Saturday 15th September: First time to The Oak pub in the well-to-do area of Westbourne Park/Notting Hill. Well…you’d think they’d have better manners and service! It was actually hilarious and here is why…
Long version of the story (skip to the short version if pushed for time):
There were around 12 of us booked for a table at 9pm, we decided to meet upstairs and have some drinks (some of our group were interrogated at the main entrance by bouncers “who is the table booked under, where are you headed etc.) Once upstairs we found a corner for our herd, bouncer dramas since forgotten, when we were then shouted at by an extremely stroppy waitress to “keep out of the way” as she was attending a private party and needed a “clear space to walk through AT ALL TIMES!”, we really are nice people and made sure there was a clear walkway, “BUT IT WASN’T BIG ENOUGH!”….
Finally it was time to go to our table…two additional friends decided to stay for dinner so we asked to squeeze them in to the manager. This request was met with a death stare and an “OMG are you serious, it isn’t going to happen”. So two of us (including me as I’m so nice) volunteered to dine at the bar area…to be honest, we were the only two singles in the group so were relieved to escape for a while.
It gets better! My friend ordered a cocktail, the Tukanka, whose ingredients are: Zubrowka vodka, Eager apple juice and elderflower cordial. The barman (who was actually nice but either new or just clueless) said it would have to be made by the bar upstairs and might take a while. We asked if he had vodka and apple juice, to which he replied yes, so she asked for vodka apple juice. I then asked if he had any elderflower juice…he said yes…
Oh it doesn’t end there! So then we ordered our food and we weren’t that hungry so asked if we could share a pizza and go 50/50 on toppings. I wanted the Diavola: tomato, mozzarella, spiced salami and my friend wanted the Margherita: tomato, mozzarella, fresh basil. He asked the chef who said it wasn’t possible. So, after laughing for a bit, we asked for the Diavola and we would personally put all the salami onto one side of the pizza.
Nice venue and food, bad service and attitudes. Shame.