Sunday Special: London Restaurant Doesn’t “Accommodate” Diner’s Son

Today I received several tweets referencing a particular comment on a restaurant review that was published in ’The Guardian’. After sifting through the tweets, I saw that several high-profile people had tweeted about the comment, leading me to question how good it could really be. Sometimes the internet decides something is CRAZY and it winds up being a troll, resulting in great disappointment. This time, however, the people delivered.

First, we have the review itself, written by Marina O’Loughlin. Like any other restaurant review, it’s primarily about the food. The restaurant is called The Dairy, a name that later proves to be an amusing coincidence. 

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"…a series of small thrills", indeed. This review was overall very favorable, prompting a bunch of totally normal comments. That is, until we meet AngeliqiueMurphy. 

It all began when AngeliqiueMurphy left her crazy comment and Marina O’Loughlin tweeted this:

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After a bunch of people read the comment, they started the typical internet process of elimination by wondering aloud if the comment was even real. 

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In the majority of social media situations that involve a business given an unfavorable review, the business doesn’t go out of its way to defend itself or corroborate stories and accusations. That can quickly lead to The Most Epic Brand Meltdown On Facebook Ever, and no one (except the general public) wants that. Even popping into Yelp to defend yourself is a terrible idea if you represent a restaurant or some other service business. But today, The Dairy spectacularly broke that rule.

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Now the internet had confirmation from the restaurant that AngeliqiueMurphy is no bullshitter — she’s a real life sanctimommy whose comment justifiably commanded the internet’s attention. Marina O’Loughlin responded with wide-eyed zeal.

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At this point Marina was beyond impressed — with AngeliqiueMurphy, with The Dairy, and with the internet at large. These are the moments we live for these days, are they not?

But okay — what DID AngeliqiueMurphy say that inspired tweets from people like Caitlin Moran and popular Guardian writer Jay Rayner? We all know the psychological and physical destruction sanctimommies are capable of — especially in restaurants — so could AngeliqiueMurphy really be that bad? The rumor on Twitter was that she’d deleted her comment, but a blessed soul named Andrew Harvey took a screenshot before it was removed. Personally, the comment is still showing up for me, so maybe it was reinstated? Who knows. But this is what ‘Sanctimummy of the Year’ AngeliqiueMurphy had to say, and YES, it is most glorious:

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To recap: the food was good, the service was above average considering the staff didn’t serve AngeliqiueMurphy brandy as she breastfed her son, AND the restaurant didn’t ask her table to leave despite watching them circle the drain for what sounds like a zillion painful hours. AngeliqiueMurphy is a deluded drunken thief who probably changes her baby’s diapers on restaurant tables and will soon have a toddler who scribbles all over restaurant walls as she “sips” brandy with her posse and guzzles wine straight from the bottle.

The Dairy had one last thing to say about all of that:

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I’m just glad we can all agree that The Dairy’s butter is amazing.

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