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Waverley Tea Room (Glasgow, Scotland)

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      26.06.2006 01:15
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      Good, with the potential to be better with a little more attention to detail

      The Waverley Tea Room is G1 Groups latest tentacle in its octopus-like (octopine???) takeover of Glasgow's drinking establishments. Situated in the heart of Shawlands, it's a good place to lounge and catch up with people.

      We happened to be passing and, on a rare Glasgow sunny day, the sight of people sitting out in the light was irresistible. When the weather's right, the outside seating is a high point - a regular suntrap though there's very little people watching to be done; the locale is pretty residential.

      We chose to go inside (too chilly despite the sun - there's Glasgow for you) and were immediately impressed by the long room, with it's tall ceilings, stylish leather furniture and the entire length of one wall given to wine racks - an excellent use of space and done in such a way as to make it a feature. Lighting suitably mod and the music of the moment was soul/funk. Widescreen TVs on the wall were showing football, as you might expect.

      The clientele was quite mixed, all ages including families with young children, and most people looked like they'd been there awhile and enjoying it.

      A reasonably extensive wine list, perfectly reasonable G&T and a surprisingly good glass of the house red were features. Service was attentive at the bar, though a little impaired by a lack of awareness about how to operate the till (we assumed the young lady was new).

      Generally a positive experience except for a lack of attention to detail: the wineglass still wet from the dishwasher with drops of water clinging to it, the nachos served with the grated cheese still cold (forgotten to stick it under the grill) and the slightly scatterbrained approach of the barstaff, all young ladies of a certain age and all slightly too interested in having a laugh than seeing things done as they should be.

      I think a little more senior supervision is required.

      In all other respects, a perfectly reasonable place to spend your money.

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