Will you be heading back to the pub anytime soon?

Are you going to the pub?

  • Yes, as soon as I can

    Votes: 11 10.6%
  • No, I'm not a frequent pub goer

    Votes: 36 34.6%
  • No, I'm not taking the risk, yet

    Votes: 52 50.0%
  • Undecided

    Votes: 5 4.8%

  • Total voters
    104

raduv1

Distinguished Member
It is an awful dive of a place and I would never choose to go in!!

Being in York I like to support all the independent and quirky places rather than chains.

But I'll go back in the daytimes for lunches rather than nights out and hopefully it'll be a much more relaxing experience than when there are loads of dodgy drunks about.
Yup , love a good local that does great food even if a chain but supports local produce.

For myself in my area .

Moody Mare , great cask ales and super food .
The Malling Jug , fantastic little micro pub built in a ground floor flat . Serving some of the best local brews in the county . And served right .
The Butchers Block , best steak in Kent and good selection of beer and wine .
The Chaser , great food and beer and farmers market next to it on a Thursday. Purchase local produce then have a few brews and nice meal .
 

tigermad

Distinguished Member
Wetherspoons looks like it’s going to be crap. There is no congregating at the bar but asking you to queue at the till instead. Isn’t it supposed to be table service only?

 

chez1hunts

Active Member
Wetherspoons looks like it’s going to be crap. There is no congregating at the bar but asking you to queue at the till instead. Isn’t it supposed to be table service only?


All the hate for Wetherspoons...all driven by the media. I know a few young ladies who work for them. All got paid without any issues at all.

I'd of thought they'd have no issues reopening, as they already have a app in place?

I won't be rushing back to any pubs, missed the social part at first but we built a bar at home and are more then happy staying there for a beer for now. :D

Everyone who ventures out at the weekend, enjoy.
 

vu599536

Active Member
I'm not the stand inside a pub with a drink in hand chatting to my friends sort. Read the rules and it does sound that the fun has gone out of the window. Besides, the whole point of the pub was to meet up with friends.

Not going to venture into a pub/cafe/restaurant until mid August for my mum's birthday. By then, they had 5 weeks to sort out any issues.

I haven't even ordered a takeaway (even a coffee), gone through a drive thru etc since lockdown.
 

vu599536

Active Member
Many places are requiring customers to order/pay/view menus via apps. Anyone who doesn't have a smartphone are screwed. According to this website, 1 in 5 people still don't have smartphone. Are there alternatives for these people?

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I thought you are supposed to prebook pubs, how is a pub crawl going to work?
No idea, from what I can tell the pubs in town aren't using a booking service.

I known my local in the village isn't, they have just said there will be safety measure in place and they hope to see everyone on the 4th.
 
Many places are requiring customers to order/pay/view menus via apps. Anyone who doesn't have a smartphone are screwed. According to this website, 1 in 5 people still don't have smartphone. Are there alternatives for these people?

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I can't see how they expect the older generation to do this in small village pubs.

Also, there will be a lot of small free houses that won't be able to afford a system like that.
 

vu599536

Active Member
I can't see how they expect the older generation to do this in small village pubs.

Also, there will be a lot of small free houses that won't be able to afford a system like that.
The ordering through an app is a suggestion. Unless there is an app which can be used for all independent pubs and restaurants. Nobody wants to download about 50 different apps for all the places they eat
 

hunt808

Member
Probably not for a while because 1) it sounds like it's going to be a hassle to get in, get served, maintain social distancing etc, and 2) social distancing and hygiene precautions will go out the window as soon as people have had a few drinks and/or get caught up in socialising.

I don't think it's worth the risk of catching the virus and either getting ill or passing it on to someone vulnerable.
 

brian s

Distinguished Member
We'd just started going out to the local pubs more frequently just before Covid was starting to hit. About twice a week. I'd love to go back but not a chance. In the short term Saturday is a daft time to resume and just asking for trouble. The openings should have been on a Monday to give the pubs a chance to get a handle on their new circumstances. Instead it'll be like opening the floodgates with loads of folk going out with the intent of getting blotto. Even when things settle down I can't see pubs being a safe environment. People aren't obeying the rules outside and in shops when they're 100% sober. They won't be a chance of them doing so with a couple of drinks in them.

Bri
 

WeeScottishLass

Well-known Member
Yup , love a good local that does great food even if a chain but supports local produce.

For myself in my area .

Moody Mare , great cask ales and super food .
The Malling Jug , fantastic little micro pub built in a ground floor flat . Serving some of the best local brews in the county . And served right .
The Butchers Block , best steak in Kent and good selection of beer and wine .
The Chaser , great food and beer and farmers market next to it on a Thursday. Purchase local produce then have a few brews and nice meal .
You sound like you have some awesome places near you 🙂

In York I think my favourite places are-

The Habit- really quirky and great for local artists. The food is amazing too and they offer all kinds of local beers/ales/ciders etc....

The Golden Fleece- really old and unique. They serve huge plates of food and all local. It is one of the most haunted pubs in York although I've never seen anything 😭

The Guy Fawkes- the rooms are gothic and beautiful and they have won awards for their food too. Another really haunted pub supposedly but again I've never seen anything 😐

The Evil eye is a cocktail bar which used to be partly owned by Johnny Depp as it is a really creative place and has beds upstairs! They have the best cocktails in the whole of York and use real squished strawberries in the one I used to drink. Scarily strong but so tasty that you often didn't realise until it was too late!
 

Ruperts slippers

Distinguished Member
A friend was saying she's had to book a table for drinks. Names and addresses have to be supplied. 2hr time limit, then you have to move on.


If you don't book you have to wait outside until a table, space becomes available.
 

Lee

Moderator
Not in a million years and I've also asked my kids not go into one either for a while.

Whilst I understand the hospitality industry has open up, quite frankly, I think it's pathetic pubs are opening so soon.

And don't get me started on going abroad and having no quarantine when returning.
 

gavinhanly

Distinguished Member
Heading to one of my locals on Saturday - but it's really more of a gastropub/restaurant affair.

Have popped back to Ireland briefly (family stuff) and it's really interesting to watch the reopening news here. Everyone has to book, everyone has to serve food - you can't open for drinks alone - and there's a 105-minute maximum time for your sitting. Very interesting seeing some of the social distancing barriers in place - this is a good example (work in progress obvs):


All in all, from the news it does feel like something that's more of a gradual affair - and opening on a Monday certainly helps with all that. Will be very interesting to compare to the UK reopening.
 

richp007

Distinguished Member
Heading to one of my locals on Saturday - but it's really more of a gastropub/restaurant affair.

Have popped back to Ireland briefly (family stuff) and it's really interesting to watch the reopening news here. Everyone has to book, everyone has to serve food - you can't open for drinks alone - and there's a 105-minute maximum time for your sitting. Very interesting seeing some of the social distancing barriers in place - this is a good example (work in progress obvs):


All in all, from the news it does feel like something that's more of a gradual affair - and opening on a Monday certainly helps with all that. Will be very interesting to compare to the UK reopening.
Sounds to me like a bit of sensibility has been applied.

As for the UK reopening, let's just say the Sunday Papers will be having a field day.
 

tigermad

Distinguished Member
One of the pubs not far from me is having a party bbq weekend. They were going to have fireworks Saturday until people complained because there are horses nearby. It’s as if they think the virus is over. I don’t understand how 100 people in a beer garden eating from the same bbq isn’t a social gathering. You have to get your own drinks too because there is no table service. They are having some kind of music there too. Hope it’s not a live act because that’s not allowed.
 

mooperman

Distinguished Member
we are going to try my local for Sat afternoon - traditionally its dead at those times but if its busy this week we'll skip it... its definitely a bit of a rough estate local (the pub is literally on the border of our quiet retirement type close and a street with sofa's in the garden :D) but can be massively entertaining at times so god knows how they will get on with some of the locals and an absolute skin full of a lager :D
 

usako

Member
What a message.

Boris Johnson has been criticised over his confused messaging at a time of national crisis. While he warned people not to “overdo it” as he announced the lifting of some lockdown measures on 23 June, he also said: “Frankly, I can’t wait to go to a pub or a restaurant even if it’s not compatible with the diet that I’m on.

“I think people need to go out, I think people need to enjoy themselves and rediscover things that they have been able to do for a long time. I want to see bustle. I want to see activity.”

He told seaside towns to “show some guts” when asked how they might be expected to deal with the possibility of crowds flocking to take advantage of the hot weather and loosening rules. And he added: “It is very, very important that people who do represent seaside communities, places where UK tourists will want to go, should be as welcoming as they can possibly be.”


 

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