Lunchtime - The Inn on the Pond, Nutfield - September 2011 ] ::
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Our visit to the
Inn-on-Pond in Nutfield on the 11th of September had its usual low
turnout which suggests that either the date or the place is not
attractive to our Members. It is effectively the first of the Autumn
Sunday lunchtime meetings which could easily get forgotten. However this
year we had the additional grief of the place being full of cars and
also being overrun by a swarm of very noisy and buzzy Subarus. We were
told that no tables were available for lunch until after 2 o’clock and
one of the Members was apparently given the indication that we were
taking up places in the car park which would be could have been used by
their regular clients. When I spoke later to a very harassed Manageress
she indicated that nobody had told her that we were coming, nobody had
booked any tables and yes, that our members had got upset and ‘stormed
off’ when no tables could be found. The few of our Members who came
had indeed left, some to find alternative pubs and others to go home.
Bearing in mind that we have been coming to this pub at this time
regularly for a large number of years, I was most surprised to get this
kind of reaction. Guess perhaps we have to find a new pub for this date
; with space and grace!
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