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Restaurant's ripping off their staff

It's long weekend as I write this and for this food blogger it's been a few weeks of disappointing restaurant visits for which I can't comment more on, as I'd decided long ago that I would only post on restaurants that were currently performing well. As a consequence I am sometimes left short as far as reviews go so as to keep with my weekly post I figure I would put together a montage of other things I had been up to during the month. 

Deep fried ravioli, Tomato Bruschetta - Jamie Oliver, Richmond
I'm not sure if you are aware of the restaurant's out there that had been pocketing 100% of their waiting staff's tips, (I think this is appalling) this includes any cash tips you may have thought you were slipping your waiter/waitress. Of the restaurants that had been named - Cote Brasserie, Pizza Express and Giraffe, only Giraffe has since reversed their policy and now give tips to their staff. I suspect there are quite a few more restaurants that are also misleading customers regarding their tips. Not good, I just hope staff get what they deserve and customers have visibility over where their money is actually going. 

Rain - brollies at Jamies Oliver - Richmond, The Bingham bar area
Anyway, back to my month, I often at times end up at Jamie's in Richmond... why? Firstly the price, secondly the price again, and thirdly the food and service and ambience is pretty good. Its been particularly wet this August and probably one of the most rubbish summer months I have ever had in London, I swear its been raining or dreary for almost a month now. So the night we went to Jamie's there was a queue of umbrella's lined up along the wall by the front entrance. It says it all about the summer we've had. All in all we did manage to get a few lovely days in the borough and on one lucky day it was sunshine all round for the Richmond festival. Hooray! This festival is held riverside in Richmond and goes for an entire weekend with music, drink and hoards of day-trippers raiding the M&S isles of picnic food. 

High Tea, The Bingham
Also during the month I celebrated a friends birthday with a high tea at the Bingham in Richmond. I must say I still haven't had a high tea that has even come close to that of The Ritz. If you haven't had a Ritz high tea, do book one for your next special occasion.

So sometimes you end up at places that don't do good food and sometimes unexpected places pop up and I was pleased today that I got an opportunity to eat at fullers pub, The Prince Blucher by Twickenham Green today with a group of friends who really enjoyed their food. I had a decent burger there as well but reading through their menu today I could see that they were serious about the food and where they are sourcing their produce and other interesting option. It got my attention and I have an inkling I'll be doing pub food review in the future. So until then I hope everyone enjoys their Monday off work while I post this very late blog entry. Enjoy!
Pasta, Tiramisu - Jamie Oliver, Richmond


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