DEAR SIR

MY wife and I made our annual visit to Majorca at the end of July and we were really amazed at the price of food, clothing and sun beds.
Eating out is now very expensive compared to the UK and the price charged for starters is outrageous (8 Euros plus). We both found the quality of food at our favourite restaurants in Sant Elm and Puerto Pollensa very good and saw real improvements in presentation. However, seeking to bring some economising to our food bill we decided to try a “menu of the day” at a restaurant in Puerto Pollensa. The price was 15 euros (not cheap by UK Standards but less than the normal a la carte offerings elsewhere). The menu, while limited covered the things we like.

To start we had Prawn salad - A bowl of lettuce and 4 prawns - very poor. To follow we chose Roasted Chicken wrapped in bacon with vegetables - we were both disgusted with what we were served. The dish consisted of the underside of the chicken rolled up and roasted - this is the bit most people in the UK throw away, use in soup or give to the dog or cat. It was absolutely awful. One mouthful was more than enough!!! We challenged the waiter and the Manager about this and were advised that this was quite acceptable and that they couldn't afford to just serve chicken breast in his menu of the day.

No attempt was given to offer any alternative or not charge us. We paid and left, never to return to this restaurant.
My point is that the restaurateurs of Majorca are kidding themselves if they think that the UK holidaymakers will return next year and pay these prices. They need to look at the UK where all traders are cutting prices (and profits) to keep trade going. It is a real shame as Majorca is such a lovely place.

Regards

Stewart & Anne Aitken
Helensburgh, Scotland

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