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Marquis of Granby (Bamford)

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Pub/Restaurant/Hotel. Sickleholme, Bamford, near Sheffield, S30 2BH
Phone: +44 (0)1433 651206, Fax: +44 (0)1433 651206

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      25.03.2001 05:44
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      When I graduated in 1966 from the University of Birmingham, there were far fewer facilities to refer to for career guidance but, surprisingly, it was probably easier to get a job in whatever line of business you chose. I applied for numerous jobs and went to a wide range of interviews all over the UK. I decided to 'stay' in Chemistry and started a job in September 1966 working for Derbyshire County Council in the County Analyst's Laboratory in Matlock in Derbyshire. That was a strange era. After starting work, I was soon out 'exploring' the local hostelries and discos. Have car and appetite, will travel was my motto then , and I soon found the pub/disco/restaurant, The Marquis of Granby on the A625 at Bamford at the junction with the road through Bamford to Ladybower. They have not changed much, as we found out when re-visiting the place recently. The 'ballroom' is still active, not with 'discos', but occasional appearances by 1960/70 'groups'. That was not however what attracted us in February to the Marquis of Granby, but an advertisement in the local 'free newspaper 'The Peak Advertiser' for their 'Madness Menu'. This advertised their 3 course dinner in the restaurant for £14.95 per head, the 'madness' being that a second person could dine for an additional £2. We reserved a table and entered the bar first. A very good pint of Guinness for £2.15 and a large glass of dry white wine for £2.95 set the scene. The dining room adjoins the bar and perhaps suffers from lighting that is too bright, but the service was excellent and the meal extremely good value with this deal. I started with an excellent garlic-flavoured pate with French toast, with an excellent sirloin steak with pepper sauce and the usual trimmings and a 'zesty' lemon tart. Heather had an avocado salad and grilled salmon with 'chef's selection' of al-de nte vegetables w with the same lemon tart. Excellent caffetier of coffee (£1.45) completed the experience. There was sufficient coffee in the one cafetirre for both of us (as recommended by the very friendly, black-tied middle-aged waiter). Thus, an excellent meal with drinks for 2 for the princely sum of under £24. We also noticed a good offer on for hotel accommodation £32 per person per night for Dinner/Bed and Breakfast. Thus, with our latest visit to Derbyshire, we though we would repeat the experience. Thus, on Thursday 15 March, I telephoned the Marquis of Granby to book. Remember at this time, the Foot & Mouth fear and restrictions were affecting the Derbyshire countryside, so I naturally thought that any local businesses would be pleased to receive our custom. How wrong could I be ! The person who answered the phone was so snooty then I think that she really must have been the Marquise herself. I enquired first about the 'Madness offer' that we had experienced barely 4 weeks before, quoting the date of the newspaper. "Eoh, Oi rarther think it finished yesterday, but I'll just check ..." ("Yesterday?", I thought - whenever doo offers finish on a Wednesday ?). After waiting for 2 minutes the haughty voice came back on to inform me very snootily that the offer had "finished yesterday", but the dining room was open, and they would extend the offer "just this once". I asked for a table at 7 pm, and after another minute of 'checking' was told 'frostily' that this was satisfactory, but we would be expected to 'leave by 8.30 pm'. After replacing the telephone, I spoke to Heather who was distinctly unhappy about dining 'under sufferance'. I thus telephoned back immediately, telling the 'Marquise' that we 'did not wish to dine there tonight'. This was 'not appreci ated', so that I had to replace the telephone to curtail the conversation. About 5 minutes later, she (having dialled 1471), telephoned me back with a fulsome 'excuse' (rather than apology), but obviously 'our mind' was made up and we dined instead at the 'Scotsman's' Pack' in Hathersage - those 'pine kernels' are really nice - according to Heather - I had my favourite carnivore selection (Mixed Grill - Whahay !). We will not give up on the place though. After a 'suitable period of time' we shall return !

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