The newly refurbished restaurant at Blakes Hotel is not only dog-friendly but also child-friendly. God help us!
It was a warm Summer evening and as the days with the Tykes are winding down, we went for dinner together – spending as much time as we possibly can. Mummy asked if we could all sit in the courtyard because if me and George – and told them, they really should because there will be three very active kids. And they listened to Mummy’s good advice.I was sitting with them but they were starting to do all sorts of crazy things.I decided it was safer to sit on the floor with George – taking cover!They were then distracted by the parrots. After awhile, the hotel staff told them the parrots needed to go to bed. I wonder if that was the real reason – or were the concerned for the welfare of the birds?
Finally the parents arrived and food was finally ordered. George and I have been sitting very quietly under the table … Tagliolini with truffles … I recognise that smell. I’ve smelled them before – pure gold! Mummy said I should have been trained to smell them out but have a feeling I might eat them before Mummy could find me.
May’s comment: Before Blakes Hotel was refurbished, dogs were allowed in the restaurant. But after they reopened, dogs were only allowed in the courtyard.
As it was a pleasant summer evening, also because of the kids, I thought it might be nice to enjoy the lovely courtyard. That way I could bring Darcy and George. On several occasions whenever I frequented the place, I would ask the Manager to reconsider their dog policy. I knew they were softening when I stayed at the hotel recently with Darcy. It was winter, so sitting outside was not an option. There was of course room service, but it was a quiet evening, and since I was a hotel guest, I asked for permission to sit in a quiet corner of the bar with Darcy – and they obliged.At yesterday’s dinner when the restaurant manager saw us, including the dogs seated outside, he mentioned that they have started allowing dogs inside. I could have hugged him, and told him so. He said, a lady once asked him why they did not allow dogs, so they had re-grouped to reconsider – and the result – they had reversed their policy! I said proudly, “That was me!”