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A la Colthard/The Ivy in The Lanes

I am getting more and more concerned by service and organisation of local restaurants which I have patronised.

At the Ivy in the Lanes yesterday evening the greeting was poor, my friend’s steak, ordered as medium rare, was virtually raw.

We had difficulty in attracting a waiter/waitress, the cocktails were expensive but of small measures.

All came to a bill for £113 for 2 with only one main course each.

On one hand, restaurants are making up for lost profits in the lockdown but – on the other – lack of supply, absenteeism and varied interpretation of Covid protocols makes the whole experience unsatisfactory.

In yesterday’s Telegraph a columnist wrote of the new phenomenon HOGO – (the Hassle of Going Out).

Gone are the cravings to go released post-Freedom Day, replaced by an institutionalised desire to stay at home generated by lockdown.

If the columnist is correct my recent experience is that restaurants are not helping themselves.

About Daphne Colthard

After graduating at RADA but finding no roles Daphne went into magazine journalism with Good Housekeeping. Widely recognised as one of the country's leading restaurant and hotel reviewers, particularly by herself, Daphne is the author of "Bedded and Breakfasted", a light hearted chick novel and Grand Hotels DC: the Daffers Dictionary. Daphne lives in West London and is married to an investment banker Oliver. They have 2 boys Humphrey and Tarquin. More Posts

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