Scots just want a comfy sofa and a glass of wine

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Wine? Wine? Wine? Wine?


The Scotsman newspaper is reporting that Scottish pub-goers are more likely than their English counterparts to want a comfy sofa and a good selection of wine in their local bar.

Not content with suggesting a hitherto unheralded alcoholic sophistication the article goes on to report that the Scots also want a children’s menu more than other parts of the UK.

However as far as the Scots are concerned you can keep cakes and WIFI out of the boozer – they have no place there.

The poll was conducted by YouGov and was commissioned by the pub chain Green King in order to create PR puff stories like these.

In a desperate attempt to defy the the cultural revolution that is the internet the head of Greene King, Rooney Arnand, has issued the following self-delusion:

“The British pub meets timeless human needs that are simply not fulfilled by other meeting places or groups, like social media networks.”

Computer say what? Did  the head of Greene King really utter that or I am imagining things. So his latest piece of research must have shown that more people are honing their narcissism on Facebook than going down the boozer. And this is the drivel they come up with to counter it.

Perhaps they should just reduce their prices and offer more choice instead.

The sooner the big pub chains relinquish control of our pub network the better.

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3 Responses to Scots just want a comfy sofa and a glass of wine

  1. stevo October 19, 2010 at 22:17 #

    wow i actually agree with your last sentence, more variety and quality please. if i comment on every single one of your articles can i get a free bottle of blossom hill of you?

  2. Rob Wade October 22, 2010 at 16:14 #

    Perhaps traditional pub goers are spending more time at home spreading their limited insight over an infinite space via twitter and facebook; I wonder if it’s got anything to do with the four fold price difference between boozing at home or at a pub?

  3. Big Al October 22, 2010 at 19:02 #

    This headline couldn’t be closer to the truth. I am a proud Scot, who loves nothing more than to quaff a glass of wine, (whether it’s Wither Hills or Buckfast), and where better to drink it than on your own comfy sofa? Now that the smoking ban is in force, there is a helluva amount of Scots staying away from pubs…….who would want to stand outside in those sub – zero temperatures? Staying at home is now the sensible option. By the way Gavino, did you ask for my permission to use my photo?

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