Saturday 9 July 2011 11.03am
To be fair, they do put notices on the benches furthest from the pub asking customers not to use them so as not to annoy the neighbours.
However, in general, I agree that they could be more proactive in managing their customers (and playing music outside does seem OTT).
It seems bizarre that the council basically provided them with a nice outdoor drinking terrace for free, without imposing any conditions on use.
At The Brit, for example, they have a "no drinks outside after [a certain time in the evening -maybe 9pm?]" rule because it's in a residential area.
I generally like the Roebuck. It's becoming increasingly inconvenient trying to push a pram past the drinkers and tables blocking the pavement/piazza, though. And if I lived right next door, I'd be annoyed by the noise.
If they took some action and managed the problems, it could still be a decent pub.
...if you press it, they will come.