A Facebook Page set up yesterday called “Boycott the City Tavern, Northumberland“ has attracted support from almost 800 Facebook users in it’s first 24 hours online. The page was set up following reports of a group of rock fans being kicked out of the pub because of the way they were dressed.
As reported in The Chronicle, the group were asked to leave the City Tavern, which has recently had a refurbishment, on Northumberland Road, Newcastle.
The group commented that they were initially served by bar staff without comment however on arrival of the owner of the venue, they were asked to move from their table and then asked to leave completely.
One of the group members Lee Anderson states: “The owner insisted that the pub has no dress code, yet he also said ‘You’ve come in here with Slayer T-Shirts and belts, it’s not a good look’, despite none of us wearing Slayer T-Shirts or even being fans of the band“
The City Tavern used to be known as LYH until it’s refurbishment earlier this year. As LYH, it was known for it’s Rock nights. Lee, who has been a regular of the venue for around 4 years, goes on to say: “He said we shouldn’t have been served in the first place.“
Owner and managing director of Bar Hound which runs City Tavern, David King said in a statement: “Since the recent change of ownership and the completion of a major refurbishment, thanks to a different philosophy City Tavern is now very different from the pub it once was. Customers enjoy a food-led bar with a laid back ambience and our focus is on serving great food and great beers in comfortable surroundings.”
Online user Paula Murray-Barratt comments on the Chronicles article: “While I feel for staff who are put in an untennable position by a manager with really extreme views….this has caused complete outrage and so it should. No apology seems to be forthcoming though does it ??? Discrimination against people who dress differently and listen to different music can end very badly. If we as individuals allow this kind of hate, it becomes the norm and then it becomes ok for us to be treated this way…think about Sophie Lanacaster…she dared to be different…she was beaten to death by people who didnt like her freedom of choice…If there is no challenge then it makes THAT ok…. ???? www.sophielancasterfoundation.com“
Despite the growing online support for boycotting the venue, many Facebook users are asking why we should boycott a venue that doesn’t want us there in the first place, suggesting perhaps a more appropriate approach would be to encourage more Rock Fans to visit.
Whatever the outcome of this campaign, we will be watching the developments unfold and give support to anyone who has been discriminated against.