I just returned from a short jaunt to the Royal Burgh of Elgin, in Scotland. Never heard of it? It’s in the heart of whiskey country so all you Glenlivet or Chivas fans would have a field day in this general area, which is chock full of distilleries, all giving tours and, of course, samples. There’s just one thing the service (hotels, restaurants, etc.) here is very odd. The not-so-short story: This is the land of “no.” Want a cappucino from room service at 9:30 a.m.? No! (The machine takes 15 minutes to warm up.) Lunch ordered at 2:15? No! Want to get into a bar at midnight? No! (Gotta be in there by 10:30 to stay that late.) And, my favorite “no” happened at a pub. I was with two friends, we all ordered fish-n-chips (hey, when in Rome...) and one appetizer to share. The guy brings the appetizer, but only one set of utensils. Want other utensils? All together now NO! Apparently the rule is that you only get one set of utensils per plate. Never mind that we had 3 plates of fish-n-chips on order, they wouldn’t give us those utensils until they brought us those plates. So, if you’re planning on traveling to the Scottish countryside, I suggest you travel with (a) your own coffee and (b) a set of utensils, like these from L.L. Bean. I certainly won’t go back without them. $20.
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