Sunday’s beer garden joy in Welford reminded me we’re coming to the time when non-smokers suddenly wish smokers were back in the pub, instead of contaminating their fresh air. Whingers.
Pub Curmudgeon’s blog is your primary source for this debate. Start here.
Smoking is a killer. I’ve never smoked, don’t like smoke and support efforts to help people give up. But it’s a legal substance many folk get enjoyment out of, and I’ve always supported allowing smoking in separate rooms in pubs, where they exist.
I was having this very debate with Mrs RM in the beer garden at the Regal, the only Spoons in Cambridge since the wonderful Tivoli was fire damaged a couple of years back. Quite a decent Beer Fest range on, too.
It was packed with diners, there was detritus on the few spare tables, and it’s a dark mess of a pub. So we were happy to join the smokers, most of them Italian students, in the courtyard with it’s magnificent Cambridge views.
Not sure if the beer was better because of a late rush on cask to use the vouchers, but the Bitter & Twisted (I can’t spell Harviestoun so won’t try) was cool and tasty, a clear NBSS 4. Mrs RM had that one then, I had a slightly less stellar oaty thing from Hilden.
Neither of us speak Italian (beyond “Si” and “Calcio”), but the Italians were having a great time, and the old boy who brought his own handle for his John Smiths Smooth wasn’t far behind.
Mrs RM could only agree that smokers make more interesting material for bloggers,but was horrified when I suggested they be allowed back in to smoke in their own room.
“But it would upset the upholstery !!” She really did say that. After one pint.
What can you say to that ? (that won’t end in divorce).
The march on Parliament to protect the rights of upholstery can’t be far off.