TripAdvisor and the wives of former ambassadors do not mix
Champagne loving Lady Meyer is a woman who should have known better. An associate of Gerry and Kate McCann – whose own comments about having been ‘trolled’ on Twitter were followed by the death of a housewife named Brenda Leyland – and a friend of the ‘keen to change the law on trolling’ Home Secretary Theresa May, Meyer took to TripAdvisor after dining at the new Sloane Square restaurant Canvas by Michael Riemenschneider and left an especially bitter review. What she didn’t bank on was that her rant would end up first reported in the Daily Mail and then The Telegraph.
Meyer – once described as “Chanel-clad” by The Telegraph and who tweets as @ladylilo2 – ordered expensive wines and then moaned that she was charged “as much by the glass as a bottle would cost in a wine merchant”. She didn’t stop there and whined that the bar was too noisy, the restaurant’s tasting menu (which is its entire ethos) “pretentious” and that her £144 bill was “even for SW1… steep”. She titled her review “expensive and very disappointing”. It is important to remember that nobody forced her to go there and nobody made her make the food choices she did.
According to Riemenschneider and not reported by either newspaper, Meyer got the prices of the items she quoted in her TripAdvisor review wrong and she and her ‘red-socked-fop’ husband failed to complain at the time. This woman’s actions are, indeed, typical of the trolls who use TripAdvisor to wreck the reputations of restaurants but what this “sociable former ambassador’s wife” didn’t bank upon in her first foray into TripAdvisor reviewing was that by using a photograph, she’d get caught and exposed.
Meyer – who also once whinged to The Telegraph that her work in the ‘charitable sector’ meant that she was “doing a huge amount of work for very little salary” – should learn her lesson: Play with TripAdvisor at your peril. Lady Meyer would, in fact, do well to stick to kebab shops on the Kings Road.
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