Operator loses 50% of bookings due to snow

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Weather warning: snow has covered many parts of the UK (image: Getty/_ultraforma_)
Weather warning: snow has covered many parts of the UK (image: Getty/_ultraforma_)

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One London operator has seen cancellations mount this morning (Monday 12 December) after the parts of the country saw heavy snowfall, resulting in yellow weather warnings in a number of areas including the capital.

The Met Office issued warnings for ice, snow and fog for much of the UK while the snowfall last night (Sunday 11 December) has caused much disruption for travel including airports closing runways and closures on railway lines.

Heath Ball, operator of the Red Lion & Sun in Highgate, north London, has seen his bookings for today halve as a result of the weather.

He said: “It’s just one like thing after another. We had Brexit, then Covid, the war and then [it’s like] whatever deity you believe in [is saying] we’re going to f**k with your trade.

“[I had] 180 booked in, I’m down to 90, I’ve lost them this morning. It’s just cancellation after cancellation.”

Demoralising impact

Ball added: “[It’s] getting weather-blamed. The roads weren’t gritted in time, buses are running up the hill now but they weren’t.

“It’s just demoralising, you just want to have a Christmas trade and you’re getting screwed now.”

However, Ball did outline how the weather could mean walk-in trade may be higher than usual.

He added: “The upside is we might have a snow day and might be busier but it’s not looking like it right now.

“It’s just one thing after another. Give us a break. I’ve probably lost 50%. They are just cancelling online – [costing] a few grand at least.”

Social display

Meanwhile, operators across the country took to social media to showcase the snow outside their pubs.

The Leather Bottle in Blackmore, Essex, shared the snow coming down outside the front of the pub.

The Chequers Inn, Wooburn, in Buckinghamshire, outlined how access was still available to the site.

Similarly, the Kings Arms in Waterloo, central London, encouraged customers to pop in for a drink amid the cold weather.

Meanwhile, about 40 people gathered in an East Sussex pub after the snow came down heavily.

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