Don’t be scared off by cutlery

As the death of the gas­trop­ub is announced, we found our­selves pon­der­ing how peo­ple react to the ‘food led’ pub and why we’ve nev­er real­ly had a prob­lem with it.

Admit­ted­ly, if a place is send­ing clear sig­nals that, despite being in a pub build­ing, the estab­lish­ment is real­ly a restau­rant, we don’t go in unless we want din­ner. (Those sig­nals, by the way, might include a name with the word ‘restau­rant’ in it, or sim­ply not stock­ing any beer at all.) Gen­er­al­ly, how­ev­er, we don’t let a bit of cut­lery and the odd bit of French on a menu stop us going inside.

We have nev­er been turned away and have always had great suc­cess with a bit of human inter­ac­tion: “Is it OK if we just have a cou­ple of pints?”

On a cou­ple of very rare occa­sions, we have had to drink our pints with a snooty look­ing own­er sulk­ing near­by, but, as far as we’re con­cerned, that’s their prob­lem. Is it us or are hard­ened, expe­ri­enced drinkers some­times rather sen­si­tive flow­ers when it comes to this kind of thing?

The Fal­mouth Pack­et is a Cor­nish pub which real­ly gets it right. It is food-led – the land­lord is a chef – and it has almost no seat­ing for peo­ple who just want to drink. Nonethe­less, they have not only always made us feel wel­come whether we’re eat­ing or not, but actu­al­ly take the time to make con­ver­sa­tion with us as we sit at the bar. They have an excel­lent beer, Jol­ly Farmer, brewed exclu­sive­ly for them by the Pen­zance Brew­ing Com­pa­ny, as well as two oth­er cask ales. It’s cosy, too, and the locals who gath­er around the bar are always up for a chat. So, food-led or not, we have no hes­i­ta­tion in rec­om­mend­ing this as a great place to go for a pint.

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  1. I’ve seen British peo­ple com­plain­ing about gas­trop­ubs occa­sion­al­ly, and nev­er under­stood the prob­lem, either. Look­ing for­ward to com­ments explain­ing what the issue actu­al­ly is.

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