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Nearly half disagree with Wetherspoons dog ban

PUBLISHED: 13:35 17 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:35 17 September 2018

Joseph Conrad, Lowestoft Pictures: MICK HOWES

Joseph Conrad, Lowestoft Pictures: MICK HOWES


Almost half of Journal readers believe that dogs should not be banned from external areas of pubs.

The Kings Head Hotel in Beccles. Picture: Archant.The Kings Head Hotel in Beccles. Picture: Archant.

More than 450 people took part in our poll as to whether dogs should be banned from pubs following Wetherspoon’s decision to ban dogs from all parts of their premises.

The Kings Head Hotel in Beccles and the Joseph Conrad in Lowestoft both have large outside seating areas where people regularly use to have a drink with their furry friends.

However those with dogs will no longer be able to do this, something that will please 18pc of readers who agree with the move to ban the animals.

Some went further, with 10pc saying dogs should be banned from all areas of pubs.

However, 27pc of readers said our canine pals should be allowed outside, but not inside pubs, while 45pc of readers disagreed with the ban.

On the Lowestoft Journal and Beccles and Bungay Journal’s Facebook pages, residents were angry at the decision.

Kara Glass said: “Fair enough having them inside but banning them outside is a bit ridiculous.

Lesley Rhodes said: “We have just been to Cornwall on holiday. Nearly all the pubs are dogs friendly. This meant we were able to enjoy a meal with our dog.

“There were dogs in all the restaurants we used with no problems. We wouldn’t have been able to enjoy our holiday so much without this facility. Good on Cornwall.”

Karen King said: “It’s just one person spoils it for every one, not all dog are the same . I would rather have a dog sitting next to me than someone smoking in your face.”

Debbie Dimech said: “Can they ban outside smoking as well?”

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “The fact that so many people participated in the poll shows how big an issue this is.

“We totally understand that many customers are disappointed with our decision however we believe it is correct for our pubs.

“It is important to emphasise that we have banned dogs in our pubs since 1979 but the policy has lapsed in recent years.”

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