It seems from a twatspat that's been twittering on over the past 24 hours that 'Mayor' Tim took on The Observer's foodie fanatic over a review of his Surin Thai restaurant in Ramsgate's Harbour Street. JR objected to his continuing use of the review, which is now something like a decade old.
But as we know from bitter experience, Tim is like a dog with a bone. Here's a slightly reheated and rehashed taste of the Twitter exchange:
Tim: Surin is 'one of the best Thai meals I have ever eaten', Jay Rayner, The Observer and BBC Food Critic. Ad inf.
Jay: Stop quoting (my review). It's out of date.... Every time you quote me I'll call you out for dishonesty.
Tim: Do not threaten.... How rude and childish... I'll contact the Observer to disown you... We can quote it as we wish.
Jay: Which bit do you not understand? I haven't been (to your restaurant) in ten years so I can't stand by that review.
Tim: Your ego is in overdrive.... Just stop the bullying.
Kevin Harris: (Who he? - Ed.) Best to avoid Surin it seems, the proprietor can't control himself.
Jay: I have no idea whether Surin is any good. But I'm sure that (Tim) is what my people call a bit of a schmuck... I don't expect people to try and promote through something a decade old.
Tim: After this nasty bullying you (Jay) are not welcome.
Jay: That will be the next quote Surin use: 'A Jay Rayner-free restaurant since 2014' :)
Tim: Your nastiness just silly.
Jay: I'm going to sit in the corner and think about what I've done.
Tim: It was a great piece of writing. Shame it's soured a bit.
Jay: TEN YEARS AGO. And do stop snivelling. It's unattractive.
Tim: Annoyed/ashamed of you. Expect better.
Jay: Restaurants change. Chefs lose their touch.
Tim: Bullyboy reviewer banned.
Jay: Does this mean you'll stop quoting my review? I mean, if you now hate me so much and I'm not welcome how can my review be valid...?... After this I can say I have no interest whatsoever in the restaurant you represent. Well done.
In my opinion, poor old Tim has just committed culinary hurry-curry there. My threat to come round and give the Surin an 'honest review' in response to him spamming my blog would now seem a trifle redundant!
Still, I don't expect we'll have to wait long for his perspective on it! Pip pip!