Bar Talk

Are mobile phones 'horrible for atmosphere' at pubs?

By Nikkie Sutton

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Debate: how do mobile phone affect the pub?
Debate: how do mobile phone affect the pub?

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Following on from Hove bar the Gin Tub installing a Faraday cage in their ceiling so mobile phone signals are unable to enter the site, this week’s bar talk asks licensees what they think of mobile phones in pubs.

Michelle Abbott, the Anchor, Wingham, Kent

“I don’t like people being on their phones all the time so I make sure customers talk at the bar. They should engage with each other. Sometimes I make a joke out of everyone being on their phones to start a conversation.”

Paul Egerton from the Jolly Sailor, St Albans, Hertfordshire

“I have no problem with it and we try to enhance it with giving them free Wi-Fi. I think you’re deluded if you think you can stop people using their phones. It is a sign of the modern times.”

Emma Harvey from the Wheatsheaf Inn, No Mans Heath, Cheshire

“It is nice to have a ‘no phone Friday’ but I don’t think it would work here. We get people coming in just to use the internet but they do buy a pint too. I wouldn’t want to blank it out.”

Gordon Reid from the Queens Arms in Corton Denham, Dorset

“Customers on their phones can be horrible for the atmosphere, but you can’t stop it because you would alienate people. We see it sometimes with couples, but that is the way it is and I wouldn’t block it.”

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