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Tea & Sympathy Review... Bad Bad Bad

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Tea & Sympathy Review... Bad Bad Bad

Jennifer | Oct 23, 2005 08:45 PM

So, my british husband and I have been wanting to go to Tea & Sympathy for over a year now. At first it was because we had heard so much about it via the british press (e.g., The London Times), and then, after seeing how small and cramped it was, we were curious to know what all the fuss was about. Well after today, we have concluded that it all hype. First, Tea & Sympathy has the audacity to post "Rules" on the door which, among other things, has a disclaimer of sorts that customers might be subjected to having to move tables once they've been seated. We read this, w/a little chuckle, and thought it couldn't mean more than a rearranging or a request to move when first you were seated, if the seating arrangement and the size of your party just didn't mesh. Well, we learned that this was COMPLETELY wrong. My husband, my brother, and I were seated at what is really a table for 2. We received our meals, and mid meal, the waitress comes up to us and states matter of factly, "we have to move you," and then began w/out further ado, to move our dishes of half eaten food to the table next to us. It was not presented as a kindly request, (e.g., "Would you mind moving?), or even in a kindly tone or manner (e.g., waiting patiently for us to stand up, sit at the next table, and then be served like human beings), we were just rushed off to the neighboring table, as if our table of 3, was an inconvenience to the table of 4 they were about to create w/our table. Yes, yes, there was the disclaimer on the door, but it didn't make it seem any less rude when it actually happened. (Would it make it any less rude if someone smacked you after they told you first that they were going to do it?) What made matters worse was that in the process of moving us, the waitress stuck her hands in our plates and our tea strainer (of which only 1 was given for 2 of us to share). And it all seemed hardly worth it for the mediocre food. If one is really hard up for a traditional english breakfast, one would be better off going to Meyers of Sedgewick not too far away and buying your own can of Heinz beans! Any one else have similarly bad experiences?

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