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Pub far too busy for 100 diners

PUBLISHED: 14:40 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:04 25 August 2010

ITS OFFICIAL, we re in a recession. Yet with companies folding all around us, the Times Diary was surprised to hear that one big player in Kent hospitality was hardly thinking competitively.

ITS OFFICIAL, we're in a recession. Yet with companies folding all around us, the Times Diary was surprised to hear that one big player in Kent hospitality was hardly thinking competitively.

John McVeigh contacted the Times to reveal that the 'Furze Wurze' (actually called the Furze Wren) JD Wetherspoon pub in Bexley bizarrely turned down the chance to take a booking of 100 hungry punters.

The football fan was taking a large group of families down from the North East to watch their home team Marske United FC vs Vickers Crayford Dartford FC.

"After promising to ring me back, the management saw fit (After I had to chase them up) to tell me that 'It is a busy time' we cannot cope with your business," wrote Mr McVeigh.

"To help them out I had even asked them to e-mail food menus to me and I would then telephone orders to them prior to arrival to avoid a mad rush."

Tut tut. He continued: "I guarantee that if VCD had 100 supporters travelling up to the North East local establishments would be fighting for the business."

Maybe so, John. But we bet they'd get at least the name of the pub right.


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