Just tried ( via Amex ) to book a table at Chez Bruce after Andy's rec. I am informed that I can have a table at 7.30pm but the want it back by 9.15pm!!! I really want to give it another try after the last disappointing visit, just in case but I nearly always refuse to put up with restaurants behaving like canteens.
This seems to be getting worse in London, other examples
Mirabelle - 2 hrs
Smiths - 1 hr 45mins
Sugar Club - 2hrs
Club Gascon - 2hrs
Clarkes - 1 hr 50 mins
Christophers - 2 hrs
It is bad enough having to pay bills the equivalent of the GNP of a small South American country without them telling you that they need the table back at a set time. Without going on about MPW and GR, their places seem to be real culprits as well and don't even get me onto Conran owned places ( mind you you would have to threaten me with hot needles in the eyes to even get me into a Conran place) It is all the result of restaurants gathering together in chains and the calculator taking over
The next stage is the inevitable accountants led portion control ( Livebait- anyone?) Steaks being measured ( Chez Gerrard ) and tables being made smaller. I know people have to make a profit, that is life, but surely there must be some limits to this
I wonder if there is any other business where so much is paid to so few for so little?