Since I have been described as ‘out of touch’ by a Journal reader, I would appreciate a chance to respond.
J. I. Wade writes: “To say this pub (The Roplsey Fox) cannot work is ridiculous.” This implies that I had said that in my earlier letter. On the contrary, I opened by stating how much I had regularly enjoyed my visits there since 1984. However, fast-forward to 2014 and we have a different situation. J. I. Wade’s advice to would-be landlords is interesting, especially since prior to its closure, the Fox indeed offered exactly the suggested excellent selection of beers, including real ales, plus a splendid, affordable menu. The JD Wetherspoon pub chain is cited as an example of success, so has J. I. Wade spoke to Tim Martin (Wetherspoon chairman) with a view to them taking over the Ropsley Fox? More significantly, J. Wade’s suggested criteria for a successful pub failed to include the most crucial criterion of all (for any business) – loyal customers. How ‘out of touch’ is that?