3 PARA mortars or 42 Commando?
Half day from work so out for a quiet pint. The contact details paper seems to have been abandoned, I can choose my own table and order at the bar. Feels much like it did in February apart from the hand sanitiser (and it's warmer obviously).Well, that was a mistake.
Invited to pub and the system seems to work well enough. You rock up to the door, get given a bit of paper to put contact details on and are allocated a table. Staff wander around taking orders and delivering drinks which was a bit odd to have waiter service for a few pints.
The issue is that a lot of people interpreted 'pubs are open' as 'you must get shitfaced'. Quite a few groups were absolutely falling down drunk and, as you can't choose your table, we ended up next to an obnoxiously loud group. No aggro but being sat with my back to them made it difficult to relax when I was expecting a load of vomit down my neck any second.
The only upside I can see is that the predicted violence at closing time won't be too much of an issue as by that point most people will be unable to stand unsupported.
Where's the spoons? Haven't been there for 20 odd years. Used to be the copperfield, on the bridge, the ram (i think), near Tesco and the black horse, opposite the theater.You must live in an impoverished area filled with Wetherspoons and other Chav pub chains. Where I live, there are 4 pubs, 2 which sell craft beer and the like, 1 is a Spoons and the other is an ex Youngs pub, now an independent whose prices fall between Spoons and the other 2, all have a steady trade throughout the week and it's not that affluent an area either (Catford). Plus there are a couple of "Lounges" that cater for our more exotic brethren as well that only open at weekends that are also busy too.
The Black Horse is now The Ninth Life (Craft Beer pub), Copperfield is now the Catford Bridge Tavern (Craft Beer pub), The Ram is now an independent called The Black Cat. Spoons was built in 2000 (I was the first Guvnor) and is on Rushey Green opposite Boots chemist and The Rising Sun which is now flats. Since 2005, Catford has lost 5 pubs, the Dartmouth now flats, Rising Sun now flats, The George now flats and a Tesco Express, Place House Tavern flats again and Plough and Harrow now split in 2, one half a Nigerian restaurant, the other half a Nigerian "beauty salon".Where's the spoons? Haven't been there for 20 odd years. Used to be the copperfield, on the bridge, the ram (i think), near Tesco and the black horse, opposite the theater.
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