Monday, 9 August 2010

Tab

I find the concept of a tab in a pub to be a bit ridiculous in this day and age. In fact I had assumed that this anachronistic form of credit had long since expired. But not so. A regular in the pub tonight was keen to settle his. It might be a tradition from bygone times but surely it is about time that it was consigned to the dustbin of history, isn’t it? Now it’s a different thing if you've organised a function in a pub and agreed to pay for the drink that's understandable and is normally settled at the end of the session/party. But a tab for everyday use would seem totally unnecessary. It seems unfair of a punter to expect it and foolhardy of a publican to allow it, but on the other hand it’s quite quant.

6 comments:

RedNev said...

My local intoduced a tab system a year or two ago, but you had to leave a card behind the bar so you couldn't abscond without paying. Also, it was only available for people they knew. There was consequently little risk for the licensee. I only did it once, but didn't like the shock of paying for an evening's beer all in one go. They have recently scrapped the system.

Curmudgeon said...

A lot of food-oriented pubs allow customers to open a tab for meals and drinks, but always require it to be settled before the party leave. I can't say I've heard of drinks being allowed to build up on a tab over several days in recent years.

Paul Garrard said...

No this was yer genuine old fashioned tab

Tyson said...

It does still go on, but even in my neck of the woods, it's rare. I once had a work colleague who ran a tab and had it paid by direct debit.

Barm said...

I don't see what's anachronistic about it. I'd quite like to not have to fumble for cash every time I want a pint.

Paul Bailey said...

Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me, for both parties. Pay as you go, is definitely the way to go!