After neighbors complained about the loudness, a sarcastic pub landlord demanded that patrons ‘hush.’
The pub is known for hosting regular live music events and is open until 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends, but locals have recently begun to complain.
After putting up a mocking sign instructing patrons to “hush” while on-site, a pub in Berkshire has taken the term “passive aggressive customer service” to a whole new level.
The Victoria Pub, on Norcot Road in Tilehust, put a photo of the new sign – which has now been deleted – on its Facebook page yesterday, announcing its new “yard rules.”
“Dear customers, may we please beg that you whisper while in our garden,” the notice says, referring to a neighbor named “Mildred.”
“This is because we have some next-door neighbors who forget they live next to a pub, not a library, and have nothing better to do than complain to the council.”
According to Berkshire Live, the bar is known for hosting regular live music events and is open until 11 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends.
The landlord of the pub was contacted by BL for comment, but no response was received at the time of publication, according to BL.
Local councillor Helen Manghnani, a Conservative member for Tilehurst West in Reading, said: “I had not seen the sign till recently, and I do visit the bar now and then, but not into the garden.”
“Things, like everything else in today’s society, seem to be getting louder: music, traffic, and even people’s intentions to speak in higher pitched voices.
“It’s difficult for folks in their senior years to live with extremely loud noises, and to be honest, many of the complaints I receive relate around late-night garden parties and loud music.”
In terms of the sign, it could have been a little clearer if the statement about living next door to a pub had been removed.
“We have no idea how long people have lived there or if the tavern or the house arrived earlier.” In any case, sensitivity to such concerns is always a good method to achieve serenity and quiet.” Sign up for one of Brinkwire’s free newsletters to stay up to date on all the latest pub news.