Pub refused extra seats outside after ‘wolf whistle from drinkers to customers of nearby beauty shop’
Pub will not get extra seating outside after ‘wolf whistle from drinkers to customers of nearby beauty shop’
- Coachmakers Arms in Stoke-on-Trent refused permission to double the seating area
- Extension would have blocked access to the car park also used by the salon clients
- The salon manager said she had received complaints about adolescent wolf whistles
- Pub started selling beer called ‘Wolf Whistle’ but dismissed claims as ‘rumors’
A pub has not been given additional outdoor seating after drinkers ‘fleets wolf to the customers of a nearby beauty shop’.
The Coachmakers Arms in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, was not allowed to double the seating area from six to 12 tables by the licensing subcommittee.
The extension would have blocked access to a small parking lot owed by the municipality, which was also used by Studio Amour clients, the licensing hearing was told.
In her objection, Charlie Dixey, the salon manager, said she received complaints about male pub goers making inappropriate comments and whistling at customers.
Coachmakers Arms landlord Rob Ledgar told the hearing that the allegations were ‘hearsay’ and said, ‘My clients have never whistled any of the clients’
The pub in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, was not allowed to double the seating area from six to 12 tables by the area’s licensing subcommittee.
She wrote to the municipality: ‘We have received complaints from many customers that male customers of The Coachmakers, when they previously had a street cafe, made inappropriate comments and actions (wolf whistle) against them.
“Our customers and employees will not feel comfortable walking past men sitting outside, let alone under the influence of alcohol, and would be very uncomfortable.”
The manager also told the committee, “In the process of helping one company, ours will be completely broken down and damaged.”
But bar owner Rob Ledgar told the hearing that the allegations were “ hearsay, ” the reports BBC.
He said, “My clients have never whistled any of the clients who left Studio Amour, as far as I know, and if they did I would ask them to leave the pub.”
In response to the allegations, Ledgar started selling a pale ale called ‘Wolf Whistle’ for £ 2.80 a pint and placed an advertisement in the pub window.
A tweet made by the pub, which posted: ‘Fancy a Wolf Whistle? See you soon at the Coachmakers Arms – Hanley #wolfwhistle #paleale #ifyouknowyouknow ‘
The landlord said he had no intention of encouraging wolf whistling or suggesting it was ‘a bit of fun’, reports Stoke on Trent Live.
He told the hearing, ‘I didn’t say wolves whistling was any fun. I don’t encourage wolf whistles. I’m selling a beer called Wolf Whistle, it’s that simple. ‘
Mr. Ledgar also said he takes offense at anyone who whistles wolf and expects his customers to be civilized and honest people.
The committee’s decision will be published in five days and the pub has 21 days to appeal.