One of Manchester’s most celebrated pubs has told customers who complained about their Covid safety measures to ‘leave our staff alone’.
The Marble Arch said that some ‘strange people’ have been complaining to staff about the pub’s face mask policies.
The Rochdale Road boozer recently reintroduced the mandatory wearing of face coverings when moving around the venue, as well as table service, in a bid to create a ‘safe environment’.
But Paul Plowman, a director at Marble Brewery, said that some people have taken issue with the rules.
Some customers even threatened to boycott the Marble Arch.
He invited those who aren’t happy about the new safety measures to take their business elsewhere, saying they ‘really don’t care’ and will ‘bat on without you’.
His words, making it ‘abundantly clear’ that unpleasantness towards staff won’t be tolerated, have been praised by thousands on social media.
One person even asked if Paul fancies running the country.
Paul wrote: “Yesterday our flagship pub the Marble Arch made the decision to make masks mandatory whilst not seated and make the use of table service.
“The bottom line reason for this is this: Our priority is keeping our staff and customers safe whilst simultaneously trying to keep our business going, and with no government support, keep our staff paid.
“Seems reasonable to me.
“However since this we’ve had a number of strange responses on social media (to be expected) but more importantly our management and staff have had to put with strange people in real life complaining about these measures.
“I would like to make this abundantly clear to anyone who feels they want to reply to this or speak to our staff with anything along the lines of ‘right well that’s my custom you’ve lost’, we really don’t care.
“Honestly, we will bat on without you.
“Throw as many insults as you like, leave the pub in disgust if you want, as long as you leave our staff alone, we really don’t care.
“Finally I’d like to take a moment to thank all our customers who don’t really see the fuss with the measures, and have supported our business at a time when we need it the most.
“Cheers, have a great Christmas!”
People have praised Paul for sticking up for his staff, with one person writing: “Good to see some real leadership, taking the necessary steps to protect people, both staff and customers. You don’t fancy running the country do you?”
Another said: “Big vibes for the directors coming out to support the staff right now. We love to see it.”
One of Marble’s employees wrote: “This week has been horrid. Whatever side of the bar you’re on, you know just how hard Xmas run up is even at the best of times, and I can’t find words to express the frustration at the moment.
“But I’ll tell you summat for nothing, though. I’m bloody proud to work for this team.”
Featured Image – The Marble Arch MCR
Food & Drink
The Oast House confirms return of legendary Christmas tipi with twinkling lights and festive cocktails
The Oast House has confirmed that its legendary Christmas tipi draped in twinkling lights is set to return for the festive season.
And there’s really not long left to wait now before the magic arrives.
The popular Spinningfields venue’s winter tipi has played its part in brining the festive spirit to Manchester for the past 11 years now, so it’s fair to say it’s become something of an institution – and now, with the air getting nippier by the day, The Oast House has given Mancs the news they’ve been waiting for.
That’s right, The TeePee is back once again for another year, and it’s set to open for the festive season in just a couple of weeks time.
Complete with two roaring fires, twinkling fairy lights, faux fur throws, The Teepee will be made up of three tents joined together with a huge open hub, and is all sounding set to be a popular spot for locals and those who’ve finished a hard day at work during the colder months.
Set to reopen on Wednesday 11 October, and then staying open to festive revellers every day of the week throughout the winter, The Teepee is famed for its free live music, house-cooked food, and laidback warm and welcoming atmosphere.
There’ll be a mouthwatering street food menu, a selection of limited-edition winter cocktails, mulled wine, and festive hot chocolates, and, of course, a stage area set up for guests to dance the night away – with a packed lineup of live gigs all planned over the next few months.
Katsu chicken fries, Northern poutine with bone marrow gravy, Shorrock’s Lancashire cheese, chicken, or plant-based gyros, stacked burgers, hot wings, and hanging kebabs, are just some of the warming dishes you can tuck into from the street food menu.
There’ll also be a wide range of festive tipples also on offer to wash it all down with.
The TeePee reopens for 2023 on Wednesday 11 October.
The Oast House and The TeePee are then open every day 12 noon until late throughout the winter, and will continue hosting a packed roster of live musicians covering a range of genres – from pop and rock, to funk and soul, and so much more.
Honest Burgers giving away 100 FREE burgers from their Spinningfields site today
Get ready to race half of Manchester city centre over to Deansgate as Honest Burgers are giving away 100 free burgers from their Spinningfelds location today (Tuesday, 26 September).
As part of a nationwide promotion, the increasingly popular and ever-delicious chain of burger restaurants is handing out 100 complimentary smashed burgers from their 40 different locations around the UK, meaning there’s going to be 4,000 free patties flying out the doors this lunchtime.
With fries included. Today is a great day.
Set to run from 11:30am until 2pm this afternoon, Honest Burgers will be welcoming Mancs and people all over the country to queue up outside their city centre spots to try and get their hands on a tasty smash burger and some of their irresistible rosemary salted chips.
The rules are simple: 100 portions of burgers and chips are handed out for free per restaurant and it’s first come, first served, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.
However, the excitement doesn’t stop there…
In an incredible twist and bold bit of marketing for the burger joint, one lucky diner will also win a whopping £5,000 worth of Honest Equity Shares and therefore become a co-owner of the Honest Burgers franchise.
All you need to do to find out if you’ve won is check your free burger ticket in their Spinningfields restaurant for details.
Honest Burgers co-founder Tom Barton had this to say on the incredibly generous scheme: “We started in a marquee, in a muddy field, mostly in the rain! It’s fair to say, we never dreamed we’d get to where we are today.
“One thing for sure is we wouldn’t have got here without our loyal customers. So we wanted to give them the opportunity to become co-owners of the brand as we set up the next chapter in our story…
Nothing says thank you better than a free burger! We’ve been totally overwhelmed with the response to our crowdfunding campaign and we’re super excited that our customers can join us for the next stage of our adventure”.