Wanted to take 7 friends there for dinner on a Monday night earlier this month and asked for a 7:00 pm reservation. I was informed that seatings were at 6:30 and 8:30. I said 6:30 would be fine, and was then curtly told that I had to understand the table would need to be vacated by 8:30 pm. I said I had no intention whatsoever of hurrying my guests. "This is our policy in December and it has been for years," said the reservationist. I told her that might well be - however, I would not support its attitude but take my custom elsewhere. Which we did - close by to a tapas joint where they seemed delighted to welcome us for as long as we wanted to stay.
Allen's serves pub food, albeit of a high order. The eight of us would have consumed a few cocktails, 3-4 bottles of good wine, some liqueurs after dinner and three courses of food each. In other words, a pretty fair bill. Their attitude has alienated me, permanently. Do they do such roaring business throughout the year that they can be so high-handed ?
Opinions, anyone ?