We have boycotted Weatherspoons for their refusal to let dogs into their gardens, however our experience in Cheltenham with the Stonegate Pub Company was ridiculous – here is an excerpt from my blog posted last year that you might like to spread some of the info to your members:-
Now my big beef!!!!! We thought we’d have lunch in Cheltenham and then get the bus back to pick up the van. We went to one pub that looked nice and had a beer garden, but unfortunately they didn’t do food. So we went off to another pub called the Sceptre (owned by Stonegate Pub Company), now I’m naming them because I want to shame them. The pub looked lovely, a bit like Weatherspoons, it was a nice day and they had their tri-fold doors open so that the whole front of the pub was opened up to the good weather. There were about 3 tables on the pavement of the shopping precinct and as we had the dog with us we took the outside table nearest the edge. Iain went inside to order the food and the girl brought the condiments. By now it was getting on for 2pm so we were quite hungry. When the waitress brought the food, as she approached the table she said that she hadn’t realised that we had a dog with us – incidentally because she was sitting very quietly under the table, but that they had a no dogs policy and she would not be able to serve us. She was polite and offered us a refund, buy hey the food was on the table in front of us.
Now I know that no everyone is a dog lover, but we always make sure that our dog doesn’t bother other people and there were only three tables, no one else was eating and this was actually on the public pavement. But no, she took the food away. The manager then came up with the refund and again politely offered his apologies but said it was a company policy. I did say that this was a public pavement that they did not even own and suggest that it would be a good idea to put some signs up to say that dogs and their owners were not welcome. So I had to stand outside their banners, only 2 feet away from the table while Iain finished his drink and joined me. Now to me that is PC gone crazy – well at least the dog was allowed on the buses in Gloucestershire so a thumbs up for the bus company.
I also spread the word on Facebook.
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