The Restaurant Review That Went Viral

By Sophie Teague
28th Jan 2016

when harry met sally cafe scene

This is a little something to think about the next time you attempt to take down an establishment that is not up to your "standards"... 

A Trip Advisor review has gone viral this month, after 'Hannah C' from North Yorkshire in the UK complained about the concept of paying £2 for a cup of hot water and a slice of lemon. So, she took to Trip Advisor to vent her frustration at Bennett’s Café and Bistro in High Petergate - and presumably to garner a little online support from her comment-thread brothers and sisters in arms.

But BOY OH BOY did it go wrong. It all started, innocently enough, with the below review:

Now you’re probably thinking, rightly so! £2 is daytime robbery for a cup of boiling h20 and lemon wedge. Well, you’d think wrong, because the staff from Bennett’s have written a killer reply that put us all in our places:

‘I’m sorry that you feel that you were ripped off and Ill try to explain why you weren’t. You entered the cafe and the waiter showed you to your seat, gave you a menu, waited for a time and then took your order.

‘He entered it into the till, collected a cup, saucer and spoon and took them into the kitchen. There, he selected a knife, chopping board, got a lemon from the fridge, cut off a slice and put it in the cup. Then, he returned to the dining room, drew off the necessary hot water and carried the cup to your table.

‘When you were leaving, he printed off your bill, took it to you, processed your credit card payment and cashed off the till.

‘After you left, he cleared away your cup, saucer and spoon, took them into the kitchen, washed and dried them, along with the chopping board and knife and put away the lemon.

‘Then, returning to the dining room he restacked the cup, saucer and spoon, wiped down your table and replaced the menu, awaiting the next customer. That’s at least 2-3 minutes work for the waiter.

‘The cost of overheads for the business, i.e rent, business rates, electricity costs, bank charges, etc works out at £27.50 per hour of trading. I pay my colleagues a decent living wage and after taking into account holiday pay, national insurance and non-productive time prior to opening and after closing, the waiter who served you costs me £12.50 per hour.

‘Therefore, together the cost is £40 per hour or 67p per minute, meaning that the cost of providing you with 2-3 minutes of service was £1.34 £2.00. Then the government add on VAT at 20% which takes the cost of that cup of fruit infusion to between £1.60 and £2.40 irrespective of whether you had a teabag costing one and a half pence or a slice of lemon costing five pence.

‘I have to pay my suppliers otherwise the facilities won’t be available to other people who use them in the future. I accept that it makes the price of a cuppa in a city centre cafe look expensive compared to the one you make at home, but unfortunately that’s the cruel reality of life.

‘It’s actually the facilities that cost the money, far more so than the ingredients.

‘Perhaps, the rudeness that you perceived in me was triggered by the disrespect that I perceived in you by your presumption that you could use our facilities and be waited on for free’.

In our books, they’ve literally just won the sassiest and smartest café in the world. Go Bennett’s! Now we can all begin backspacing our brutal reviews in one swift motion. It pays to be nice, Listers!

Now that's something your waiter wishes you would stop doing - so here are 7 things your bartender wishes you would stop doing too.

Photo credit: YouTube

Get our top stories direct to your inbox.

You May Also Like