A RESTAURANT has slammed diners who are accused of leaving without paying for a lavish £489 lunch and driving away “as quickly as they could”.
The Stubbs Restaurant in Ashford, Kent, welcomed the group of seven for Sunday lunch just before 12.30pm but suffered heavy losses.
According to the detailed account, the group seems to have taken a liking to the finer things in life and went into the city.
Starters included three lobster, crab and prawn cocktails priced at £59.95 and two portions of crispy brie priced at £17.90, as well as more moderately priced calamari at £9.95 and chicken liver parfait at £8.95.
There were also two orders of a dozen oysters, each costing £16.
For mains, a large lobster thermidor cost a whopping £72, while an entrecôte steak with green peppercorn sauce cost £31.50.
Three regular lobster thermidores cost a total of £144, while a skate dish cost £23.95.
They also drank a fair amount of alcohol, including three pints of Thatchers at £5.50 each, as well as a couple of 250ml glasses of Malbec at £10.90 each, as well as various glasses of Shiraz and Pinot Grigio.
However, a post from the restaurant on social media said the group had left without paying the bill, which totaled £489. 90.
It read: “Please come back and pay your bill!
“We are a private restaurant and we will not survive if you do this to us.
“You ate your entire meal and we gave you fantastic service… and yet you left as quickly as you could without paying.”
One commenter wrote: “Come on guys, name and shame these people, share them far and wide… Shame on them, such a nice restaurant doesn’t deserve it.”
We are a private restaurant and we will not survive if you do this to us
Another said: “The impact this has on not just the owners but the employees is not a big faceless chain and that’s bad enough because these are real people’s livelihoods.”
While a third added: “This makes me angry as all the staff at Stubbs Restaurant are amazing and this is unacceptable.”
The Sun Online has contacted the restaurant and Kent Police for comment.
This comes after a pub was raided twice in just a few months earlier this year, with patrons leaving without paying.
The manager of Fisherman’s Arms in Newlyn, Cornwalltook to social media in September in hopes of tracking down two women who had left without paying.
The pub, part-owned by England rugby star Jack Nowell, hit the headlines earlier this year after a family went out without pay on Father’s Day.
Elsewhere, a couple who ran out of a restaurant without paying for their meal said they had a good reason for doing so after being shamed for being leaked online.
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Meanwhile, an expat faked a heart attack in at least 20 restaurants in Spain to avoid paying the bill.
A restaurant owner was also left angry after a couple fled the country without paying their £7,000 banquet bill in Italy.