Saturday 24 August 2013

Diners keep out

This recently-spotted sign must really be one of the worst examples of officious pub nonsense I have ever encountered. In the past, you would sometimes see signs saying “People in working clothes in public bar” but this is a bizarre reversal of this attitude.

I won’t name the pub, but it’s one that was “knocked through” about thirty years ago, so is basically all one bar, but with distinct “lounge” and “vault” ends. At the time, it seemed a bit drastic, but has become more acceptable and familiar over time and now is certainly far more pubby than the typical “dining pub” makeover.

The sign is suggesting that dining customers entering from the car park – i.e. most of them – should avoid the back entrance but instead go round the front to avoid having to go through the public side and possibly encounter some slightly rough people. Not that it’s at all rough anyway.

While I can sort of understand the motivation behind it, the idea that it is likely to work on any kind of level except creating needless annoyance is incomprehensible.


  1. I'll go into a pub through whichever door I want, thanks very much.

  2. It would be intersting to talk to whoever thought this was a good idea.

  3. It would be better if it simply said "Dining room this way", although it isn't really a dining room as such. And if you're familiar with the pub it's obviously quicker to go in through the back door.

  4. Martin, Cambridge26 August 2013 at 20:54

    Could just be a desperate plea for custom ?

  5. Not if they've already driven in to the car park. You will only see this sign if approaching the rear door from the car park.


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