BASIL Faulty couldn’t make life much more difficult for himself. The proprietor of The Faulty Towers Dining Experience, a restaurant that’s been on the Festival scene for a number of years now, he seems intent on sending himself out of business.
Frankly, the entire evening’s dining was a complete farce worthy of a 70s sitcom. Of course, that’s point, the talented trio recreating many of the iconic, and hilarious, moments from John Cleese’s much-loved 70’s sitcom.
Waited on by Faulty himself, his shrewish wife Sybil and their shambolic waiter Manuel, a Barcelonan with a shaky grasp of English, the drama began even before setting foot in the restaurant.
Queuing down a side alley, patrons were rudely herded in by Faulty who made deeply offensive and personal remarks about almost every group of diners. They were mishandled by Manuel and only Sybil’s intervention managed to get the meal underway.
Inspite of their diabolical service and dispiriting soup starter, the couple and their employee managed to make it round each table personally in an effort to provide something akin to ‘good customer relations’ only making the situation worse.
Remarkably, the clientele lapped up the chaos with jovial abandon. Quite how this couple have managed to retain a customer base in the face of Faulty’s brusque handling of customers and Manuel’s chaotic misunderstanding of even basic requests is a mystery.
Go, but whatever you do, don’t mention the war.
B’est Restaurant, Drummond Street