A month in to the new GBG, and Duncan, Si and myself have now all had the joy of tipping up at an unexpectedly closed Guide pub.
Not just micros, either; in fact there’s a minor trend for micros to open longer as the trade builds.
No, I’ve had tickers lament in two proper pubs 200 miles apart this week.
Despite lots of advertising boards on the side roads, the landlady at the Woodman in Burneston only stopped to tell me they’d moved to winter hours (on 24 Sep) as “There’s no people about” i.e.no-one popping to their village pub that will no doubt be described as a popular village pub by the Richmond Recorder in due course.
I wasn’t really surprised; it’s harder to find an open pub in North Yorkshire at lunchtime than a cheerful Yorkshireman.
Equally surprising was the locked door at the Black Lion in Bourne End, in an area of Bucks normally reliable for all-day openers. Signs outside advertising lunchtime carveries, GBG sticker, lights off at 3pm.
Two things to set the record straight;
- Pubs can open whenever they like, as long as they stick to published hours
- Occasionally WhatPub and the Guide lag behind pubs in updating hours and I’m not having a go at CAMRA volunteers who need all the help they can get.
What I’m really sad about is the slow death of the village local, with all sales pushed towards the weekend. And you’ll never get good cask from 3 days sales in a week.