So, the English pubs are to re-open in 13 hours time. Can’t see anything wrong with that, nor the carnage of opening all day on a Saturday when we should all be socially distancing. Still, it’ll be nice to go back to the local boozer, won’t it?
So, two quick questions at the massive- What’s your ‘local’ like and will you be going back to it any time soon?
My answer is that I am unlikely to be going back to the pub if I can help it. I never thought for a minute at the start of lockdown that I’d think this, but I really don’t miss the pub at all. My local (as in the nearest , but also most frequented) really isn’t up to much. The vibe is one of cheap booze rather than quality drink, you’ll get a fight in there around the pool table if Spurs have lost (google maps tells me that we are 67.8 miles away from White Hart Lane) and the jukebox is dominated by the greatest hits of the 80’s and 90’s. The pub has changed landlords about 12 times in the eight years that we have lived around here. On one occasion, walking home on a Sunday afternoon from town, we stopped in the pub for an hour. As there weren’t many people there and the vibe was most definitely doomy, I thought that I would have some fun with the internet jukebox, and I put on all of the longest songs I could think of- Fools gold, Stairway to heaven, I want you (she’s so heavy). It’s fair to say that putting The End by The Doors on really wasn’t the best of choices, and in someways it was the end for the pub. Two days later it closed down and didn’t re-open for about six months.
We only drink in this lovely venue as it is nearest, the other local pubs are Harvesters or Hungry Horses or whatever and the locals seem to tolerate us sitting in the corner for a couple of hours. Occasionally Mini Paws finds another small child to play with, but is otherwise happy with a bag of crisps and an ipad. There is a nice pub, just over a mile away, but you have to walk through Murder Park to get there, so funnily enough we don’t visit too often.
So as it goes I think I’ll stay at home, where at least I can control the songs (and we won’t have to close down if I put The Doors on).