We agreed that it did us good to visit the cafe once in a blue moon, just to remind ourselves why we didn't want to go there regularly, or, make it a meeting point to catch up with friends. It's a pity, because they serve good coffee, really good scones, and large lumps of cake and generous squares of tray bakes they make. The cafe is overlooking a harbour and in fine weather, (or, weather that's warm enough in a brisk breeze) you can sit outdoors at large wooden tables. Even a dog water bowl is provided as a little welcome for people dropping by with their four legged friends in tow. But...... for all this, we cannot bring ourselves to enthuse about the place.
Today, on one of our rare visits a delightful waitress attended to our order. I asked for a glass of water and hubby requested a cold can of flavoured fizz. The can of drink given, was warm. As she was going to get some ice at hubby's request, I asked if I could have some ice for my glass of water. "Of course you can," she replied, then took my glass saying, "if you want more water, please do ask".
Two glasses reappeared both with ice in them, mine without water! "Ooh dear, I'm so sorry," said the waitress, as she dashed off .
We finished our snack and waited for the next bit of the order. It did not arrive. I queued up inside the cafe to place the order again and foolishly added to it a slice of banana loaf. Very eventually, one black coffee and a pot of tea arrived... without a cup. I stared at the teapot. Meantime a hapless dog appeared at the foot of the table looking for water in a pretty dry dog bowl. I understood how he felt.
Whoever cut the slice of banana loaf used the same knife that cut a butter cream blackcurrant concoction. I sent it back and the cake reappeared looking like it had been wiped.
I think we will give up reminding ourselves why we should not visit the cafe. We're unlikely ever to be surprised with acceptable service.