Sunday, March 09, 2014

Rural Pub

I had dinner today at a pub in a West Sussex village. I noticed a lot of customers had been out walking and were removing muddy boots or shoes to enter the pub in their socks. I don't think I've seen people do that before.

9 comments:

Paul said...

Interesting. Why did they do it? Was it the pub policy? Was this place cozy and comfortable and were the floors carpeted?

Matthew Celestis said...

Yes, the pub was carpeted.

I did not see any sign up to tell people to do this and I saw a guy in their with muddy boots, so those who did this were being polite.

Paul said...

Well, if there was no policy, then most people probably entered the pub with their muddy boots on and thus the pub would not be such a clean place and walking around in socks would not be called for. Don't you think?

Were it mostly men or women who removed their shoes?

Matthew Celestis said...

It was both men and women. Quite a lot of people were doing this. I only saw one guy in there wearing muddy shoes.

Paul said...

Interesting... I wonder what people thought of that guy who messed up the floors in the pub. Were all the shoes kept at the door? Was anyone in slippers or just socks or tights?

Anonymous said...

The problem with removing shoes in a public place like a bar is that they can get stolen. If the owners would like to keep the floors clean, they should place cowhides and zebra skins on the floor like this bar: http://www.culturedivine.com/TMB%201.jpg

Sandro said...

Hides etc. are even a stronger reason to remove one's shoes for comfort and cleanness.

Paul said...

Actually, I agree with Anonymous that shoes can be stolen if taken off is a public place such as a pub. Also, in most Western countries it is a strict no-no to take off your shoes in public, so, while this gesture is indeed well-meant, it can still offend some people or give them an uncomfortable dilemma. So, the owners of the pub should put some rugs and a welcome mat to keep the floors clean.

Carl said...

More about shoes off at public places.

Our neighborhood movie theater was remodeled last year and now have reclining leather chairs. When you recline, your chair is becoming like a couch, with your feet resting on the leather seat. My wife took her shoes off before putting her feet on the recliner, and convinced me to do the same. It felt a tad strange to be shoeless in a public place such as a movie theater!