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Rose Cottage (Alciston)
Author Name: Karen Jackson
Rose Cottage (Alciston)
Advantages: Well kept beer
Disadvantages: We felt unwelcome
My husband and I booked the second sitting for Mother's Day lunch, as a treat for his mother. The reservation was for 2 o'clock. We had never been to the pub before, and arrived at 1.30, thinking we would have a drink before lunch. As I opened the door, (my 91 year old mother-in-law behind me) and tried to enter, the landlord blocked the door and asked if we were for the 2 o'clock sitting. When I replied, yes, he rudely said we would have to go away and come back at 2 o'clock, as it was crowded and they needed time to set up the table. I replied that I thought it was a pub, and perhaps we could have drink before lunch. He said that if we wanted a drink, we'd have to have it outside. (It was freezing!). If it had not been Mother's Day we would have left there and then. We waited in the car for half an hour, then tried again. The 2 o'clock patrons were all lined up outside patiently waiting to be let in. We were shown to our tables, and ordered. The young waiting staff were very pleasant, but the food was completely average, and you felt like they couldn't wait for you to eat and leave. I also resented the menu stating that a 10% tip would be charged. Mr Basil, I usually tip more, so you lost out. The leaving present of a cupcake for our mother was a nice touch, had it not been thrust under her nose without a word, by the landlord. We won't be returning, and I'm sure he couldn't care less. There are so many lovely places to eat nearby, perhaps people come because they like the quirky abuse! It is a shame, as my husband enjoyed his pint of Harveys.
Summary: Go for drink outside in the summer when the landlord is on holiday!
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