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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 08:14pm on 21/07/2012 under , ,

Afternoon tea at the Fairmont today. What better way to spend Saturday than with family and cakes?

location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 05:17pm on 13/03/2011 under , ,
Off to the Fairmont for afternoon tea. Five of us: [livejournal.com profile] zephyravictrix, [livejournal.com profile] ormsweird, [livejournal.com profile] kateaw, Beth, and me. From past experience, their afternoon teas — at £13.95 — are impressively large and excellent in quality. In preparation, we had a mid-morning brunch at home before heading up to the Fairmont spa for a swim; a good way to build an appetite.

So we were jolly hungry when we got to Kittocks Den at 3pm. In expectation of a mountain of sarnies, and more cakes that we could eat, with leftovers to take home, we ordered five afternoon teas. After a ponderous wait, a rather measly three-tier plate arrived. After complaining about the number of sandwiches, the server brought us a second plate of sarnies, and brought us a fifth scone as there were originally only four.

It was a snack rather than a meal. The food was excellent, but we felt that standards had certainly slipped in terms of value for money.

Until we received the bill. It turned out that the waitress had assumed their afternoon teas serve two (as opposed to being a hearty meal for one), and had assumed that Beth would share from ours rather than wanting a portion to herself. So we ate and paid for two afternoon teas, rather than the expected five.

Next time I must make myself clearer when ordering…
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 05:17pm on 13/03/2011 under , ,
Off to the Fairmont for afternoon tea. Five of us: [livejournal.com profile] zephyravictrix, [livejournal.com profile] ormsweird, [livejournal.com profile] kateaw, Beth, and me. From past experience, their afternoon teas — at £13.95 — are impressively large and excellent in quality. In preparation, we had a mid-morning brunch at home before heading up to the Fairmont spa for a swim; a good way to build an appetite.

So we were jolly hungry when we got to Kittocks Den at 3pm. In expectation of a mountain of sarnies, and more cakes that we could eat, with leftovers to take home, we ordered five afternoon teas. After a ponderous wait, a rather measly three-tier plate arrived. After complaining about the number of sandwiches, the server brought us a second plate of sarnies, and brought us a fifth scone as there were originally only four.

It was a snack rather than a meal. The food was excellent, but we felt that standards had certainly slipped in terms of value for money.

Until we received the bill. It turned out that the waitress had assumed their afternoon teas serve two (as opposed to being a hearty meal for one), and had assumed that Beth would share from ours rather than wanting a portion to herself. So we ate and paid for two afternoon teas, rather than the expected five.

Next time I must make myself clearer when ordering…
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 10:27pm on 15/06/2009 under , , ,
Two dates for your diaries:

BBQ on Saturday 20 June — We’ll be braving the weather to have our next BBQ of the season on Saturday, from 1pm, at 29 Brewster Place, St Andrews. Last time the rain held off, although the wind was a little gusty. What will it throw at us this time? As usual, we’ll provide some soft drinks, salads, bread, cheese and some veggie burgers or sausages. If you want something more exciting to drink, or you like a bit of meat, bring it with you.

Birthday tea on Sunday 28 June — At 3pm we’ll be having afternoon tea up at the Fairmont St Andrews, to celebrate my birthday (which is the following day). Join us for sandwiches, scones, cakes and tarts. Oh, and the odd cup of tea. Be prepared to pay about £14 each, and it is worth every penny.

For either of the above, let me know if you’d like to come. All welcome.
location: KY16 8JY

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