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to think that London restaurants are disappearing up their own jacksies...

(15 Posts)
margoandjerry Tue 10-Jul-07 21:59:08

I just tried to make a booking at Great Queen Street which is a restaurant I have been to a couple of times before.

First call I got "cut off". Assumed it was an accident.

Second call (at 9pm on a Tuesday night) I was told they were too busy to talk to me and I should call back later

Third call (at 9.50pm) - still too busy, can I call back between 9am and 12?

Bloke on the phone then spends literally 5 minutes telling me I am unreasonable to call at nearly 10pm on a Tuesday night...FFS

Sorry but my day is busy too and I would never, EVER, talk to my clients like that.

Mercy Tue 10-Jul-07 22:03:59

Where is Great Queen Street (love the name!)

And which restaurant?

cylonbabe Tue 10-Jul-07 22:04:40

why would you want to go to a place like that?

Kathyis6incheshigh Tue 10-Jul-07 22:04:58

It makes you suspect that they would treat you like shit if you actually came to eat there, doesn't it?
The food would have to be bloody good to justify that....

margoandjerry Tue 10-Jul-07 22:05:50

It's called Great Queen St and it's on Great Queen St which is between Covent Garden and Holborn. Opposite the Freemasons Hall. It's a restauarant that's sort of like a gastropub without a pub attached. But don't go there because they are tossers

AlbusPercivalWulfricBrianSun Tue 10-Jul-07 22:06:18

I would write to the manager/owner. You might even get a free meal out of it!

Wotzknot Tue 10-Jul-07 22:10:15

My sentiments cylonbabe. Why would you want to go there if they can't even be botherd to talk to you?

You'd get better service in a Travel Lodge cafe.

Carmione Tue 10-Jul-07 22:11:17

I agree, I had to cancel the restaurant (St John, bread and wine) I had booked on Friday night for my birthday because they couldn't(wouldn't) accommodate and extra person at the table. Such utter bullshit. I have worked in restaurants for all my adult life and even though I had asked them on Friday morning they did nothing to try to help me. Wankers.

handlemecarefully Tue 10-Jul-07 22:12:46

Good grief - I am really utterly - that's dire customer service. Something to be said for living on the hampshire / wiltshire borders I think

Mercy Tue 10-Jul-07 22:14:57

Central London is choc a bloc with poncey over-priced eateries imo.

Suburbs often better tbh.

Whooosh Tue 10-Jul-07 22:18:55

The worst are the ones which demand your credit card number to confirm the booking and then tell you not only can you only have the table for an hour and a half but if you cancel within 48hs you will be charges £x- extremely irritatiing but sometimes you have to do it but it makes me grrrrrrrrrrr

Kathyis6incheshigh Tue 10-Jul-07 22:20:25

Bloody hell, Whooosh, I didn't know there were places that did that

hatwoman Tue 10-Jul-07 22:21:51

disappointing as I fancied trying Great Queen Street.

Wotzknot Tue 10-Jul-07 22:33:43

Isn't it an old adage that the less obtainable something is the more you desire it?

Nightynight Tue 10-Jul-07 23:30:27

snooty restaurants are the exception in my book.

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