Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
November 29, 2003
My really big gripe about this place and the reason I do not recommend it is the service. It became clear to me after I had ordered that this is very much the territory of local people and is seen as being off-limits to tourists. Although it was very quiet, I was ignored for ages at the counter by the woman serving. Just as I was about to leave, she decided to serve me. That was done very much WITHOUT a smile. A man in there who was well known and obviously local made a point of immediately sitting down in someone's seat as soon as they got up to go to the counter, and he did this throughout the time I was there, constantly moving tables. The other people thought it was hilarious. A girl from the youth hostel where I was staying was on the Internet terminal, and a local man kept going up behind her and reading closely what she was doing. When she left, he made a really negative comment about her, to laughter from the locals. I decided not to bother using the Internet after all at this stage. Unless you're really desperate for an early Sunday breakfast or Internet access, I really DON'T recommend this place.
From journal Mulling in Tobermory