For no sooner than he had reopened the refurbished pub at Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley, Lancashire, than he had a complaint.
It wasn’t about the fine beers and real ales on sales or the food or the live music - it was over some graphic quotes and sayings written as part of the decor ….and too graphic for at least one person who promptly labelled some of the work as sexist.
The controversial calligraphy that apparently caused the most consternation was a humorously intended "Here’s to wives and girlfriends. Let’s hope they never meet".
One customer complained and the complaint spread like wildfire, catching the attention of the local newspaper. “Poor taste’, ‘derogatory’ and ‘an error of judgement’ were some of the comments made.
Mike had his own comment - “pathetic!” - when asked about the complaints. “There was just one person that reported it. Customers want us to leave them“ (the wall words).
He said that the slogans were traditional pub jokes and were balanced in terms of the sexes with another saying ‘’Here’s to husbands and boyfriends Let’s hope they never meet.’
“There loads of little things like that everywhere” he said. “Everyone loves them”