Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Jolly Boatman

Last February I wrote about the good service at the Jolly Boatman at Thrupp.

Well Steve and Joan have now long since departed to sunnier climes. The Temporary managers changed lots including taking the Carvery out. Boo!

The now New managers have changed even more. What used to be the 'boaters bar' is now a dining room with no warmth or character. The bar in there has actually been taken out. The old carpets though worn have been replaced with laminate flooring.

The menu is more expensive and now overall not a patch on the 'family' atmosphere that Steve and Joan brought to the pub.

Last night we went there for dinner and met up with Wendy and Nick who were having a beer with Jim of nb Black Pig.

As always Bones is very specific about her allergies. There was only one thing on the menu that she could in all honesty eat.

When our meals arrived she was assured that the gravy did not contain any tomato based ingredients. Bones said to Nick, "This looks like it has tomato in it".

She had been assured that it hadn't so we started eating. One mouthful into her meal and the waitress rushed through the door and shouted STOP!. "Sorry," she said, "I thought I would check myself and it does contain tomato puree".

Give that girl a prize she didn't have to check but she did and that is a good thing.

So now there was a predicament. Should I continue with my meal while the pub sorted out a salad for Bones or should I return my meal and wait. We decided I should continue, but expressed our annoyance at the 'oversight', we did after all go out to eat together.

Bones' salad was FOC, but she could have stayed at home and had salad so a nice evening was spoilt. What would have been good is if the whole bill had been scrapped. Even better it would have been nice for the boss to come to our table to apologise, Steve would have done it. Shane at the Boat Inn up the road would have been beside himself if it happened there. Seems that the new people have not yet learned about the towpath telegraph and the effect it can have on their business.


MortimerBones said...

AND my health.



Maffi said...

And what effect can the Towpath telegraph have on your health?

MortimerBones said...

ah well, now, where SHALL I begin?

Anonymous said...

I expect they will get by on the hire boats stopping.(they only visit once and then go home) We have had some good meals there in the past.

MortimerBones said...

it is a shame the pub no longer caters for allergies, but I rather like the 'new look' especially the sofa where the carvery used to be!