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    Anybody else encountering pubs saying "Fully Booked" for drink only visits when they have a primary food focus led business model? You'd think they would want every penny they can get rather than turn people away if they can turn a table prior to the eaters turning up in an hour. Visited or didn't visit two places today turning people away with empty tables visible. They may just leave the revisit list once this mess ends for being run by idiots and I'll take my business elsewhere.

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    Got turned away from here last month, half the pub was busy the other half barren apart from about 10 reserved tables, maybe they didn't need my 4 or 5 quid for a pint, shame but there were plenty of other pubs nearby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcfczuluarmy View Post
    Anybody else encountering pubs saying "Fully Booked" for drink only visits when they have a primary food focus led business model? You'd think they would want every penny they can get rather than turn people away if they can turn a table prior to the eaters turning up in an hour. Visited or didn't visit two places today turning people away with empty tables visible. They may just leave the revisit list once this mess ends for being run by idiots and I'll take my business elsewhere.
    Not quite, but if we go for a Sunday bike ride we look out for places with large gardens as many country pubs are fully booked for (if not always fully occupied by) those dining at lunchtime / early afternoon.

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    Not just a Covid thing. I've been in any number of pubs where all the tables have reserved signs on ready for the evening diners. Unless they're completly up themselves (a common trait in the Cotswolds) they have no problem if you tell them you're only staying for one drink. That said, we tend to visit pubs mid-afteroon, and the early diners won't show up till 5:30 - 6pm.

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    I've been to a small number of pubs doing the same, empty tables but all reserved, you would think with all the moaning about "no-shows" in July and August they'd take a different view. I generally won't book to have a drink in a pub as it takes away my freedom of action, the bus might be late or any number of problems mean I can't get there at the booked time.

    A local pub, of which I am quite fond, has now taken the step of introducing a minimum charge of £5 per person per 30 mins if you're inside. Not sure I'll be visiting again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldboots View Post

    A local pub, of which I am quite fond, has now taken the step of introducing a minimum charge of £5 per person per 30 mins if you're inside. Not sure I'll be visiting again.
    That's outrageous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rpadam View Post
    I came across this Click image for larger version. 

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    We're to to support pubs, use it or lose it etc, some places don't help themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobyduck View Post
    That's outrageous.
    Apparently people only stop for one then move on.
    Drink drink, whoever you may be,
    we are the drunk and disorderly,
    and we’ll drink more beer wherever we may be,
    and we’ll meet you all in a pub said he.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldboots View Post
    Apparently people only stop for one then move on.
    Is that "Just a quick pint"
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