This is (or was) the 'go to' pub for me and a group of film friends whenever we go to Leicester Square to the cinema. We often meet up here before a film, or in between films at an annual five day film festival. It's normally OK. Friendly staff, food and drink a tad on the pricey side due to the central London location but there is a good selection and the quality is normally fine. It gets quite busy at peak times, but people tend to come and go quite quickly so you can usually get a table if you are patient.
Sadly something happened on Good Friday. I'm hoping it was a one-off and have complained to the head office in the hope that the issue will not recur. There was an Easter egg raffle, with tickets sold for £1 by bar staff. There were a range of eggs, around 12 in total including small bags of mini eggs. I bought a ticket, asked when the draw would take place, and I was told as it would be after 8pm when I was due to leave I could leave my name and number, which I did.
Around 7.30pm most (if not all, but at least half a dozen) of the eggs were taken over and given to the table next to ours. This table had already been identified to us earlier as a group of regulars. No draw had taken place. We were sat right in front of the bar and heard/saw nothing. When I challenged the barman about this he gave me a very artificial 'confused' look as if I was crazy and said that the draw had just taken place. I pointed out to him that this was evidently not true, but he persisted with the lying.
I don't like being lied to or treated like an idiot and I'm hoping that this favouritism is attributable to a new member of staff who will be taken to task. If not I suspect the nearby Wetherspoons will become the new go to bar.
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