Stuart says summer isn’t always the best time for local pubs

CHEEKY HALF The Leopold Tavern's landlord Stuart Ainsworth enjoying a drink
CHEEKY HALF The Leopold Tavern's landlord Stuart Ainsworth enjoying a drink
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I don’t think there was a pub in Albert Road that was busy last weekend.

People are attracted to barbecues when the weather is good and they drink at home.

Beers are cheaper in the supermarket and it comes back to the fact that people only spend what is in their pockets.

If people want a nice barbecue, you can’t blame them.

The summer months is one of my quieter periods.

Quite a lot of the pubs down here are land-locked.

But don’t get me wrong, it’s nice seeing people out in good spirits.

People are also attracted to Southsea Bandstand, which is great, and it gets people out, but to the detriment of local businesses.

We do take less when things at the bandstand is on.

If people are drinking during the day, then they won’t all evening, and if they are then they shouldn’t be.

I won’t blame the council for it because the bandstand is great for the city and we need more of it.

People are doing different things.

People aren’t going to the pub week in, week out.

I know that Palmerston Road was very busy last weekend.

People are going back through places like that from the bandstand.

Fair play to them, especially at this time of year.

It’s not as busy here as people think.

I know some pubs down the road which say it’s been quiet when the sun comes out.

That’s the way it is.

I am always busier in the winter.

I am normally busiest from September through to the back end of May.

Months like January and February don’t affect me.