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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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    Quote Originally Posted by NickDavies View Post
    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.
    The excuse they use is that they have to wash the tables down every time someone moves on. A bit feeble as food based pubs should do that anyway as part of normal food hygiene.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ETA View Post
    The excuse they use is that they have to wash the tables down every time someone moves on. A bit feeble as food based pubs should do that anyway as part of normal food hygiene.
    Someone should tell JDW.

    We sit outside unless the weather is completely hostile and regularly come across ashtrays which haven't been emptied in days. Often in a disgusting state if they're the plant pot type and it's been raining. If they can't be bothered to empty the ashtrays, what else can't they be bothered to do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ETA View Post
    The excuse they use is that they have to wash the tables down every time someone moves on. A bit feeble as food based pubs should do that anyway as part of normal food hygiene.
    They should be cleaning all tables anyway as part of a decent hospitality regime. It only takes a few seconds to give a table a quick spritz with a squirt of Mr Sheen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tris39 View Post
    They should be cleaning all tables anyway as part of a decent hospitality regime. It only takes a few seconds to give a table a quick spritz with a squirt of Mr Sheen.
    Or the same squidged up bar towel that hasn't been rinsed out all morning, busily incubating the bugs from the hands of everyone who's used it.

    To get 5* scores on the doors they're supposed to know all this stuff, but I often wonder.

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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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