Town Without Pity

There has been much hoo-ha in the last 24 hours over Lymington, the Hampshire town that is “too posh for Argos” and its latest decision to prevent Wetherspoons opening a pub there. It’s been featured on the BBC and sparked a lively debate in the Independent.

Indeed, the Indy was so impressed that it welcomed the decision as some sort of stand against “chain store Britain”. Which it clearly isn’t. It’s simple snobbery. The excuses: it would spoil the character of the town, ruin other pub’s business and create drunken disorder.

Firstly Lymington isn’t some chocolate box village. It’s got a population of 14,000-big enough, one would have thought. to sustain a JDW. And it may not have an Argos, but it’s got Tesco in the High St, a 99p shop etc. One begins to wonder if it’s simply old-fashioned Puritanism and a dislike of pubs?

But no, they are worried about their existing pubs. Ah, quaint Free Houses catering for local demand. Not quite. A quick check reveals that many are owned by the likes of Enterprise and Punch anyway. So plenty of chain pubs there already. According to the article, some are struggling-high rents mean high prices, mean less custom. Time for some competition?

It seems it’s just the thought of the dreaded Wetherspoons selling cheap lout and pongy ale to the masses that is keeping opponents awake at night. Surely the pub-goers of Lymington and the laws of supply and demand should be the judge of if it needs another pub?

What’s the matter Hampshire boy, afraid of some cheap booze?


Barry said…
Nothing wrong with Spoons. In my view they do more for Britain's micros than anyone else.
RedNev said…
I've drunk in two Wetherspoons in Hampshire, in Andover and Winchester, and their website shows they've 26 in the county, so it's a Lymington thing, not a Hants one.

Well, if the double-dip recession bites, they'll be begging for a Spoons, and a Lidl, and an Aldi ...
Anonymous said…
What would Lees-Jones have to say about it all?
Cooking Lager said…
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Cooking Lager said…
No Spoons?

Sounds like a bit of a dump does Lymington.
Anonymous said…
Thanks for sharing the link, but unfortunately it seems to be offline... Does anybody have a mirror or another source? Please reply to my post if you do!

I would appreciate if a staff member here at could post it.

Penny said…
The link works for me.
Curmudgeon said…
I think Anon was spamming. Mind you, the idea of Tyson employing legions of flunkeys to keep his blog running is quite amusing ;-)
Tyson said…
Yes I also thought he was spamming but kept the comment as it did rather amuse me.

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