View across the river Dee to the suspension bridge
Late morning yesterday myself and Jill and the four dogs set off to walk a circular walk along the banks of the R. Dee and back to the Telford Basin where we are currently moored. It was an EXCEEDINGLY windy day, the boats had had to be retied as they banging about in the gusts but by 11ish it was bright and dry so off we toddle. Along the City wall above the Chester Racecourse to Bridgegate where we crossed Handbridge and started out along the river embankment.
Looking down into the river from the bridge parapet and watching the Fire Brigade doing rescue exercises.
On our return to the City precincts, 3 hours later, and desperate for a loo we were looking for a Pub that would also welcome the dogs. On spotting a likely candidate, blackboards outside proclaiming a welcome for all, 'this is a real pub' etc. Jill popped in to enquire if their welcome extended to people with dogs. Returning a minute or so later with a face like thunder, I thought perhaps the mission had been in vain; an it had.
"No sorry dear, we serve food and IT is not allowed."
Red rag to a ... time. This excuse is irritating. If pubs don't want dogs inside they are quite within their rights to bar them, it's their business after all, but using the serving of food as a 'reason' is inaccurate and disingenuous.
Passing the next Pub, The Ship, with chap up ladder outside painting the window frame, Jill remarks that it looks too bistro to allow dogs and as we start to walk by a voice from above says, "That's a bit harsh." - no it wasn't THAT voice - "We certainly do allow dogs inside " he says, "and we serve food!"
So in we trots, ordered a pint and packet of pork scratchings for the mutts and then proceeds to order a rather pleasant lunch for ourselves!
So, ya-boo-sucks to the first publican. Food CAN and frequently IS served with dogs present - so who lost out here then?