Review unfair to Fairlie

23 March 2006
Review unfair to Fairlie

We're writing in response to the review published on Saturday 4 March in the Daily Telegraph, referring to "the Scottish waiter trapped in a fine-dining environment when he or she is perhaps more suited to clubbing seals for a living".

As employees of the Scottish restaurant industry we find this statement truly offensive. Having dined on more than one occasion at Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, we can say that this review is unprofessional, vindictive and insulting.

It's obvious that Jan Moir has overlooked the emphasis on attention to detail placed upon the surroundings and service at the restaurant. She clearly travelled a long distance and perhaps a touch of travel sickness hindered her ability to write a true and objective article.

Food critics are required to enter each establishment with an open mind, but Jan Moir obviously drew her own conclusions before she entered the restaurant. She was intent on being negative.

She should make sure her facts are correct. A full public apology is expected in writing.

Two professional waiters from Scotland

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