After reading posts below saying that the Inn at Little Washington rates each diner's mood and gives service in proportion, I'm ticked off. Why should some overbearing snot with an unfriendly attitude get a better reception and service than somebody who is more upbeat and appreciative? Does that explain why I found the reception a bit cool and the service unexceptional and even a bit amateurish for a world-class restuarant, though I had the good manners not to complain since it was reasonably good by most standards?
I'm still not really complaining - the food and ambience were super. Maybe I should have complained about the prices, which are stratospheric, not counting the long drive. I will be a lot more critical next time - if there is a next time. Once a philosopher, twice a pervert.