The Horse Shoe bar in Drury Street has withdrawn pies from its menu on the instruction of its owners Mitchells and Butlers.This is cultural vandalism. Like everywhere else in Britain, Glasgow already has plenty of pubs aimed at pleasing that so-called "wider customer base". The Horse Shoe Bar is world famous and well patronised precisely because it's not one of those damned plastic pubs that are full of plastic people who drink fancy water and whose idea of a square meal is a couple of lettuce leaves. Actually, I suspect that M&B are running scared of the health fascists on Glasgow Council and in the Scottish Parliament and wanted to implement their miserable new menu before it becomes compulsory. Anyway, if you want a "wider customer base" shouldn't they be serving more pies?
Bar owners are hoping "to broaden the pub's appeal to a wider customer base".
At least the customers are fighting back:
David Hunter, a Horseshoe regular, has launched an online vote asking punters to support his campaign to return pies to the menu.It's at times like this that I wish I had enough money to buy Mitchells and Butlers and fire the idiots who made this decision.
His website says the pie has been a tradional (no BBC spellchecker?) snack with thousands of patrons.
"It's the natural choice with a pint," it adds.
I note that the people agree with me.