18 August 2006

Phrases you don't often hear......

In the pub last night, I asked for a mineral water. The response was "it's spring water, is that okay?" I was astonished. Never, ever, in years of ordering water in restaurants and bars has anyone pointed out that what they were serving wasn't mineral water. There are Indian restaurants in London that charge £4.50 a bottle for spring water. Sometimes it is only filtered water served in fancy bottles, still charged at a horrendous rate. There doesn't seem to be any price differential between filtered, spring or mineral water, only on the amount of fancy design on the bottle, or the gall of the restaurant.
Full marks to the barmaid at the Riverside Bar, Tower Bridge Road for her honesty and knowledge!

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