Pandemic vs the British Pub

maja07

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So, politicians v scientists.....pubs open for Easter or after ???? That is the question !!! Here's my view...the beer loving man in me wants a pint of hand-pulled real ale in a pub as soon as possible....but the sensible man in me says no no no ... definitely not for Easter !! Can you imagine the utter chaos and mayhem that would ensue as a result !! Remember that day on Bournemouth beach, so think of hundreds of thousands of Stella-swilling hooligans rampaging the streets from pub to pub coz they've been let loose (even with social distancing...yeah right) !!!!!! So, keep pubs closed till after Easter me thinks....in fact another week later....8th March when the kids start going back....or even when retail opens so that people are returning to work from furlough. I'm sure the hospitality sector will not be too keen on my plan though...but it might prevent chaos and a second lockdown. Apart from that, I don't want my first pint in weeks spilt in the rush LOL !!!
What do you reckon...me sensible or kill-joy ??? Maja
 

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So, politicians v scientists.....pubs open for Easter or after ???? That is the question !!! Here's my view...the beer loving man in me wants a pint of hand-pulled real ale in a pub as soon as possible....but the sensible man in me says no no no ... definitely not for Easter !! Can you imagine the utter chaos and mayhem that would ensue as a result !! Remember that day on Bournemouth beach, so think of hundreds of thousands of Stella-swilling hooligans rampaging the streets from pub to pub coz they've been let loose (even with social distancing...yeah right) !!!!!! So, keep pubs closed till after Easter me thinks....in fact another week later....8th March when the kids start going back....or even when retail opens so that people are returning to work from furlough. I'm sure the hospitality sector will not be too keen on my plan though...but it might prevent chaos and a second lockdown. Apart from that, I don't want my first pint in weeks spilt in the rush LOL !!!
What do you reckon...me sensible or kill-joy ??? Maja

I can't wait to get back in the pubs Mark but I think after the initial rush a lot of people will realise how cheaply they have been drinking at home and once they are allowed to have guests at home, parties at home will become more the norm.

I can see quite a lot of pubs closing (hence this thread) so for those that remain the customer base would need to be thinned out anyway so that they are not overwhelmed by the clientele from those that have closed. I could be wrong though.

A lot depends on vaccinations I suppose and where we are with it by Easter. For me though, I'm not that keen on a limited opening with curfews and social distancing in the pubs. I'd rather wait until we can do it properly and just get our snouts in the trough.
 

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Myself, my husband and friend are a band and we play in pubs. (We both have motorhomes and love the life).
we honestly don’t know how many of our regular bookings will survive. We’ll definitely still be supporting our pubs though. We’ve talked about maybe reducing our fee (it wasn’t huge to begin with) until the pubs can recover somewhat.
Either way. If we’re not playing we’ll be away in our vans eating and drinking as soon as we can! We bought a newer van in November and haven’t been able to go away in it yet. We’re chomping at the bit! 😆
 

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I'll be happy to start using pubs again, that are happy for me to park overnight in their carpark. I've thought for a long time now that the pub trade is overpriced & overrated, but happy to park for a night & have a meal or a few drinks.
Gotta say tho, 4quid for a pint of coke? WTF's that all about....🤔
A lot of pubs charge a lot for a pint if coke, its based on the dashes. The syrup mix is expensive. Always ask if the pub sells cans or bottles. Cheaper and tastes better
 

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We live 5 mins walk away from our village (have escaped from Fleetwood LOL !!) where there are several pubs and a micro pub selling real ale....err...when open obviously !! In the meantime there's a "micro pub brewhouse" bar thingy 10 mins drive away that does this "beer in a box" which works out at £2 a pint. All very well for real ale but it's not the same unless it's pulled through a hand pump I hear you say !! Apparently you can buy a connector for the tap on the box which you then attach to a hand pump with some beer line tube and away you go !! This brewhouse even offers to rent you a hand pump !! So, thought I'd look into buying one maybe....there's a firm in Keithley that sells the whole set up, pump..tube..connector.....but it's £140 or so !!! Looked on ebay, but not sure I fancied a manky old pump that's festered in a closed pub for months so gave up the idea for now. Anyone else thought of these drastic measures to get a pint of hand pulled real ale in your own shed LOL 😂?????? Mark
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It would seem that very few pubs around here are opening until the restrictions are fully lifted. The ones that are will be packed with idiots in the outside drinking areas.

I think I will wait, I don't particularly like drinking outside anyway.
 

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My local is opening on 17 May under new ownership ☹️ But the village pub opens at 12:00 on the 12th so I’ve booked the day off.
I’ll be in there about 13:00 couple of pints and then a 20 mins walk to a lovely pub on the canal where I’ve booked a table at 15:00 in a covered outdoor area for lunch.
 

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Hmmm.....a pint at a canal pub.....sounds ideal !!! We've got a stopover or two booked within walking distance of canals for obvious reasons !! Maja
 

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My local is opening on 17 May under new ownership ☹️ But the village pub opens at 12:00 on the 12th so I’ve booked the day off.
I’ll be in there about 13:00 couple of pints and then a 20 mins walk to a lovely pub on the canal where I’ve booked a table at 15:00 in a covered outdoor area for lunch.
Oh and I’ve booked a Turkish Barber on the 12th for the full works, shave, hair cut, nose hair and fire in me ears
 

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I can't wait to get back in the pubs Mark but I think after the initial rush a lot of people will realise how cheaply they have been drinking at home and once they are allowed to have guests at home, parties at home will become more the norm.

I can see quite a lot of pubs closing (hence this thread) so for those that remain the customer base would need to be thinned out anyway so that they are not overwhelmed by the clientele from those that have closed. I could be wrong though.

A lot depends on vaccinations I suppose and where we are with it by Easter. For me though, I'm not that keen on a limited opening with curfews and social distancing in the pubs. I'd rather wait until we can do it properly and just get our snouts in the trough.
Vaccinations dont stop you carrying and passing on the bug, just you will not get it as bad after having, folk seem to get mixed up about this.
 

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Vaccinations dont stop you carrying and passing on the bug, just you will not get it as bad after having, folk seem to get mixed up about this.
Ain't mixed up about anything. :p :LOL:

Only local pub that's opening soon is the one I don't drink in :ROFLMAO:, I could have been tempted but you have to book, and I'm not booking to go for a pint. I'll wait till the others open.
 

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Vaccinations dont stop you carrying and passing on the bug, just you will not get it as bad after having, folk seem to get mixed up about this.

I'm fully aware of that Trev.

But we have to return to normal at some point and I would imagine that will be when the majority of vaccinations are done. The fact that it doesn't stop you carrying the virus is a fact of life and evermore will be so.
 

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