The Euston Tap's prices were the same as before, and the place I went to later was £5 a pint so that was very reasonable.
I lived and worked in London for a few years so I am familiar with London prices, but the northerner in me cannot accept that '£5 a pint' and 'very reasonable' can appear in the same sentence!
Haha true! Though the Euston Tap is a craft pub so prices would naturally be a bit higher. But in London now, sadly, £6 a pint for a bog standard beer is becoming the norm in many places.
I have only been to a local pub here in St Albans (The Mermaid) - quality pub which always had excellent beer and a decent garden which has been splendidly upgraded - a good experience and they have a tie up with a local curry house which delivers to any peckish drinkers.
They have had to take on 2 extra staff. Very enterprising and appreciated.
I have also found this to be the biggest issue. The single most important consideration when deciding whether to visit a pub is ‘will it be open?’ It is of utmost importance that information is kept up to date to avoid losing even more customers than have already deserted the industry.One issue I seem to have is finding which pubs are open. Some have not updated their website and facebook for over a year and Trip Adviser reviews are old, I can only assume they have died.
Despite having an equally strong disinclination to join Facebook, I do grudgingly find that it is probably the most up to date of a generally rather unreliable selection of information sources when it comes to opening times. I have noticed that the issue of requiring a sign in seems to happen after making a lot of such enquiries in a short period of time. If you then leave it for a bit and try again it will let you in without a sign in. Just my personal observation as I have no technical knowledge of the subject I hasten to add!Unfortunately Facebook isn't a very good forum for providing information to customers as it seems to be requiring a sign in to see the pages of many businesses now.
Since I have no intention of joining the thing, I have no way to check the page for updates.
Despite having an equally strong disinclination to join Facebook, I do grudgingly find that it is probably the most up to date of a generally rather unreliable selection of information sources when it comes to opening times. I have noticed that the issue of requiring a sign in seems to happen after making a lot of such enquiries in a short period of time. If you then leave it for a bit and try again it will let you in without a sign in. Just my personal observation as I have no technical knowledge of the subject I hasten to add!
The rationale for the table service only rule was that it would reduce transmission by avoiding having people stood shoulder to shoulder at the bar for long periods whilst waiting to be served.One final point to consider: some of the restrictions are just inconsistent and bizarre. Earlier today, I went for a walk from Carlisle to Gretna, which is only a few miles but crosses the Scottish border. When I was having my lunch in England, the pub operated entirely on the basis of table service, yet when I had a post-walk pint in Scotland, I could go right up to the bar and order as normal (which was a lovely surprise)! Why can't the same be done in England - walking to the bar, ordering, and taking your pint to the beer garden is just much more civilised than hoping to catch a member of staff's attention (which can take ages in many cases).
There’s always good old answerphone message with the current opening hoursThen you need to know when they're open to be able to answer the phone
Do you mean outside of the pubs premises or were you drinking inside the pub?I went out with some mates last weekend, went to one of very few pubs open so we had to book a 2 hour slot. We were asked to scan the QR code before going in (fair enough), wear masks when going to the toilet and from 1h 45m onwards we were being 'nudged' into leaving, they came round with plastic cups to finish our drinks outside.
Similar here in Warrington - I took a stroll to town earlier to go shopping and most pubs hadn't opened as the weather is so bad today. Only saw a couple of people shivering under gazebos nursing pints at the couple of pubs that had braved opening. May 17th can't come soon enough for the pub and restaurant trade.....Today here in Bucks we have heavy rain and high winds, so quite a few pubs have had to close. Not good for trade on what should be a busy Bank Holiday