Facebook Killed The pub

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  • Looks like pubs should go down the internet route and dream up some sort of virtual gaming where the Red Lion netters take on the White Hart webbers, although that might get messy at closing time.

  • I met a friend for lunch in a pub today, spent about £15 in 2 hours then said goodbye and thought I could have saved that £15 and spoken about exactly the same things with her on facebook and the like!! Sad but true.


    Well you could have....but then you wouldn't have actually seen your friend or had some tasty food...

  • the way that we have become such voracious consumers, and spending time using the things we have purchased. Spending our disposable incomes in other ways


    Also I think the social adrogeny which has become so prevalent has also alterd the role of the pub... A way of life that is well and truly gone now


    That's an interesting point about how people spend their disposable income effecting pubs - I believed it was the economy that had helped the decline in pub goers, but if people are using what spare cash they have on consuming rather than socialising then this would make sense also. You can either look good or go down the pub, but you can't have both! haha...But yeah I think a lot of that money is now being spent elsewhere, gaming especially - the biggest growing leisure industry.


    More young people are choosing to go round each others houses to hang out, and I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing. But I do believe there's a difference between what people are doing in the cities compared with more rural areas. I've recently moved away from city living into rural country living; and I noticed that city culture still kept the pub spirit going. I was myself a regular at a local pub and found this to be a lively and busy place full of regulars all week long. There I definitely saw the man down the pub after work - inevitably he is the older man, but that's probably because the young guy either can't afford it or is at home gaming! Now that I live more rurally I found we spend time round people's houses, and I probably like this equally - after all the drinks cheaper and you get to choose the music. :rolleyes:

  • Hmm pubs in the sticks gradually changed when i was a teenager the pubs were allowed to kater for our age group in the villages and towns in that our pub had the garage converted so that it had a pool table and arcade games and a duke box which we wasted and enjoyed our pocket money on, we were allowed into the bar to get a soft drink and crisps and the idea of the pool end in most if not all pubs was to cater for familys, then came the pool leage teams a pub down the road used to have three teams and it was a struggle to get on the team, then of course there was the older blokes and women who played darts dominos etc and of course the pool suppers and snacks put on at each pub, theres still a handful doing this but no one goes, i dont either i am usually to knacked when i get home. most pubs made the decision and basicly kicked everyone out for more lucrative meals that bascly what the pub has to be a reaturant it kind of all happened to kill the pub landlords did away with the pool tables etc, kids stopped going, facebook took off so really no young blood comes into the rural pubs there restarants that sell alcohol on the whole but i do think people are starting to go to the pub a bit now and again, its all ver intersting, i cant be bothered to go out at the moment.

  • Smoking ban it is now decimated. The places we went where in town as my local is know as the jawbone and is an in thru the door out thru the window pub so dont go in x

  • when i was a teenager the pubs were allowed to kater for our age group in the villages and towns in that our pub had the garage converted so that it had a pool table and arcade games and a duke box which we wasted and enjoyed our pocket money on, we were allowed into the bar to get a soft drink and crisps

    Never been in a pub like that, but it sounds like a great idea!

  • Something killed the pubs for sure. I drove by my oldest, favorite boozer the other day. This was a pub constantly frequented by the locals. We could drink long after closing time. We could smoke dope (discreetly) in there and our dogs could sit on the seats (reserving our place) while we went for a piss. To some it was a rough pub, to others it was the heart of our community. It is now a TESCO express. :(

  • I was landlord of a pub,when i took it on it was doing very little business £100 a week rent and free of tie for top shelf and soft drinks and allowed 1 guest beer a week. It was good nice friendly local boozer, trade picked up well,then a big pub co took over, rent £400 a week and full tie, along with smoking ban and supermarket cheap beer killed it dead. My previous regulars now all chat on f/b drink at home and seldom go out,so taxi drivers, takeaways etc. all lose out and the pub itself is yet another BLOODY TESCO EXPRESS

  • As some of you know, I manage a pub.


    Our pub is very lucky. We are free from tie, so we can buy the stock from whoever we like.


    We are owned by 35 share holders, most of whom drink in the pub regularly.


    We have no juke box, not gambling machines, no silly games machines. We have a bar billiards table that takes old two shilling bits.


    If there is music in the pub it will involve a uke, banjo, squeeze box or similar.


    We sell real ale. People talk to each other. We don't sell Stella.


    We are CAMRA London pub of the year, after only being open in present form for just over 2 years.


    If you look for the formula, it can work, but it is bloody hard work, and being owned by the regulars is what really makes it happen.


    I feel so sorry for people who try to run pubs these days; the pub down the road had new folk in about 4 months ago. Rent and rates £1000 a week - yes, a week! Tied to the company for everything. Despite which, they started to turn it round, so the company put the rent up by £1000 a month. They gave the keys back and walked away - what chance do people have against greedy companies like that???


    I don't blame faceache, I blame all the pub companies who are screwing landlords / managers for every last penny.


    Drinks in pubs are expensive because the government and the Pub companies steal so much of YOUR money.


    If we can buy a cask of ale for £30 cheaper than a tied house can buy the same ale for, how can they possibly compete?


    And breathe now..........


    :-)

  • gardeners arms in taunton turned into a tesco exspess:curse: it oppened about 3 months after the pub closed no change of use planning like everyone else or anything like that

  • gardeners arms in taunton turned into a tesco exspess:curse: it oppened about 3 months after the pub closed no change of use planning like everyone else or anything like that


    That because tesco's has a planning dept bigger than a small country and know every planning loop hole/ law and therefore the council do not object to most of tescos developments as it would be costly and fruitless. Money buys power


  • Good for you and your friends colin.


    The government is doing little to help the pubs in fact the government is doing little to help anyone, i think i heard a roumour that the pub landlord (whos little rural gem is doing well) he grafts his ass off he does b and b gets up at 6 gets the fried up going opens the pub for his guests then sits up with a local till 12 it nearly kills him, but the roumour i heard was that the pub chain he works for put his rent up to 50 grand a year thats mental, and he s making a profit but hell he s grafting for it i went in and stopped in he was ok with me in then he started doing his books at 1230 i respect him poor bugger but he really tries to get band s in now and again, but meals are what makes him money.


    Town pubs really struggle i guess, i wrote this thread pre girlfriend pre facebook etc and just wrote what i saw pubs dying on there arse, and i guess i am part of that i am saving money a bit now just feels like the wright thing to do and i find out whats going on on the comp i have booze in my house i like a glass of red now on a sat night with me girlfriend so the pull of the pub is nt as great.


    Lets hope there is something as good as an institution as the british pub for the next generations to get wankered in find mates discuss politics bands life and most importantly find love or just company when your old etc etc, cant finsih this statement oh ramble ramble nostalga fred dibnah steam etc etc.


  • Lets hope there is something as good as an institution as the british pub for the next generations to get wankered in find mates discuss politics bands life and most importantly find love or just company when your old etc etc, cant finsih this statement oh ramble ramble nostalga fred dibnah steam etc etc.


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