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... to ask for ketchup in a gastropub?

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domesticslattern Sat 16-Aug-08 20:38:02

Had fish and chips this lunchtime in posh North London gastropub. Politely asked for ketchup and the waiter squirmed and said, "I'm really sorry, but we don't have any. The owner won't allow us to serve it."

Apparently people ask for it all the time, and sometimes even nip next door to the supermarket to buy their own when they discover it is outlawed. I mean, wtf? Has the world gone mad? Why do we go to these places?

ilovemydog Sat 16-Aug-08 20:38:55

I have precious food....

Twiglett Sat 16-Aug-08 20:38:56



WideWebWitch Sat 16-Aug-08 20:39:24

oh ffs they need to get over themselves. It's CHIPS.

ilovemydog Sat 16-Aug-08 20:39:40

hate - meant, i hate precious food

WideWebWitch Sat 16-Aug-08 20:40:16

Owner is a wanker if he sells chips and refuses ketchup
it's not le gavroche presumably

domesticslattern Sat 16-Aug-08 20:40:43

I'd mind less if it wasn't my first meal out without PFB, born 8 months ago. I'd been looking forward to it all week. Next time I think I'll stick to the local chippy.

moondog Sat 16-Aug-08 20:41:30

Nowt wrong with ketchup.
Wot a twat.
Mind you,I steer clear of anywhere calling itself a 'gastropub'.

domesticslattern Sat 16-Aug-08 20:41:34

No, not Le Gavroche. (I wish).

Dragonbutter Sat 16-Aug-08 20:42:13

what's a gastropub?
presumably not just a pub that sells food.
how do you know if you're in one?

JonahTakalua Sat 16-Aug-08 20:45:08

write and tell them that you won't be frequenting this establishment again, as the owner clearly has no concept of customer care, and perhaps his lack of vision is down to the fact that his head is so far up his own arse?

domesticslattern Sat 16-Aug-08 20:45:53

Dragonbutter: I think you can tell if you're in a gastropub by the prices on the menu, and the art on the walls. Watercolours of foxes and hounds= not a gastropub. Wanky arty pictures of scrawny naked women= gastropub. Also, if you look out of the window and see Islington= gastropub. Oh, and the presence/ absence of ketchup obviously.

Dragonbutter Sat 16-Aug-08 20:46:28

maybe you should have asked for salsa

moondog Sat 16-Aug-08 20:47:09

Also mismatched jumble sale chairs and uppity waiting on staff always in 'gastropubs'.

WideWebWitch Sat 16-Aug-08 20:47:30

lol at if you look out of the window and you're in islington

domesticslattern Sat 16-Aug-08 20:48:18

They gave us aïoli. hmm

WideWebWitch Sat 16-Aug-08 20:49:18

I love aoili

JuneBugJen Sat 16-Aug-08 20:49:19

can you imagine if you had asked for Daddy's sauce? The hissy fit would have been heard throughout Upper Street.

WideWebWitch Sat 16-Aug-08 20:50:03

sorry for poor spelling of aioli

LackaDAISYcal Sat 16-Aug-08 20:56:54

i thought the whole ethos of gastropubs were updated versions of modern classics.

surely they should be making their own gastro-ketchup to do with the gastro fish and chips?

moondog Sat 16-Aug-08 20:59:37

Well spotted WWW.
Was menu artfully scrawled on blackboard?
Melin Tregwynt cushions?
Freesias in Ricard flasks?

TheSmallClanger Sat 16-Aug-08 21:21:38

There are some really nice organic ketchups out there, if they want to be precious. They're missing a trick.
Fish and chips are supposed to be served with ketchup.

thomsc Mon 18-Aug-08 13:38:21

Dragonbutter: Rock salt and black pepper in little saucers is the biggest clue.

thomsc Mon 18-Aug-08 13:39:20

hell, they could have made their own ketchup and charged the usual arm and a leg for it.

PuppyMonkey Mon 18-Aug-08 13:40:36

What was the story on vinegar then?

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