How did this one-pub story make it to BBC Scotland? Does it reveal something wider?
Staff at The Riverside Bar were told to close by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s environmental health team on Friday. It does not have a kitchen but bartender Anna Houston said they believed, like other pubs in the town, that they were permitted to sell alcoholic drinks outside. “At 16:00 on Friday the council came and closed us, and that was it – they gave us a letter saying ‘if you don’t have a kitchen, you can’t be open’,” she said.
The bartender said:
The whole situation was still “quite surreal”, she added. “We don’t know if we’re coming or going. Learning these rules are like trying to learn Mandarin.”
Are the rules like Mandarin?
Not so hard anymore with Google?
Could you just phone the Environmental Health team? Yes. Want the number?