Every Wednesday a group of us enjoy a cycle ride before visiting a local pub where we enjoy a chat and a drink. Ages range from 20 to 70, men and ladies, all meeting straight from work. We are usually welcomed by landlords as our group numbers anything from 5 to 20 and mid week this is not custom that is usually turned away, especially as we have come straight from work and often order food as well.
Not so at the New Inn however. We had hardly had time to dismount when a little man appeared outside the front door for what we thought might be a welcome. Not so - his first words were - are you coming here for a drink? Well no jeans alowed. We pointed out that none of our party were in fact wearing jeans and actually we were very well attired, with most of coming straight from work. We were all wearing hi viz jackets, but they would have come off as soon as we stepped inside. He went on to say, well let me just go and check with my boss. At this point we told him not to bother as there were plenty of other pubs in the vicinity and we then set off for The Pickhurst who welcomed us with open arms.
We have got a couple of venues who ask us to phone ahead when we are visiting them so that they can provide a tray of complementary sandwiches.
We were in fact having a look at this pub as a possible venue for our Christmas dinner and I'm afraid they failed miserably and we have now booked a table for 25 elsewhere.
It's good to see that restaurants and pubs are doing so well in times of recession to turn away this amount of midweek trade. Sorry guys but your venue is now off of our list.
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