When a pub is not a pub

Black Boy Milton

Black Boy

If you were planning to go to the Black Boy public house in Milton for a pint today, don’t bother.  It is closed to the public for a private party.  I went for my usual Saturday pint and snack today only to find it was festooned with pretty balloons and to read a notice saying CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE PARTY. It seems some lucky couple were holding their wedding reception there.  Good luck to them.

Now a public house is surely, by implication, a house for the public to enjoy?  So, to close it without notice seems pretty unacceptable to me.   If I had known, I would not have driven unnecessarily to Milton.  Something on their web site would have been worth trying or an e-mail to their regulars for whom they presumably have e-mail addresses but simply to shut down was particularly irritating.  I assume they will return to being a house for the public tomorrow (Sunday) so I need to decide whether I drive over there to find out or try my luck with something more local.

Nought out of ten for customer satisfaction.

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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