A COUPLE who racked up a near £180 dinner bill including wine, mussels and lobsters and left without paying have been shamed on social media into settling up.

The couple ate at The Mill in Stokesley on Valentine's Day and didn't hold back, ordering four bottles of white wine, French mussel starters, a half lobster, fillet steak and a Thai chicken curry.

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But after enjoying the £179.20 meal, they left without paying, prompting the pub's owners to take to social media in a bid to track them down.

A post on The Mill's Facebook page said: "To the lovely couple that racked up a hefty bill consisting of fillet steak and lobster, numerous bottles of wine.

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"Whilst we’re sure it was an honest mistake on your part that you left without paying, please pay your bill by 4 o clock today.

"You were sat opposite a camera and the CCTV couldn’t be clearer."

A follow-up message from the pub stated that they had been promised payment on Wednesday when the man got paid, but the bill was ultimately settled by a woman on Tuesday night.

The Mill posted: "The bill has been paid by an anonymous female believed to be his girlfriend!

"Bless, who said romance is dead?"

The episode has had a huge reaction on social media, with hundreds sharing the story and commenting on the facebook posts.

One facebook user said: "Pleased you got paid, shame you had to post on Facebook to make them come forward and be honest."

Another said what the couple did was 'absolutely disgusting' and one person added: "There is no need for it, businesses are struggling enough, if you can't afford to go out until you get paid, don't go out, it's so wrong.

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"I feel sorry for the staff, puts so much pressure on them, its downright cheeky. "They should have gone to Tesco got a meal for £10."

The Mill last hit the headlines in August 2020 when it said it was barring local Conservative MPs Matt Vickers, Simon Clarke, Jacob Young and Rishi Sunak from the restaurant.

It followed the Conservative government voting against free school meals being provided over the holidays to help out families during the pandemic.

Here is a selection of comments left about the dine and dash couple on facebook:

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