Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Sticky tables

Sticky tables do they irritate anyone else like they irritate me?

Before you've even got to the bar and ordered a pint a good measure of a pub is reveal by the non-adhesive properties of their table tops. It’s a cleanliness thing. If they can't even keep their table tops clean and free from stickiness how good is the rest of the experience going to be? And there really is no excuse for it. I suppose if a pub is busy, having the odd ring on the table from a previous customer, whilst not ideal, is understandable. But when the adhesive is in layers built up over a period of time it really is totally unacceptable. There is no need for it!

I’ll get me coat.


Curmudgeon said...

Surely a major cause of sticky tables is the all-too-common lack of beermats!

RedNev said...

Yes, it's irritating.

I've had good beer in a pub where the tables are sticky, the ashtrays were overflowing (in the past, of course), with empty glasses and crisp and peanut bags on the tables.

But according the CAMRA, this cannot happen: they still say that if the real ale is kept well, everything else in the pub will be too. So it must have all been a dream.

Paul Garrard said...

Beer mats do help but when they stick to the table you know the pub has a problem.

I'm sure there will be a few examples where mucky pubs still produce good ale but I think they will be rare.

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RedNev said...

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John McNally said...

Tables without beermats are really annoying. In 'trendy' places they give you a pint with a napkin! Why don't they appreciate the reason beer mats were invented in the first place?

I agree with you Paul if the tables are dirty, which are on full view, it's not likely the beer pipes will be clean.

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