Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt
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The Assmolean Dining Room

Last week before leaving California for London, I decided that it would be fun to have a cream tea whilst in England. After a quick look around, it seemed like the best option would be to check out the new Ashmolean Dining Room in Oxford. After all, Jancis Robinson's husband is apparently involved, and they have a Web site with posted menus.

Let's have a look! If you load their Web site, you'll see this:

Ashmolean Web site

Tea for two for £25? Yes please! And what does this tea consist of? Let's have a look! If you read their menu, you'll see this:

Ashmolean Afternoon Tea

This afternoon, Dan and I arrived promptly at 3 pm to enjoy our delicious afternoon tea. And guess what the menu they handed us looked like? Here it is - take a look!

Ashmolean Dining Room

That's right - there is no afternoon tea at the Ashmolean Dining Room!

Dear Ashmolean Dining Room staff: If you don't actually sell something - e.g. afternoon tea - then please don't put it on your Web site or on the online version of your menu. Some of your overseas visitors may be in England for only a very limited time; when this is the case, they often plan where they're going to be eating in advance so as to optimize their vacation plans. And when you're totally moronic and post menus that don't actually exist to your Web site, it's, well, really fucking lame of you. Thank you.

PS. I wound up having tea at the motorway services just before getting back on the motorway to London. I hate to say it, but it was better than your £25 tea will ever be because it actually existed.
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