Pubs have been through hell in the last 18 months, and I’m delighted (though surprised) that so many of them seem to have survived into the Autumn of 2021. Of my GBG targets so far, only one (Urmston) hasn’t yet re-opened, and that’s more due to growth than decline.
But goodness me, pubs are struggling letting us pub goers know when they’re open.
The worst result is when you turn up and a pub is unexpectedly closed all day,
but tipping up at 2pm and finding it closed till 4 is equally irritating.
Sherringtons opened at 2pm, said Facebook.
Not ideal for the busy ticker, but OK, so I had that leisurely walk round Wigan and chicken bites at Spoons.
Then I dawdled round lovely Mesnes Park, with its black and white gorgeousness and Victorian fountains.
And then I wandered down to be first in on the stroke of 14:00.
“I’m surprised to see you open, thought it was 2 ?”
A long staff debate ensued about their opening hours.
“What time do we open ?”
“Well, I was here at 11“
The consensus seemed to be a midday opening on Tuesdays, which I now challenge any of you to find on Facebook, websites, What Pub (actually, that says 1pm) or smoke signal.
2 hours drinking time wasted. Luckily the beer and welcome was great.
and as a neighbourhood bar with scenic views to All Star Removals it’s hard to beat.
Oh, top toiletries too.
But these inconsistencies between times on the different platforms are really bugging me. Another Landlord said they’re not allowed to change the times on Facebook, which sounds both daft and infuriating.
Perhaps a pinned post listing the hours, rather than the latest pub quiz winner, would be a good idea.
Hilariously, my next stop on the way back to Manchester (which I’ll anonymise), found another micro shut all day despite Facebook promising it was open.
I let the owner know. Their Facebook page now says “Temporarily Closed” (it isn’t, I’ve just been).