My chap and I have really got this “being cheap” thing down.
We spent the day running a fair few errands, and then doing a lot of eating and drinking. Only once did we pay full price for anything we consumed.
My work discount card covered a 20% discount in Nando’s, and then we popped (very deliberately) into The Berkley at 5:05pm to take advantage of their 2 for 1 cocktails. We did have to pay full price for the ice cream we went for, but that was a treat worth spending out on.
I’ve done this in reverse chronological order, because my favourite food story happened at lunchtime.
We went to Rumpus Cosy, which is, exceptionally cosy. After perusing the menu, I plumped for the turkey sandwich, and Andy for the “Bunny Burger”. Only it wasn’t rabbit. It was venison. And they didn’t have turkey, so I had to choose again. There was “Tart of the Day”, which I eventually chose, taking the risk of telling them to keep its contents a surprise until it came to our table. The waiter duly obliged, eventually bringing our lunch over, and saying “Well? I’ll give you a hint, it’s got three ingredients.”
I could immediately see big chunks of potato in the tart, and a slightly stringy green vegetable, which I deduced was spinach. “I’ll take a pre-emptive guess of potato, spinach and…onion?”
“Oh, so close! Two of those are right.”
“Okay, well I’ll eat this and have a think.”
Lunch was a fairly quiet affair, as eating and conversing is pretty tricky. I then had a brainwave and started cycling through all of the cheeses that could have been used.
By the time we got up to pay (after 20 minutes of Andy forcing me to eat the salad that came with my tart, no matter how much I whined about it), I had settled on Potato, Spinach and Goats Cheese, after a wobble over Stilton.
But before I opened my mouth, the waiter said “I’ll up the stakes.”
“If you can guess this right, I’ll take 5% off.”
“Oh heck. Well, we’re going with Potato, Spinach and Goats Cheese.”
“Noooooo! It was a cheese though.”
“Was it Stilton? I bet it was Stilton, I even said it was Stilton at one point.”
“It wasn’t Stilton. It was just blue cheese. But I’ll take the 5% off anyway, because I’ve enjoyed this.”
See? People are nice. Andy and I just can’t agree which of us the waiter was secretly in love with. It was definitely me with my sparkling charm and wit though.