There were concerns for the future of an ancient Scottish hotel, as well as for the safety of its staff this morning, when it was revealed that guests there had staged a violent protest after having eaten the establishment's special hotel-made soup, which, they claimed, had been ruined by the fact that too many people had been involved in making it.
The beautiful, 500-year-old Cruikshank Hotel in Lanarkshire, prides itself on its Scotch Broth, and is widely-renowned for it, but insiders say that the presence and 'assistance' of a host of trainee cooks from a local catering college resulted in it looking like "a watery paste".
The poor serving did not go down well with the discerning diners, and several of their unruly number invaded the kitchen to register their dissatisfaction.
One stomachwitness told me:
"I pay good money to come here, but tonight was like a visit to a local Soup Kitchen."
"This hotel is part of Scottish folklore, but what happened here just now is best forgotten! It was a classic case of the old adage, you know, the one about the soup being got ready by a greater number of people than was absolutely necessary."
Manager at the Cruikshank, burly George Watt, was just as angry. He said:
"We're aware there was a problem with the Broth. Something like this is not good for business. It won't happen again. Not on my watch!"