An English couple, irritated by the new smoking ban in pubs, has decided to set up their own bar at the foot of their garden, according to news reports. They call it Beach Hut Number Three (the town of Cleethorpes already has a Beach Hut Number One and Two), and because they don’t charge for the liquor, they claim that their venture is entirely legal. They just buy a keg, put out a donations jar, and start pouring. According to their beer supplier:
"There are a lot more people buying off the internet now.
Our barrels are up to £50 cheaper than the breweries, so we are saving
people money. There is a trend towards people setting up their own
bars. We provide them with a range of 1,500 wines and can do parties
and provide staff.
This little venture has saved them over £5,000 in bar bills, the couple claims. (Note to self: Never add up annual bar bill, or annual garden bill, for that matter).
How I envy Brits and their pub culture. At the end of the day, I’m still at my damn computer, typing away, while they are out at the pub with their friends. This isn’t just a wistful American stereotype, either–I was in England last year, staying with actual British friends, and it was clear that our evening pub visits weren’t just in our honor–they really did spend their evenings hanging out and chatting with their friends. To do all that and be in the garden? All the better, even if the primary motivation is to be able to smoke.
Now local officials are snooping around to see if they can put a stop to this unruly behavior. We’ll keep you posted on further developments, but meanwhile, watch the video here.
And speaking of videos, this one is not much to watch, but damn, doesn’t this song get your toes a-tappin? Happy Friday, folks.
Posted by Garden Rant on August 29, 2008 at 5:14 am, in the category Unusually Clever People.