One pub customer, after attending The Cowshed at Hucknall, took to Facebook to leave a scathing review of the restaurant and its staff, only they weren’t ready for the owner’s response.
The woman, known as Jo, ‘checked in’ to the restaurant on Facebook to give a long complaint about the service she and her family received while celebrating her sister-in-law’s 50th birthday.
But the owner’s reply to the review provided an eye-opening insight in to what might have actually happened that night, including the party being sick and not abiding by social distancing rules.
Jo’s review began: “Went here yesterday for sister in laws 50th lovely little bar – spent approx £700 between us on drinks and pizza – to be served by some members of staff with awful attitude – to be told we must drink up and leave can’t come back because one member of our party was too drunk.”
The woman continued: “To be them apologised to because someone had told them we were all too drunk – take in to account the money we had spent – to be them told half an hour later the owners wanted us out as we had stood up – bearing in mind we were stood up next to our table away from anyone else…
“…and that we were barred – didn’t mind taking the £700 though I have never been spoken to in such a way / maybe they should open reviews and yes our family member was sick and YES WE CLEANED IT UP – so no members if staff were affected by this…
“…maybe a course for your staff in customer service wouldn’t go amiss – rude staff huffing and puffing because they had a large round to bring out !!! [sic]”
It’s quite the review and anyone who has ever worked in customer service has probably dreaded the moment they would get one like this. Any small business owner knows the damage such a review can do.
With that in mind, the owners and team behind The Cowshed did not hold back in their response.
They quickly put to bed the accusation of ‘spending £700’, by explaining to reach that amount the family would have to order 77 of the most expensive pizzas on the menu or 115 double gin and mixers.
The response said: “So let’s split the difference, seeing as you had spend the ‘£700’ on both pizzas and drinks.. you and your party would have to have ordered 39 of our most expensive pizzas and 57 of our most expensive drinks to have spent £700 at our bar. You ordered no where near this, Jo… not even close.”
If that wasn’t bad enough, the owners literally pulled out the receipts to prove it.
Adding: “So seeing as you are having trouble with your memory & maths, I went over our point of sale system this afternoon for you, along with viewing our footage of your party on CCTV and our copy of your receipts. What you & your party spent, Jo was a far more realistic and believable £280 (£225 on 5 rounds of drinks and £55 on 8 pizzas).
“If you are going to lie, embellish or try to fabricate a ridiculous narrative about your time at our bar… at least make it a believable one.”
The Cowshed, which has a five star rating on TripAdvisor, also had something to say about the claims their staff needed a ‘course in customer service’, and instead took to holding Jo and her party accountable for their behaviour towards staff and fellow diners.
The pub said: “With the ironic exception of the young adults that were in your group and one or two others, you all acted like belligerent, entitled little toddlers from the moment you walked through our gates.
“We allowed members of your party to bring in food from other venues to circumvent their food allergies. We cleaned up all the smashed pint glasses you broke and birthday cake you dropped and smeared all over our tables & benches, and tolerated the many loud family rows you were having with each other.
“Rather than treat our staff like human beings that are just trying to earn a wage, you decided to treat them like your own personal servants, clicking your fingers, shouting, swearing and barking your orders at them, to the point one was almost in tears and refused to deal with you any more.
“You were the loudest, most obnoxious group in the whole bar, just being a nuisance in general and other customers were starting to complain about you at this point. Then, for your party’s grand finale, the gentleman in the blue shirt headed into our bar from outside and decided to vomit everywhere but the toilet.
“Our staff stepped into to help, but you demanded to ‘deal with the situation’ and rather than clean up the mess, proceeded to smear it over an even wider area with our mop, whilst… once again, being loud, rude, sticking your hand in our staff’s faces and shouting over anybody who was trying to communicate with you or help.”
The restaurant went onto explain why they have reviews turned off on social media – as it only gives one side of the story.
They also added that Jo wasn’t barred on the evening, despite ‘clicking fingers, shouting, swearing and barking orders at the staff’, which lead one member of the team to tears.
They explained: “We don’t bar paying customers on a whim. You could have come back, apologised, been given the ‘don’t let it happen again’ speech we’ve all had at one point or another and we’d have all moved on, but no… instead you ran straight to the internet, played victim, and told a pack of lies.”
But it was bad news for Jo in the end anyway as the owners added: “So now consider this your official barring… don’t you or your group ever set foot through our doors again.”
The team ended the post with a statement that said the team ‘won’t be making any more comments or responding on this thread’, and that as far as they were concerned ‘the matter is now over’.
The response, littered with sarcasm, has racked up a few supporters with one person saying: “Congratulations Cowshed, you have won the internet today!”.
Another added: “Coming from a hospitality background having worked in many pubs and restaurants reviews like this can be so damaging and most of time (no one is perfect) extremely untrue and made up! When people read reviews like this they believe that the customer is right.”
A Facebook user added: “Read the review online & omg you nailed it, no establishment should have to deal with selfish morans [sic] like that…my guess is it’s going to give you more publicity. Well done guys”
Huge illegal party at Manchester University student halls caught on video
Fines have been issued…
A huge illegal party at the University of Manchester’s student halls was caught on camera this week.
The large gathering of students was recorded on Snapchat, taking part in a big party just outside the Owens Park halls located in Fallowfield.
The incident, which took place late Thursday night and into Friday morning, was broken up by police and campus security.
Partygoers can be heard shouting and chanting loudly in one video, which was captioned with ‘Covid wah?’, while another clip shows people dancing to music from a sound system.
The University of Manchester has released a statement, with a spokesperson saying the uni ‘strongly condemns’ the students’ actions.
According to the university, students that were involved are having their details recorded, with some going through a disciplinary process, while others have already been issued fines by the police.
A university spokesperson said: “We are aware of this party and our security services worked with Greater Manchester Police to shut it down.
“This behaviour is totally unacceptable and the University strongly condemns it. We have been clear and consistent with our messaging around student conduct and behaviour in halls and we will be working hard to identify those involved.
“Our students must respect social distancing rules and all other restrictions to keep themselves and others safe.
“If students do not comply, they will face disciplinary action from the University, which could lead to fines or expulsion, and we will not hesitate to involve the police if necessary.
“Some students have already been issued with fixed penalty notices by the police. Additional security officers have been deployed in Fallowfield and further reminders sent.
“Details of offending students are being recorded and a number of these will now go through our disciplinary process.”
Gordon Ramsay has angered everyone again with his £56 Sunday roast
Gordon Ramsay has done it again, and this time fans are very unimpressed by his £56 Sunday roast.
The TV chef has already been dragged for serving up a £19 Full English breakfast that was ‘pitiful’, with fans saying ‘where’s the rest of it?’
Someone also left a one-star review on TripAdvisor for ‘five small slices of meat and over salted fries’, aka steak and chips at his restaurant.
Gordon announced the news of his Sunday lunch at the Savoy Grill in London on Instagram, writing: “Sunday’s at @SavoyGrillGordonRamsay roast sirloin of beef with all the trimmings… absolutely stunning!!”.
Except fans were pretty disappointed that ‘all the trimmings’ didn’t exactly mean ‘all’.
One person wrote: “Is that a child’s portion?”, while another added: “Where’s the rest of it?”
A third person commented: “Error 404. Trimmings not found.”
The worst bit, the restaurant charges £56 for two courses and a drink.
The roast uses ‘prime local produce’ and the ‘precise culinary techniques’ used mean guests can ‘revel in the delights of roast sirloin of beef, seasonal vegetables and Yorkshire pudding, followed by a classic Savoy dessert – Baked Alaska’.
The website adds that you can top it off with your choice of ‘Bloody Mary or fruit cocktail’ for a two course experience ‘you’ll remember’.
But not everyone was as mortified as others.
One person pointed out: “If you want shit food and lots of it for a cheap price go to a Toby carvery, if you want quality food from a Michelin star chef it comes with a price!”
Another added: “Oh hell yes!”
What do you think, would you pay £56 for a roast?
Man shares cleaning hack that shows how dirty your ‘clean’ towels actually are
This is disgusting…
Jared Guynes shared his wife’s cleaning hack for towels, warning that ‘clean’ towels are actually pretty nasty.
People have been left seriously grossed out by this towel cleaning hack that reveals just how dirty your ‘clean’ towels actually are.
Sharing pictures of freshly cleaned towels in grimy water on Facebook, Jared has racked up over 86,000 shares and loads of people have vowed to give this a go.
Despite these towels having just gone through a wash, the bathtub is full of thick, cloudy brown water. Jared said your towels are ‘probably this nasty too’.
His wife got the cleaning tip from a YouTube video for ‘towel stripping’. The deep clean requires a cocktail of Arm & Hammer, baking soda, borax, Oxi Clean and hot water in the bath, and soaking your towels overnight.
Jared wrote: “In this case she took our collection of clean towels, let me say that again, the towels were totally clean, washed and folded and in the linen closet, completely clean, completely normal.
“The story that she told me is that over the years of use, microscopic amounts of soap and detergent get locked in to the fibres of the towels.
“Subsequently that stuff gets gummed up and can also trap microscopic amounts of dirt and grime and bacteria, even after going through the washing machine with detergent.
“So after seeing someone else do it she decided to do the experiment on our own towels here in the tub.
“I’m literally freaking out right now. The towels at your house, no matter how clean you think they are, are probably this nasty too.”
There are over 32,000 comments on the original post but not everyone is convinced the dirt is actually from the towels.
One pointed out: “It’s the combination of chemicals. nothing on your clean towels can product that colour of water”. And another added ‘this would be impressive with white towels’.
But others are shuddering at the thought of how dirty other things in their house could be. One added: “Just think of your bed sheets, pillows, duvet and mattress. Then there’s underwear too.”