The resultant video puts the critic firmly in his place with a few facts on the pub to countermand cavils from the columnist.
Pub Spy had visited the pub a decade ago and hadn’t been very complimentary then either so Gerald decided to set the record straight.
Rejecting criticisms of failure to refurbish or renovate the old floor – “The bare concrete floor is still visible” – from the newspaper, he pointed out that historical records indicate that the pub had originally been a 14th Century monastic site and that parts of the original floor remain to this day.
“You can’t learn taste,” he commented ruefully.
As the premises is a heritage-listed building Gerald has no plans to change the look of the pub – not that he would have done so anyway!
But turning “a negative into a positive” Gerald produced the video himself and the fruits of his labour can be seen here.
The pub is well-known for putting out an annual Christmas parody video in which everyone – bar staff and locals alike – play their Christmas part.