Problems in my local - SMB Wisdom required.
Went over my local on Friday night. Went okay until I left.. Heard sarky and extremely offensive remark about me and my best mate as I left once they thought I was out of earshot. I about turned, walked in and made it clear I heard the remark. I then left again. To make things worse, it was the landlord who made the remark. Silence after spoke volumes.
In retrospect I don't think I should have gone back in, as I may have made things worse.
However, I'm friendly with a few of the old regulars (my deceased dad's mates) and I want to stay in touch with them. Three approaches come to mind.
1) Completely withdraw my trade until an apology is forthcoming. That might not happen. There is somewhere else I can got with my best mate once a week.
2) Go over only when I know my dad's old muckers will be there.
3) Go back as though nothing has happened, but risk repeat incident if they think they can get away with it.
I've been a regular for years and part of me feels I shouldn't give way. However, another part of me is thinking withdrawing my trade partially or wholey will affect his trade, especially when I know the pub is at best operating on tight margins.
I was going to go over tonight after the Great North Run, but for the remark made the other night. I'd rather not repeat the remark (i.e. personal and without foundation).
I'm favouring 2). However, my local has always been somewhere I could go for a few pints on my own. I would lose that aspect with the 'alternative' place.