Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Great Family Visit

While you're reading this post, I'm on a cruise ship enjoying food prepared by other people and somebody else cleaning my space! Yay! This is a short trip. I'll be back blogging "live" on Friday! Try not to miss me too much!

Well, my sister, brother-in-law, and two nephews (both fully grown and over 21!) came into town last week. We had a really nice visit! My sister also caught up with some of her high school friends--one who she hasn't seen in about 35 years!

On one day, my sister and her two friends from high school wanted to meet up at this place near my house for high tea. In the past, I was intrigued by this High Tea Cottage and had wanted to check it out. I looked it up on the internet and was horrified by the prices they charged. Essentially, it cost about $40 for tea, finger sandwiches, and some pastry! Yikes! I'd be bringing my six-year old daughter (who'd get a $10 princess special), so after tax and tip, it would have cost me close to $60. That's a bit extravagant for me since my husband is currently on a forced vacation. But, how often do I see my sister, right? Anyway, it did sound like fun! My daughter was really excited about going to a high tea.

Anyway, the place is tiny and no one thought to call ahead to make reservations. One of my sister's friends was the first to arrive at the High Tea Cottage. She tried to enter, but the door was locked, so she knocked. The owner opened the door and rudely declared that they had a private party, and she had to go away. She mentioned that she was meeting friends, but the proprietor stated that we needed to make reservations. My sister's friend said "Okay," then waited on the porch to wait for us. The proprietor rudely asked how people were supposed to get by her. She replied that she would move over, and she was just waiting for the rest of the party to arrive, so we can regroup. The proprietor told her to leave the premises immediately! Ack! I'm certainly not giving them my business in the future! Beyond rude!

We ended up having lunch at a French bistro instead. The food was great, more plentiful, and way cheaper! My daughter got teary-eyed over being shooed away from the High Tea Cottage, but I assured her we'll do high tea on the cruise--I hope they still have it. Wish me luck!


  1. Consider yourself fortunate. It is amazing how many people in the service industry just don't get it. How hard would it have been for the proprietor to be polite and apologetic instead of rude and nasty? He could have accomplished the same thing and not lost a future customer.

  2. What horrible service!! It's a shape you missed a chance for fun but I'd say you were better off for NOT going there!

  3. There's a word for people like that. I will not use it. Instead I will call him a big fat jerk. I probably would have said something snarky to him.

  4. That sounds awful! Glad to hear you found a better place to eat.

    Enjoy your cruise!

  5. I think you need to put a link in this to the High Tea Cottage so folks know where it is and to stay away. Growl.

  6. Wow!
    What a horribly rude creature!
    Manners cost nothing, bad word of mouth spreads quickly while good reputations take years to build.
    Better that you spent your money elsewhere and had a marvellous time on your cruise!

  7. Wow, that was rude service!

    A French bistro sounds better anyhow.

  8. The best revenge is taking your business elsewhere. And informing others so that they do the same.

    Mission complete!

  9. Terrible business practice. With service like that, they won't last long! Overpriced and rude is not a good combination.