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View nickyf's Profile nickyf 12 Aug 22 6.25pm Send a Private Message to nickyf Add nickyf as a friend

I remember when my old man in the 80s would buy most of his regular friends round the bar a beer and offer his fags around when he opens up a pack, you couldnt and afford to do it now .

 

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Originally posted by Willo

In bygone days, bar staff had to calculate the 'Round' in their heads and work out the change to be handed back to the customer whilst dealing in pounds,shillings and pence.
These days they simply tap in the round and everything is calculated for them !

Finally I am of a certain vintage accordingly I recall the 'Public' bars separated from the 'Saloon' bar where the prices for the former were a tad less than those for the latter.

Yes, you're right Willo, the prices were always slightly less in the Public Bar. Before moving away from Wallington our drinking group used to meet in the Duke's Head on Wallington Green and it was our bit of fun occasionally to buy the drinks in the Public Bar and then saunter into the Lounge Bar to drink them. The place was usually too busy on a Friday night for anyone to notice or bother.

The pub I referred to in my OP was The Star in Rusper. Back then it was just a drinking pub. No food was served although the landlady would make a sandwich for the locals if asked. Now it's run by a Greek bloke and is focused on food - Greek of course.

 


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Originally posted by Willo

In bygone days, bar staff had to calculate the 'Round' in their heads and work out the change to be handed back to the customer whilst dealing in pounds,shillings and pence.
These days they simply tap in the round and everything is calculated for them !

Finally I am of a certain vintage accordingly I recall the 'Public' bars separated from the 'Saloon' bar where the prices for the former were a tad less than those for the latter.

Counting the pounds wouldn't have been too challenging. The price of a pint on decimalisation was around 3 shillings (15p). Nearly 7 pints to the pound!

 


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View becky's Profile becky Flag over the moon 12 Aug 22 7.04pm Send a Private Message to becky Holmesdale Online Elite Member Add becky as a friend

Originally posted by Willo

In bygone days, bar staff had to calculate the 'Round' in their heads and work out the change to be handed back to the customer whilst dealing in pounds,shillings and pence.
These days they simply tap in the round and everything is calculated for them !

Finally I am of a certain vintage accordingly I recall the 'Public' bars separated from the 'Saloon' bar where the prices for the former were a tad less than those for the latter.

Well, you did get carpet in the saloon rather than the lino or sawdust of the public.... and let's not forget the Snug, where crusty oldies would gather like it was a private members club to swap gossip!

 


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View Willo's Profile Willo Flag South coast - west of Brighton. 12 Aug 22 7.08pm Send a Private Message to Willo Add Willo as a friend

Originally posted by becky

Well, you did get carpet in the saloon rather than the lino or sawdust of the public.... and let's not forget the Snug, where crusty oldies would gather like it was a private members club to swap gossip!

I wasn't a crusty oldie in those bygone days so never got into gossip swapping in the 'Snug' !

I do recall the different flooring in the bars and I believe that in the 'Public' the coarsening of public discourse was more prevalent !

 

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View Teddy Eagle's Profile Teddy Eagle Online Flag 12 Aug 22 7.09pm Send a Private Message to Teddy Eagle Add Teddy Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by Willo

In bygone days, bar staff had to calculate the 'Round' in their heads and work out the change to be handed back to the customer whilst dealing in pounds,shillings and pence.
These days they simply tap in the round and everything is calculated for them !

Finally I am of a certain vintage accordingly I recall the 'Public' bars separated from the 'Saloon' bar where the prices for the former were a tad less than those for the latter.

The saloon bar was usually for when the wife got taken out. My dad never missed a night but only ever in the public bar - he would never pay extra "just for a bit of carpet on the floor".
Considering the state of lots of South London pubs at the time an extra penny or two didn't seem a bad deal.

 

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View Willo's Profile Willo Flag South coast - west of Brighton. 12 Aug 22 7.19pm Send a Private Message to Willo Add Willo as a friend

Going back to bygone days, it was not unusual for a customer to offer the bartender a drink which was usually accepted and the person used to pour a half pint, raise it in appreciation and place it at the back of the bar area.
I do not see customers offering a tipple these days, probably due to the overall price of beverages.

 

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View Teddy Eagle's Profile Teddy Eagle Online Flag 12 Aug 22 7.32pm Send a Private Message to Teddy Eagle Add Teddy Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by Willo

Going back to bygone days, it was not unusual for a customer to offer the bartender a drink which was usually accepted and the person used to pour a half pint, raise it in appreciation and place it at the back of the bar area.
I do not see customers offering a tipple these days, probably due to the overall price of beverages.

There was an Andy Capp cartoon in the pub.
- Have one yourself.
- Cheers. I'll have a large Scotch.
- You decide the drink. I'll decide the size.

 

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View Willo's Profile Willo Flag South coast - west of Brighton. 12 Aug 22 7.56pm Send a Private Message to Willo Add Willo as a friend

Originally posted by Teddy Eagle

There was an Andy Capp cartoon in the pub.
- Have one yourself.
- Cheers. I'll have a large Scotch.
- You decide the drink. I'll decide the size.

Marvellous !

My wife and I will shortly be departing for a tipple or two in a local Public House !!

 

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View syd snot's Profile syd snot Flag munich 12 Aug 22 9.49pm Send a Private Message to syd snot Add syd snot as a friend

Nope.

 

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View dreamwaverider's Profile dreamwaverider Flag 12 Aug 22 9.51pm Send a Private Message to dreamwaverider Add dreamwaverider as a friend

Pubs will Fade out. Pints will drop off and people will drink less. Thatís my prediction. Iíve pretty much given up now. Too expensive. Used to love the pub but they are very different places now. Nearly all smart cafes. Changing world.

 

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