Are they open? .....

Started by: tonker (23629) 

...... or are they shut?

Pubs and restaurants? This is what the rules say .....

"Pubs and restaurants in England are open for customers seated outside - with people only allowed indoors to use the toilet".

This is what one ofmy favourite restaurants say ....


Along with this, I see they and several pubs have got large tents up outside their main building but inside a tent is still 'inside' !

Started: 20th Apr 2021 at 18:25

Posted by: tomplum (7342) 

It works like this Tonker, You get ON a bus yet , get IN a Taxi, You Fly IN a plane yet, get On a train, I think it is summut to do with that,

Replied: 20th Apr 2021 at 18:58

Posted by: Billinge Biker (726)

Can't be doing Tonks with all this cryptic memorandums... Open on the 17th May and I will try a pint... And if you think you can rip me off with so called losses of last 12mths increases... There's an old wigan word for it F*** Snigs.

Replied: 20th Apr 2021 at 19:02

Posted by: tonker (23629) 

It's F*** t'Mop, actually. And I don't sell ale anymore. I've give it up. Or Mops!

Replied: 20th Apr 2021 at 19:22

Posted by: tomplum (7342) 

my early learnings was, Bolton Tech college Dinner time, to't pub
me, pint of lager please,
barmon, Its Heineken sir 50 pence a pint ( 1968)
me, Ayeandthacon, keep it at that price,

to't chippy, chips peys and gravy 20 pence, beltin

Replied: 20th Apr 2021 at 22:32

Posted by: tonker (23629) 

In 1968, it'd be "ten bob". "Pence" only came out in 1971. That said, "ten bob" would be expensive for a pint of beer in 1968. Outrageous, in fact, for a pint of piss!

Replied: 20th Apr 2021 at 22:59

Posted by: ianp. (687) 

'barmon, Its Heineken sir 50 pence a pint ( 1968)
me, Ayeandthacon, keep it at that price,'

I don't blame you tomplum for telling the barman to keep it.
Absolutely outrageous to charge ten bob for a pint of coloured water; probably served ice-cold, as well!
Possibly, the correct price should have been around two bob. Barman was either in the wrong decade or he was slipping a nice profit into his back pocket.
I am sure that you could have bought a pint of lager for around 50p in 1981 - and, the price had greatly increased in the years 1977 to 1983.
So, if we project that price difference to today's beer prices, it would be close to being charged ten quid for a pint by a barman. Not sure how much verbal he would get for even thinking about asking for a tenner for a glass of coloured water.

Replied: 21st Apr 2021 at 08:46

Posted by: riocaroni (178)

I paid five pound forty pence for a pint of Perroni in Windermere yesterday!

Replied: 21st Apr 2021 at 10:10
Last edited by riocaroni: 28th Apr 2021 at 11:41:53

Posted by: winnie (1356) 

which pub was that ? I live in Windermere its so expensive to go out for a drink round here !!!!

Replied: 21st Apr 2021 at 10:31

Posted by: PeterP (8578)

If one or two pubs hike their prices then their once loyal customers will go elsewhere or stop at home. No way would I pay over a fiver for a pint, I get FOUR 660ml bottles of Polish lager for £6 and I dont have to sit outside or queue for them.

Replied: 21st Apr 2021 at 12:01

Posted by: ianp. (687) 

Some pubs certainly need to be careful with everything for the customer, because changes have definitely happened:
- many people have become accustomed to staying at home more than they normally had done
- possibly, more people have bought beer and wine from supermarkets in the last twelve months
- many people have probably changed their lifestyle and going to the pub for a couple of pints has been substituted
- many people are possibly not interested in being outside of a pub for many reasons
- some people are afraid of any kind of social contact
- many people have lost earnings and so that money is not readily available
- some people have even lost their job
- for many, money is much tighter than it was in 2019
- and...
There are so many reasons for many people that it could take quite a time for many pubs to recover - possibly, some may never recover. After all, we have seen the demise of many pubs and old traditions.
How many workmen, after finishing their working-day, 'pop' into the pub for a pint or two before heading off home for their 'tea'?
For me, pubs were so much a part of our tradition and culture. It is so sad to know how many pubs have been demolished and to see how many pubs are boarded up and in great disrepair - and, some were wonderful buildings in their gracious days.
I am a Wiganer and I have seen so many changes; mostly, not for the better!

Replied: 21st Apr 2021 at 12:41

Posted by: riocaroni (178)

winnie that was in Riva, they also charged ten quid for a double Grey Goose vodka. Didn't mind for a one off but certainly wouldn't make it my local.

Replied: 21st Apr 2021 at 13:20
Last edited by riocaroni: 21st Apr 2021 at 13:25:14

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (7237)

(Comment removed because it broke the rules)

Replied: 21st Apr 2021 at 13:27

Posted by: basil brush (16576)

Tut, tut, Tommy

Someone's said the boars head have had to take there marquee down, don't know if that's true

Replied: 22nd Apr 2021 at 08:42

Posted by: jathbee (10880)

When the weather warms up a bit more Unwilling try a meal outdoors and maybe a wine or two. It's the social thing that interests me more than the wine.

Replied: 22nd Apr 2021 at 10:19

Posted by: PeterP (8578)

In the paper yesterday about a brewery telling their tied pubs to put 40p onto a pint saying the customers will not notice because they would be paying by card[V Also in the news about pubs in Manchester charging £5-75 a pint. Are we that desparate for a pint out of a pump that we will pay these prices these pubs do not deserve our custom.

Replied: 22nd Apr 2021 at 10:27

Posted by: basil brush (16576)

well, I'm sorry, but if there going to charge that then they don't deserve any custom.

Replied: 22nd Apr 2021 at 10:47

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (7237)


It is called 'profiteering'

Replied: 22nd Apr 2021 at 12:42

Posted by: First Mate (270)

Pubs and restaurants will have the added cost of ensuring their staff
and customers are protected. Cost of mask and sanitiser for staff,
added cleaning costs, every table and chair should be sanitised after use.
Even condiments sanitised after use. If you want a drink at a pub someone has to carry that cost. Landlords have lost a lot with this pandemic. Suck it up.

Replied: 22nd Apr 2021 at 12:57

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (7237)

Yes, and that comes under setting a 'fair price' for the services that yoo have described

But some businesses will abuse their position, and set a price which is not a 'fair' they will set a price which is over inflated, and that is 'profiteering'

So suck that up

Replied: 22nd Apr 2021 at 13:17

Posted by: basil brush (16576)


It is called 'profiteering

not off Basil Brush,

Replied: 22nd Apr 2021 at 13:33

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (7237)

Replied: 22nd Apr 2021 at 14:21

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (3665) 

Riocaroni :: Sorry but if you paid so much for a pint ,,, well what can one say only a fool and his money are soon well you can finish it cant you .....

Replied: 22nd Apr 2021 at 15:26

Posted by: riocaroni (178)

GB have been in many bars around the world and paid much more. It all depends on how thirsty you are and also how much money you want to take to your grave?

Replied: 22nd Apr 2021 at 17:27

Posted by: basil brush (16576)

could you imagine them trying to do that around pem.

Replied: 22nd Apr 2021 at 18:02

Posted by: tonker (23629) 

I'm no stranger to Windermere and I've neverfelt it's expensive.
We all know that restaurants make money on drinks. You use these places, you pay their price.

Replied: 22nd Apr 2021 at 18:11

Posted by: broady (16925) 

Quite a few years ago I was in Tenerife and spent my time listening to the offers of a euro a pint. We went to Paris shortly after and it was 15 euros for two pints. Drunk it and left and the next bar 16 euros for two pints. I estimate that was about ten years ago.

Replied: 22nd Apr 2021 at 18:13

Posted by: tonker (23629) 

In Toulouse, 2019, we went into the city centre for a drink and a curry. Everywhere was packed out, except for one bar which was very quiet.. So, my mate said, "let's go in here, lad, it's empty, laaaaike, we'll get served straight away an' I'll faaaahnd th'Indian on my phone, raaaaight"!
In we went, sat down, ordered two bottles of beer. Don't know what it was, some sort of pale, French, piss-water lager. 330ml bottles.
Found directions to the Indian. Went to pay and it was €16.
That's €8 for 330ml, which works out around £12 a pint in real money.

And that's why that bar was empty!

Replied: 22nd Apr 2021 at 19:10

Posted by: gasmon (39)

Just started boozing in the Honeysuckle in Poolstock when we went decimal.

Mild was 10p / pint, Bitter 12p and Lager expensive at 20p.
Tap room prices.

Replied: 28th Apr 2021 at 10:11


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