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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobyduck View Post
    This is very true, of course when a pub is owned by a Pubco it can be completely hit or miss as to the quality of the tenant or manager.
    As OB alludes to, it's not just pubcos. In touristy areas (I live near the Cotswolds) just about all the remaining village pubs seem to be owned by people who got chucked out of the first round of Masterchef, are shut most of the week and if you want a drink of a weekend you'd best pick a nice day as you'll be sat in the garden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldboots View Post
    Sometimes the way these things go, but of course the way a pub is being run may put off the locals.

    This pub was cursed by bad management taking it from popular local to disaster zone and now back to a half decent pub.

    The "celebrity chef" taking over an established village local and trashing it is all too familiar. It's also a familiar story when a PubCo basket case has been rescued by a community buyout or dedicated new owners. Some people seem to have a massive blind spot about the importance of who runs a pub and how a pub is run, a pub is not a shop that sells beer. There are people who shouldn't get within a million miles of running a pub.
    Having just read your review of the place, all I can say is hats off to the place for trying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickDavies View Post
    As OB alludes to, it's not just pubcos. In touristy areas (I live near the Cotswolds) just about all the remaining village pubs seem to be owned by people who got chucked out of the first round of Masterchef, are shut most of the week and if you want a drink of a weekend you'd best pick a nice day as you'll be sat in the garden.
    It's become fairly common for pubs not to open on Monday, less so on Tuesday. Even JDWs have their Monday club to try and get people in.
    The Cotswolds is an area I generally avoid, although I do recall some nice rural Hook Norton houses in the far North of the area. They were quite cheap nearly 40 years ago but if Hook Norton village is anything to go by, no longer are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aqualung View Post
    The Cotswolds is an area I generally avoid, although I do recall some nice rural Hook Norton houses in the far North of the area. They were quite cheap nearly 40 years ago but if Hook Norton village is anything to go by, no longer are.
    Second home owners up from the smoke who aren't worried about ponying up twenty quid for a fancied-up lunch dish aren't likey to blanch at the thick end of a fiver for a lacklustre pint of Doombar. The locals, those who clean and paint those dachas, deliver the groceries and herd the sheep have long been scared off. Some of the larger villages still, thankfully, have social clubs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickDavies View Post
    Second home owners up from the smoke who aren't worried about ponying up twenty quid for a fancied-up lunch dish aren't likey to blanch at the thick end of a fiver for a lacklustre pint of Doombar.
    I've also noticed that the area seems to attract a share of journalists and media types, despite the not so great journey into London.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aqualung View Post
    It's become fairly common for pubs not to open on Monday...
    Worryingly so. I've given up exploring pubs on Mondays as even pubs which claim to be open, often close insanely early. And Tuesday is now starting to bite into pub opening times.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aqualung View Post
    I've also noticed that the area seems to attract a share of journalists and media types, despite the not so great journey into London.
    The likes of Kate Moss, Rebekah Brooks and Jeremy Clarkson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tris39 View Post
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    The likes of Kate Moss, Rebekah Brooks and Jeremy Clarkson.
    Not to mention politician extraordinaire and shepherd's hut dweller David Cameron.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aqualung View Post
    despite the not so great journey into London
    Banbury is less than an hour from MYB. Banbury taxis do a roaring trade up to places like Chipping Norton on a Thursday evening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hondo View Post
    I imagine that being a swinger is the least of his worries at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hondo View Post
    I actually know Matt Brown, 'The Londonist'. He's from Grimsby, though has lived here for 20 years which as he told me "...explains my hybrid accent."

    Quote Originally Posted by RealAleRobUK View Post
    I imagine that being a swinger is the least of his worries at the moment.
    ...but I doubt he'll break sweat.

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