Today’s post could almost be my first review of a specific place.
This weekend, a group of us went to The coal shed for dinner – this is a steak place. I’ve put the receipt below and I’d just like you to see if you can spot what is up with this – hint it isn’t the crazy price tag!
That’s right. We were charged a whole pound for water – not enough to warrant making a fuss about but, what? I know you are charged to take water out of a tap, and you’ll need to spend money washing the glasses and jug it was delivered in – but should that cost be passed on to me?
I’ve already expressed my dislike for water to come with bits in it (check it out here) but we didn’t even get any fruit in it to make this an almost valuable investment. We were served up plain old water.
To make this matter worse, the group didn’t arrive in one go, 3 first while we waited for the other couple – we were offered water while we waited, at no point was there a hint there would be a cost to waiting. If I was offered bread I’d expect that to pop up on the bill (although some places do that free too) – but water? Ordinarily I would have asked for a jug of water for the table while in a restaurant when ordering our food as it is important to stay hydrated.
When we are spending over £250 with you – is that one pound really important to you? Clearly, it is important to me as I’m sat here writing about it. They could have charged any amount and I wouldn’t have been happy, but when it is less than 0.5% of the bill I’m not really going to moan to the restaurant to get it removed.
The UN has recognised the right to water as a Human Right, yet if you venture to the coal shed you’ll be paying for that right. I know a whole blog post over 300 words dedicated to a pound expenditure seems excessive but the principle is why this matters, if you let a pound slip here and there who knows how much money will drain away (pun intended)
The food, however, was great but be prepared to spot water on your bill.