The Sandwich Rip-off

Quick Quotes 7. The following is taken from Albert Smith’s The English Hotel Nuisance (1855):

I went one morning, in the autumn of 1850, into a leading hotel at Scarborough with my brother, and we ordered a plate of sandwiches and a bottle of pale ale. On my word in print, I was charged for this, and I paid, seven shillings (it was put down in the bill as two luncheons at three shillings each, and the ”Bass” at its usual price). The sandwich was not near so excellent as that you get with a glass of ale for fourpence in London; and as regards the beer, had it been furnished at my club, I should have “backed my bill.” But it was served in a gaunt expensive coffee-room, with solemn stately waiters – quite another race to the quick, intelligent, pleasantly-communicative brigade of the Maison Doree, Philippe’s, or the Trois Freres: and all the heavy, lumbering, tasteless disposition of mahogany, mantlepieces, tumblers and Sheffield ware had to be paid for.


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