Dear Editor, To make such a criticism of a restaurant that there were too many old people in it was ridiculous (Richard McComb review of The Fountain, Clent, Post, September 30).
Could it not be that the older generation are a more discerning audience who recognise good value for money.
But as you are so brilliant, I would not expect you to recognise that.
To make such a withering review on just one sitting is a nonsense, even if you are so brilliant.
I am glad that you are unlikely to venture out of your comfort zone of Edgbaston as your absence will make it just a little easier to get a table at a restaurant that is consistently one of the best in the area as proven by the number of people taking lunch when it had the misfortune to be visited by you.
Dear Editor, I read the article with some distress. It is more about the management, staff and customers than it is about the food.
I find it difficult to put myself in your shoes. Personally, I prefer some elegance rather than the spit and sawdust to which you clearly have been accustomed and in which you doubtless feel at home. You have such a very big head with, so it seems, little in it.
Nature abhors a vacuum but she looks to have done her best in this instance to create one.
I have many friends who frequently eat at The Fountain and all approve its excellence. It is a bit expensive and the service is sometimes a bit slow, but of course it is all home cooked on the premises.
Dear Editor, After reading the article I felt it necessary to put in writing to how derogatory it was and to say that it is in no way a true reflection of this restaurant. As a regular at The Fountain, I, along with many others I am sure, entirely disagree with the content of his report. How can he be allowed to write such lies and rubbish?
Dear Editor, With only high praise for the hearty food and pleasant evenings on the occasions I have eaten at the Fountain, you can imagine (presumably like many others) how appalled I was to digest Mr McComb’s grossly misleading article.
Whilst Mr McComb is perfectly entitled to his opinion, legitimate comment about the standard of service and quality of the food is one thing, which Mr McComb surprisingly spends very little time commenting upon.
However, his perceived vicious personal verbal assault on Richard Macey and his hugely successful respected pub/restaurant is quite another matter altogether, and seriously questions Mr McComb’s journalistic integrity if the said article is the norm rather than the exception to the rule.
His sarcastic mocking of Mr Macey’s fully merited awards is totally unacceptable. Equally unacceptable is his mocking of Saga and the D & J Club, he will be eligible to join one day, and clearly offends the very readers this paper no doubt attracts.
I have never met Mr McComb, nor do I have any great urge to do so. Perhaps Mr McComb is simply controversial for controversial sake. Sufficient to say from his contentious article it seems that Mr McComb is an egotist, has a jealous streak, is inadequate and suffers from an inferiority complex.
Dear Editor, Great review of The Fountain. The last time I went there the service was incredibly slow and food very mediocre – and yet it always seems to be busy. Don’t these people know any better?
If you ever get a little further out, my husband and I had a lovely pub lunch at The Farmer’s Arms, Wellington Heath, near Ledbury last Saturday.
It’s a “proper” pub – although I did miss the farting dog – with real drinkers and everything. I had a delicious steak, kidney and mushroom pie and my husband had fresh battered haddock and thrice cooked (yes, they get everywhere) chips. Definitely worth seeking out if you are ever out in the sticks.