An Irish restaurant owner has left a brutal rebuttal on a negative TripAdvisor review from an Aussie tourist, who claimed the restauranteur lacked integrity after failing to deliver some lost items.

Graham, from Sydney, visited the upmarket restaurant Eala Bhán, in the Irish town of Sligo, a couple weeks ago. After leaving, he realised he accidentally left his jacket and glasses, so he called and asked the restaurant manager to send them on. He was happy to foot the bill, and the restaurant manager agreed.

And then, dear friends, it pains us to report that communication broke down. After a week went by and Graham didn’t have either his forgotten stuff or a returned email, he took to TripAdvisor to leave a salty as hell review.

It was titled HONESTY NOT DELIVERED, and honestly, it delivered.

Graham wrote:

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.

The manager, Anthony Gray, wasn’t having any of that, and clap backed to Graham’s review with a long-winded response that included a) fashion advice b) a quote from W.B. Yeats and c) the phrase “mince pie eyes”, which I’m adding to my repertoire immediately.

It read:

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.


Regards and Good day Mate
Anthony Gray

I think I need a lie down.

Image: Eala Bhán