if he's flogging two bloody scones for one cream tea then he needs to have a better grasp of his own overheads.
YANBU OP, this guy needs to revise his thinking.

expatinscotland Mon 01-Jun-15 19:49:51

I think he should do just one scone and jam. What's the place? I'll recommend he do that.

nocoolnamesleft Mon 01-Jun-15 19:51:13

What sort of stingy cream tea would only allow one scone per person?!?!


5Foot5 Mon 01-Jun-15 19:52:35

café was in a town that attracts a lot of tourists

Wasn't in Castleton was it? We once had a very overpriced cream tea in a café there with a manager who was a bit of a misery

NKfell Mon 01-Jun-15 19:53:17

I work in a restaurant and we would have given another cup.

loveareadingthanks Mon 01-Jun-15 19:53:24

I must be frigging greedy then as every cream tea I've ever had or seen has 2 scones per person. I'd think I was shortchanged if i got one.

6cats3gingerkittens Mon 01-Jun-15 19:53:42

Just share the cup.

lakia Mon 01-Jun-15 19:53:42

he probably knows that he can get away with treating people like this as he is in a tourist hotspot and will always have people coming in

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