I had a very friendly email from Janet Street-Porter today. She said she was away from home, and had been very busy, which was why she hadn't replied the first time. I think she was a bit cross at my rebuke really.
She said that she's 'stayed at enough crap places to write what I did.' No, really, that's what she said. And that she stayed at a hotel near us last year which 'left a lot to be desired.' And a luxury hotel in Edinburgh was 'totally useless.'
She says that she knows there are some great B&B's in the UK, but many have untrained staff, poor standards of hygiene and lousy service. Towards the end, she was clearly getting up a head of steam when she wrote: 'many places have no idea, and don't tell me the internet makes it easier to find out.' But I think it does Janet, I think it does... However, she's 'sure we're doing a great job', and - here's the thing - 'I will try and visit later in the year.' Great! I hope she can make it. I wonder if she'll pack her two shower-caps.
I thought about writing back to Janet to tell her that I don't even manage to reply to all my email - and I'm sure she gets a ton more than me, judging by how provocative she tries to be most days in her column - and so I'm sorry I considered her rude more quickly than I should have. I should tell her it was kind of her to write back, don't you think?