DINERS at a Henley-in-Arden restaurant were served with an extra course when a car crashed into the front window this week.
Several couples were enjoying their leisurely lunchtime meals in the front bar of Matricardi’s on Henley high street on Tuesday when an Audi A3 hit the benches outside sending them crashing through the plate glass window.
The car had been parked on the hill in Station Road, opposite the restaurant, but the owner - thought to have popped into the local shop - had failed to put the handbrake on properly.
Assistant manager, Nina Lester, who was working in the restaurant at the time said: “It was like watching something in slow motion. At first I thought the car was reversing down the hill, then it hit the kerb and careered into the benches outside the front of the restaurant.
“I can’t believe no-one was hurt, although a few people in the restaurant were shouting: ‘Watch out!’.
“Luckily most of the diners were enjoying their meals in the sunshine in the garden at the rear of the restaurant and it was amazing that no-one was walking by and no cars were travelling or parked on the normally busy high street.”
Although the front window remains boarded up until special glass can be acquired to match the existing building, owner Stefano Matricardi has assured customers that it’s ‘business as usual’ and the restaurant has returned to normal opening hours after closing for just one evening to clear the debris.