Thursday, 19 February 2009

Following a passion

Readers of this blog could be forgiven for thinking that it's sole purpose is to complain about my lot. I might be lying if I didn't say that it helps me to get through difficulties knowing there are people that do care. It was nice in this post to receive a comment from Tim where he points out that "at least you are passionate about what you are doing". Well I do hope so.

Pub Curmudgeon pointed me to the CAMRA forum. I took a look and not surprisingly there were lots of people who gave loads of examples of what's wrong with today's pubs. Very often I agree with the individual points about the problems in pubs. Very often I think "mmmm...that criticism could apply to us" and "yes, yes, we need to do that, but we're busy, not got enough money...etc". It concerns me that although many of the things that need doing might be easy, piled up together it can be difficult. Yes, I know, I should stop blogging and sort out the pub.

The number of people who don't run pubs, but who consider themselves experts, greatly outweigh the number who actually have the task of running pubs. My blog is partly in response to that.

On the CAMRA forum, amongst the various comments there was one guy who pointed out that any landlord who read that sort of stuff obviously cares. Oh, that must be me then. That was two feel good moments in one day, fantastic.

Now you must excuse me because the forum pointed out that every pub should display it's opening times. I agree, but we don't, so I'm off to make a sign.

8 comments:

Tandleman said...

"Now you must excuse me because the forum pointed out that every pub should display it's opening times. I agree, but we don't, so I'm off to make a sign."

Ah. It's the simple things that trip you up. Thanks for your thoughtful comments about the pub trade and beer. It isn't a simple business. It is a 24 hour a day, 365 days a year job. When I am asked why I don't do it, that is the reason I give. It takes someone special (or who doesn't understand this) to do it and someone passionate and much more, to make it succeed. Keep it up Dave.

Brewers Union Local 180 said...

People don't read signs, Dave. I've had my winter hours posted at eye level on the entry door since the middle of November, and I still get people pounding on the door at 1:30 PM on a Monday wondering why it's locked.

Woolpack Dave said...

Thanks Tandleman, your clear appreciation of the problems is what leads me to call you a great guru.

Woolpack Dave said...

Ted, luckily some people do read stuff. Do it for them.

Tyson said...

Dave

I must admit that opening times, or lack of, are a bugbear of mine. I know most pubs don't, but I think we should follow the Isle of Man's policy of it being mandatory. Yes, another piece of legislation, but hopefully not one that would cost much to implement:)

I wish you wouldn't keep calling TM a "great guru." I keep reading it as "great gnu." Mind you...

Woolpack Dave said...

I agree that the information should be displayed. I'm not sure about making it a legal requirement, simply because it would give the council people something else to poke around for. You're right though, it costs very little to create something. I'm printing mine out from my trusty PC.

AJ said...

Speaking of opening times - just wanted to check whether you are open all week the first week in March? We're making our annual pilgramage to the Woolpack Farm Cottage on the 28th (after a 1 year abscence) so just wanted to make sure we can get rained in the pub!

AJ, Mags & Duke the boxer...

Woolpack Dave said...

March onwards we will be open all week, 11-11, disasters permitting. We're looking forward to seeing Duke again.