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Hipster restaurant slammed after two black diners given bill in a book carrying words ‘the n***** question’ (5 Pics)

TWO black restaurant-goers have been left outraged after their bill was presented in a book with N***** printed on one of the page headings.
The incident took place at The Botanist bar and restaurant in Nottingham on Sunday evening.
Louise Ankle, 31, was having dinner with friend Matthea Fearon, 32, when their bill was presented to them in a book with the N-word on it

Louise Ankle, 31, was having dinner with friend Matthea Fearon, 32 at the restaurant when they were presented their bill tucked into the front of a hardback book.
The retail worker and her friend chose to flick through the book while they waited to pay, noticing that its back pages had become unstuck.
According to the Nottingham Post, it was then that the pair’s eyes fell on a page with the N-word as part of a page heading.
The book is believed to be a collection of essays by Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle, who argued in favour of slavery in 1849.
Miss Ankle shared the picture of the book, which is believed to be a collection of essays by Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle in support of slavery, on Instagram


Miss Ankle said: 'When [the bill] came, it came in a book which was closed. I did not see the N-word. 


Matthea  opened it and flicked through to the back of the book. Her first reaction was, "Oh my God". She said it again and was hesitant to show me'


Speaking to the post, Louise said: “We did realise at the time we were the only two black people in the restaurant.
“Although it did not bother us, we were aware.
"When [the bill] came, it came in a book which was closed. I did not see the 'N' word.
"Matthea opened it and flicked through to the back of the book. Her first reaction was, 'Oh my God'. She said it again and was hesitant to show me.
"[It was] at the back of the book. We both were in shock, we were both flabbergasted.
The initial reaction is shock then it quickly turns into anger and upset. It's something we have never encountered before.
"We understand totally that accidents happen, but the management team or people running the restaurant have to deal with complaints of that magnitude or size."
She added that the manager was approached about the incident.
The pair received an apology and were allowed to leave without paying.
They had been eating at The Botanist, in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire. The CEO has apologised and explained the chain buy vintage books to be hollowed out and glued together for bills to be placed in

Louise added that she did not want any material compensation or even to return to the restaurant, but claims she spoke out to raise awareness that “these things do happen”.
Her dinner companion, Matthea, added: "As racial as the word is, this is more to do with ignorance and education.
"We were just shocked more than anything. You do not expect to go out anywhere and see that word.
"There were children in the restaurant who could have opened it."
Chris Hill, CEO of the New World Trading Company, which owns the restaurant chain, said: "First of all we are horrified, apologetic and distressed, as you would imagine. We would like to reaffirm our apologies to them and anyone else offended by this.
"We buy vintage books from our supplier. They arrive to us hollowed-out and glued together. We ask for them to be old and vintage-looking.
"What looked to have happened is in the book presented to Ms Fearon... the glue came away and the page revealed content and this awful language."

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