Wetherspoon To Ban All Dogs From Its Pubs

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Wetherspoon To Ban All Dogs From Its Pubs

As of 10 September, JD Wetherspoon pubs will officiallyno longer allow man's best friend to accompany him (or her) in any of their boozers across the country. That's almost 1,000 pubs.

Before you start barking up a storm, it's worth knowing that technically the JD Wetherspoon pub chain actually banned pooches - except for service dogs, of course - back in 1979, just a few months after it was first founded.

It's just that now there's actually going to be an enforced blanket ban that prohibits them for good - and which won't even let them relax in any of their gardens.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The reason? Well, according to Wetherspoons spokesman Eddie Gershon, it's because not all dog owners are diligent when it comes to cleaning up their mess.

"Even well behaved dogs can be unpredictable," he said.

"Every dog owner thinks their dog is perfect. We welcome a lot of children and families and younger children in particular can be unpredictable around dogs and many are scared of dogs.

"We serve a lot of food. Unfortunately not all owners are diligent over cleaning up dog mess.


While it would perhaps make more sense to ban the dog owners (and their pups) who fail to clean up their dogs' waste, the chain have opted for a more draconian solution to the problem.

An official statement by the company reads: "Please note that Wetherspoon has a policy of not allowing dogs in its pubs, including all outside areas. (Assistance Dogs excepted).


"This policy was introduced shortly after the company was founded in 1979, although in recent years we have allowed a few exceptions.

"After much consultation, we will now be strictly enforcing this policy everywhere.

"In order to give those affected time to adjust we have set a deadline of Monday, September 10, 2018."


Naturally, many people aren't best pleased that their four-legged friend will no longer be allowed to join them for a sesh.

One person wrote on Twitter: "Well played @Wetherspoon__UK for banning dogs from your pubs. Let all the parents take their noisy & badly behaved kids (in some cases) there and I'll happily take my business and hound to more enlightened, higher quality establishments - hopefully with fewer kids!"

Another said: "Ridiculous decision by the chain. Dogs are usually on leads in pubs and do not move around much. Unruly children on the other hand! There are plenty more dog friendly places to go to."

Whether that will have a big impact on the number of customers going to branches of the chain remains to be seen, but it certainly seems sad that one of the joys of going to a traditional British boozer - saying hello to furry friends - is going to disappear from almost 1,000 pubs around the country.

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Topics: UK News, News, Pubs, Food And Drink, Wetherspoons, UK

Mischa Pearlmen
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