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The Fairmont hotel in St Andrews has its Christmas market running this coming weekend, from Friday through to Sunday, together with various Christmas-inspired events. I took Beth along to last year’s fair, and she rather enjoyed it. Lots of stalls to look at, too many opportunities to spend money, and some good nibbles.

http://www.christmasinnovember.co.uk

Looking forward to going along this weekend, probably around Saturday lunchtime. Will we see you there?
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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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 10:31pm on 22/01/2011 under , , , ,
Fairmont Spa Members’ Evening
As members of the spa at the Fairmont, [livejournal.com profile] kateaw and I attended the spa members’ event this evening. It should have been a Christmas party, but was delayed into January. It took the form of a dinner/dance — there was a hot buffet, followed by a ceilidh.

As vegetarians, we aren’t surprised to find restricted choices with buffets, particularly if the veggie main course is something we’re not keen on, but we can usually fill up with potatoes and vegetables. Tonight didn’t work well for us. The veggie option was a goats’ cheese tart, containing Mediterranean veg, and the vegetable side dish was… mixed Mediterranean veg. I’m not particularly keen on peppers, and Kate can eat neither goats’ cheese nor aubergines. And the potato dish contained bacon, which is just evil.

Mind you, the puddings were good.

Then Kate and I escaped before the dancing started. With my aversion to dancing, and Kate’s gammy leg, we’re not likely to hit the dance floor. Still, it was good to get out, and meet a few of Kate’s aquarobics chums.

[Poll #1671179]

We listened to Black Sabbath’s Heaven and Hell on the way home. Quite my favourite Sabbath album; Dio is the Sabbath singer for me.
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 10:31pm on 22/01/2011 under , , , ,
Fairmont Spa Members’ Evening
As members of the spa at the Fairmont, [livejournal.com profile] kateaw and I attended the spa members’ event this evening. It should have been a Christmas party, but was delayed into January. It took the form of a dinner/dance — there was a hot buffet, followed by a ceilidh.

As vegetarians, we aren’t surprised to find restricted choices with buffets, particularly if the veggie main course is something we’re not keen on, but we can usually fill up with potatoes and vegetables. Tonight didn’t work well for us. The veggie option was a goats’ cheese tart, containing Mediterranean veg, and the vegetable side dish was… mixed Mediterranean veg. I’m not particularly keen on peppers, and Kate can eat neither goats’ cheese nor aubergines. And the potato dish contained bacon, which is just evil.

Mind you, the puddings were good.

Then Kate and I escaped before the dancing started. With my aversion to dancing, and Kate’s gammy leg, we’re not likely to hit the dance floor. Still, it was good to get out, and meet a few of Kate’s aquarobics chums.

[Poll #1671179]

We listened to Black Sabbath’s Heaven and Hell on the way home. Quite my favourite Sabbath album; Dio is the Sabbath singer for me.
location: St Andrews, Scotland

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