Devon pub owner rants about Brexit, fuel and housing crisis

A room cancellation due to the fuel crisis was the last straw for pub owners in Devon who said they have been affected by the consequences of Brexit, the pingdemic and house prices every day.

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Charlotte Becquart www.devonlive.com

The owners of the Bull Inn in Totnes decided to post a rant on their pub’s social media after the fuel shortage England has been experiencing because of people panic buying prevented guests from enjoying a weekend stay in the Devon pub.

They said it’s another blow for the pub which has been hit by alcohol and staff shortage for a while due to a range of issues currently affecting the country.

They wrote: “We have a cancellation! Due to fuel! – See RANT below – Can you ruddy believe! Anyway Room 4, a gorgeous super king room, with a bath, is now free for this weekend, until Monday. If it sells via Insta I’ll give the booker/bookee/bookster (I think they are actually called a guest!) a complimentary meal for two, which I reckon is what it would cost for fuel from here to London/midlands/ maybe even Manchester! And if you come on the train I’ll add a bottle of fizz.

“Now the rant. This post is in part an opportunity to dig at the government and the media for creating chaos through a) the shortage of workers and b) stirring up bloody hysteria. I mean seriously, this is one tiny inconsequential impact, rooms chop and change all the time but when all the impacts on our business seem to have be created or mismanaged into existence and exasperated by the bunch of donkeys we’ve got governing us it becomes infuriating and depressing.

“Every day of the week we are dealing with something directly connected to this sh*t show, whether it’s booze not turning up (no drivers/deliveries slowed at border) staff off ad infinitum (pingdemic/baffling ever changing guidelines = endless risk assessments/rota changes) to staff shortages (Brexit/ house or rental prices meaning you can’t afford to live where they bloody live!). Oh, I could go on, but I won’t, not now but me and Geetie are determined to start being more vocal about all the things that matter to us, as we all should. “

Pubs and the hospitality industry have been hit hard since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

They had to deal with successive lockdowns and restrictions, the pingdemic which saw staff having to self-isolate countless times, and supply issues due to slower border controls and a shortage of drivers linked to Brexit.

Now pubs are also impacted by the fuel crisis. From Monday, military drivers will be deployed to deliver fuel to forecourts as the crisis at the pumps continues.

Almost 200 military personnel – including 100 drivers – have been undertaking training at haulier sites and will start deliveries to help relieve the situation at petrol stations, which ministers insist is stabilising, PA reports.

The Government also announced that a temporary visa scheme for nearly 5,000 foreign food haulage drivers that was due to expire on December 24 will now be extended to the end of February.

The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) – representing independent filling stations – warned queues at forecourts were set to continue unless fuel supplies increased, and said the independents had been particularly hard hit.

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