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Bad news, and he never learns does he? All the disruption of temporary managers, new managers all has a negative impact on said establishment. One day he won't be around so it's a matter of waiting it out. Too late for many a good manager tho.

Totally agree and the number of SS pubs still shut or looking for a manager are still very high. Even ones with a manager, don't if they are staying or going. Only got the word of Linda Stuart, which is good, but need HS approval.  :HJH

It is a sad state of affairs around the empire of late.
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General Discussion / Re: Credit card charges
« Last post by OldBreweryDrinker on Jan 10 - 2018 »
I believe SS are increasing the price of the food on the new menu to cover the costs of the card machines. Not heard about the beer prices yet,but can see an increase in the near future with the living wage going up and the budget too.

I guess even SS can't keep the prices down for ever,with rising business costs and wage increases.  :S* :S*

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A Customers Viewpoint / Crown Inn, Wetherby.
« Last post by titejawdee on Jan 9 - 2018 »
My first local when I came to Yorkshire ??? years ago.  The landlord was Eric Walton, the National Hunt Jockey.  I have not been in the Crown for many a year Went in last Wednesday 3rd January, 2018.  The pub was immaculate everywhere, rooms, toilets, etc. NO TELEVISION, NO MUSIC, just a few people, early doors, talking and remembering the old times.
AND THE GOOD EXCEPTIONAL POINT ? 2 pints of mild, and 1 pint of butter - change out of a £5 note.  Elsewhere in town pints £3 upwards.
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Bad news, and he never learns does he? All the disruption of temporary managers, new managers all has a negative impact on said establishment. One day he won't be around so it's a matter of waiting it out. Too late for many a good manager tho.
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A Customers Viewpoint / Another one bites the dust
« Last post by HARROGATE BILL on Jan 9 - 2018 »
Sad to say I have just heard from my contact in the North East that the managers at the Burns in Darlington have had enough of Mr Smiths antics.

Understand they had been there for just over 3 years, had been in the trade for over 20 and gained a loyal bunch of customers.

Relief manager currently running the establishment, but non of the staff want to take it on as they all know Mr Smith's methods.

How long before the boards go up we wonder?

Darlington's other Sam Smith's pub has been vacant for over 6 months as well.

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General Discussion / Re: Credit card charges
« Last post by OnTheDrink on Jan 8 - 2018 »
Most businesses I know have absorbed the cost by a slight increase in price across the board, but I can't see Sam's doing that.
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A Customers Viewpoint / Re: Condition of Taddy Lager
« Last post by OnTheDrink on Jan 8 - 2018 »
Pure Brewed occasionally has issues with carbonation not being right from the brewery. It goes flat quickly and tastes dull.
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This is a generalised post regarding the condition of Taddy Lager. Has anybody out there noticed a difference in the quality of a pint in relation to taste and the condition of when it is first poured - from a point of view of the 'aggressive bubbling effect' and the quickness as to it going flat.

Has the brewing process (HS input) been tampered with? Possibly using alternative ingredients?

It is just that over the last month or so at my local (which shall remain annoymous) there have been comments made by the residents of these issues.

I prefer the OBB Cask which is always on song at the local.

Can't comment on the Taddy as I don't drink the stuff. Cask OBB mind, if that's consistently on song then the manager knows what he's doing so likley the problem is else where in the chain rather than the pub itself.
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A Customers Viewpoint / Condition of Taddy Lager
« Last post by discjockey on Jan 8 - 2018 »
This is a generalised post regarding the condition of Taddy Lager. Has anybody out there noticed a difference in the quality of a pint in relation to taste and the condition of when it is first poured - from a point of view of the 'aggressive bubbling effect' and the quickness as to it going flat.

Has the brewing process (HS input) been tampered with? Possibly using alternative ingredients?

It is just that over the last month or so at my local (which shall remain annoymous) there have been comments made by the residents of these issues.

I prefer the OBB Cask which is always on song at the local.
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General Discussion / Credit card charges
« Last post by Melanie Starkey on Jan 6 - 2018 »
Just listened to radio 4 money programme which kindly informed itís listeners of a change in law.  From next Saturday companies cannot charge customers extra if they pay by credit card.  Makes me wonder if this payment will be allowed by Sam Smiths.  I know at present a small charge is payable by customers so we will have to see what happens.  PS I was not drinking in a Sams pub when I heard this!
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