This Sligo restaurant owner's reply to a negative review is great 5 years ago

This Sligo restaurant owner's reply to a negative review is great

That's how it's done, folks...

It's one to thing to criticise the food in an establishment, but to question the integrity of the owner and manager is a completely different ball game.


One customer of the Sligo restaurant, Eala Bhan, left a rather negative review of the place on Trip Advisor. But not for the food. They questioned the integrity Irish restaurateur Anthony Gray.

The couple from Australia were visiting the establishment, but following their meal, one of them forgot their jacket along with their glasses in the pocket. They weren't happy with Gray's efforts to return it to them.

The customer wrote the below review, labelled "Honesty Not Delivered."

My wife and i were visiting Sligo from Australia & Restaurant Eala Bhan was recommended to us for evening Dining. Based on that recommendation, we decided to Dine there on the only evening we were staying in Sligo. The food was quite reasonable, however we were extremely disappointed to find that the operator lacked integrity. This comment is based on the fact that I accidentally left my Wind Breaker with Eye glasses in pocket. We only discovered this when we arrived at our next destination, so rang and spoke to the Restaurant Manager (Anthony Gray) who confirmed that the jacket was with them. Based on his agreement to forward the Jacket to me, I e-mailed details of my Credit Card to cover all costs to return the garment to me. When it did not arrive within a week or so, I re-emailed twice with no response. my wife and I have since returned to Australia, short of one Jacket and one pair of glasses. Bottom line is Food might be O.K. But integrity is seriously lacking.


But, Anthony wasn't going to let anyone question his integrity without defending his honour.

He crafted the following response to the negative review...

Dear Graham,
I never usually respond to reviews but have made a exception in your case.
We are delighted you enjoyed your meal at multi award winning restaurant here in Sligo serving the finest local sourced ingredients on the very edge of the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way!

I apologise that you forgot your jacket and glasses while dining with us.
I apologise that I had not immediately sent your belongings back to Australia. I should have done a Joe ninety on it and hot tailed it up to the local post office and made your jacket a priority but unfortunately these things don't always happen the way you may have planed. I mean I'm only trying to run 2 restaurants in the middle of summer while my manager whom I'm delighted to say is 6 months pregnant but unfortunately is suffering God bless her wee soul and out of work resting which i insisted on!!!

Having 3 children myself under the age of 10 running around the house like gladiators and tearing to pieces while not going to bed on time, rising like ninjas at dawn I am what you might say just a little tired and a tad busy . I should have pushed this way up my priority list but forgot and while all of this is going I'm very busy busting a gut here and in the UK promoting my beloved Sligo. Why do I do this? I love my town, I love it's people, I love every tourist that graces this beautiful part of the world and provides me and my staff with a living.

People make mistakes and forget things just like you did with your possessions. But to come on TripAdvisor and review me about my lack of postal skills honesty and integrity beggars belief considering I never laid my mince pies eyes on you ! I mean you are butchering my name insofar as my forgetfulness yet it was your forgetfulness
that has us here!!!! POT KETTLE BLACK ( Google it)  finally I just checked the weather forecast in your part of sunny
Australia and I reckon you will be fairly safe insofar as your lack of windbreaker......jaysus it's roasting in your
spot boi!! You lucky duck!!!

Your possessions are en route you will be glad to know!!! and as far as my honesty is concerned I'm not even going to charge your credit card for the post furthermore the next time you visit the beautiful Emerald Isle and my County I'll bring you shopping locally for a new Wind breaker as far i see its a bit of a crime against fashion.

Next time you feel like writing a review for a restaurant try to remember us for our qualities which we provide in the abundance of good locally sourced food wine, atmosphere at least that's what we hear consistently from our customers.

So eventually when it cools down in Australia and you put on your Wind breaker on think of your honesty Irish restauranteur who's full of integrity but you never met and who knows you may even break into a smile and give your face a holiday until then keep her lit .

POETRY.............. W.B YEATS

Regards and Good day Mate
Anthony Gray

Main image via Trip Advisor.