Same up here, Dave, even though we have no tourists to speak of, and not a lot of posh folk. either.Dave54 wrote:Living down here, most of the pubs cater for what they think the tourists want.
That seems to be mostly something that looks like a restaurant with a bar.
Here where pubs are fairly thin on the ground anyway, there are two local villages that have lost their pubs in the last three years or so.
Well for years the trade was warned, but did nothing. Certainly round here pubs couldn't be bothered to switch the ventilation on (even those that had it). As a life long non-smoker I can tell you that there is little worse than going the pub on a Saturday night and then waking up the following morning reeking of stale cigarettes - even your hair, the bedding and the pillow you'd slept on. Disgusting!ayjay wrote:Before the ban, I've been in pubs with a decent ventilation system and you wouldn't know that anyone was smoking in there, there's no reason why that couldn't be done everywhere and it may just stop so many closing, (10,500 since year 2000).
I think that the culture has changed a lot over the last 30 or so years. In the 1970s and 1980s it was quite common for people to go for a beer, if not every lunch time, certainly every Friday lunchtime. I know I did. And also a few nights every week. Round here the tradesmen used to gravitate to a couple of the local pubs every Friday afternoon to shoot the breeze. These days those pubs are empty , whilst many pubs have either closed, or just don't open at lunchtime any longer