Mixed reaction to World Cup pub opening hours call

Dan Murphy from The Lighthorseman pub in Fulford Road,  welcomes the proposal to extend  opening hours for the game against Italy which kicks off at 11pm on June 14

Dan Murphy from The Lighthorseman pub in Fulford Road, welcomes the proposal to extend opening hours for the game against Italy which kicks off at 11pm on June 14

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YORK pub landlords have expressed mixed views on plans to extend opening hours for England’s World Cup match against Italy.

On Monday, David Cameron intervened and overruled the Home Office’s decision to refuse permission to extend opening hours for the match. He demanded a rethink on licensing for the fixture against Italy, which kicks off at 11pm on Saturday, June 14.

Wendy Hyde, of The Ainsty pub in Boroughbridge Road, said: “I would definitely welcome David Cameron’s intervention. Regulations are strangling business and even if you do it responsibly, they still stifle business.

“Extended opening hours could definitely make a difference. It could bring in an extra £2,000 which could really help cover all the costs including rent. They never make it easy for us and they never have done, so allowing us to stay open would definitely be welcome.”

Paul Gardner, of the Terrace in Fossgate, disagreed, saying he was swayed “towards the side of the police”.

He said: “It’s a York race day so people are going to make an all day event of it. If everywhere is open late I really do feel for the police, it will be a tough job for them.

“From a publican’s point of view only those that have been responsible and planned ahead should be able to open later. If pubs are forward planning and run a business properly they will be fine with this issue. We are a sports pub and have been able to do this for two or three years now.”

Dan Murphy, of The Lighthorseman in Fulford Road, said: “Yes, I do welcome the proposal to extend opening hours.

“It would have been nice if there could have been a blanket opening time for the World Cup. It just seems like a way to make money really with every venue having to apply for a temporary licence.

“It only happens once every four years so it would be a lot easier. It doesn’t really affect us as we are open until 1am anyway, but it would be better.”

Stuart Weston, of The Cross Keys in Tadcaster Road, said: “Not allowing pubs to extend their licence for the games is a bit daft really.

“People take time off work for it so it does seem a bit odd. With our licence it would only be an extra half an hour and in general it’s only an extra two hours, so it would make sense to allow pubs to stay open.”

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8:19am Wed 5 Feb 14

eeoodares says...

I could not imagine anything worse than being in a pub in town on a Saturday after the races to watch the TV with a load of drunk footie fans.

Not often I feel sorry for the Police, but that is going to be a long night!
I could not imagine anything worse than being in a pub in town on a Saturday after the races to watch the TV with a load of drunk footie fans. Not often I feel sorry for the Police, but that is going to be a long night! eeoodares
  • Score: 21

8:20am Wed 5 Feb 14

Wolf_Of_Walmgate says...

Dan should know, he used to run the White Horse on Bootham and it was great when he was there. Shame they don't do the Karaoke there anymore, was a brilliant night.
Dan should know, he used to run the White Horse on Bootham and it was great when he was there. Shame they don't do the Karaoke there anymore, was a brilliant night. Wolf_Of_Walmgate
  • Score: 8

8:26am Wed 5 Feb 14

hustler says...

Stuart Weston does not have The Fox on Holgate Road now; he's been at The Cross Keys on Tadcaster Road since last summer. (And is also going to be at the helm of another pub on the south side of the city very soon).
Stuart Weston does not have The Fox on Holgate Road now; he's been at The Cross Keys on Tadcaster Road since last summer. (And is also going to be at the helm of another pub on the south side of the city very soon). hustler
  • Score: 1

8:30am Wed 5 Feb 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

I'm not all that bothered about football or the world cup but nice to see Dan Murphy in the paper. Good guy and brilliant pub landlord.
I'm not all that bothered about football or the world cup but nice to see Dan Murphy in the paper. Good guy and brilliant pub landlord. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 7

8:46am Wed 5 Feb 14

bolero says...

A stay at home day.
A stay at home day. bolero
  • Score: 9

8:51am Wed 5 Feb 14

chelk says...

They are not forced to open but money will be the decider
They are not forced to open but money will be the decider chelk
  • Score: 3

10:06am Wed 5 Feb 14

oldgoat says...

And what happens when England get beaten 6-0 by some other country, on their way out of the first stage, like normal? Lots of frustrated fans rioting in the street at 2am? Hope not.....
And what happens when England get beaten 6-0 by some other country, on their way out of the first stage, like normal? Lots of frustrated fans rioting in the street at 2am? Hope not..... oldgoat
  • Score: 2

10:06am Wed 5 Feb 14

hustler says...

hustler wrote:
Stuart Weston does not have The Fox on Holgate Road now; he's been at The Cross Keys on Tadcaster Road since last summer. (And is also going to be at the helm of another pub on the south side of the city very soon).
My comment looks a bit irrelevant now, as the Press have now edited the original article.
[quote][p][bold]hustler[/bold] wrote: Stuart Weston does not have The Fox on Holgate Road now; he's been at The Cross Keys on Tadcaster Road since last summer. (And is also going to be at the helm of another pub on the south side of the city very soon).[/p][/quote]My comment looks a bit irrelevant now, as the Press have now edited the original article. hustler
  • Score: 4

6:45pm Wed 5 Feb 14

bloodaxe says...

Shtotally imposssble tenjoy watchin foobore wivout avnerdrink nmipinion. Infack sessenshall.
Shtotally imposssble tenjoy watchin foobore wivout avnerdrink nmipinion. Infack sessenshall. bloodaxe
  • Score: 0

6:48pm Wed 5 Feb 14

bloodaxe says...

Ah yes, David Cameron. Man of Principle. Iron resolve. Never knowingly turned.
Ah yes, David Cameron. Man of Principle. Iron resolve. Never knowingly turned. bloodaxe
  • Score: 1

8:53pm Wed 5 Feb 14

nearlyman says...

Its not as though pubs are already not open until that time on a saturday anyway ???
Its not as though pubs are already not open until that time on a saturday anyway ??? nearlyman
  • Score: 0

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