Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thorley Thumb Mithtake?

Mooching through the latest edition of the Morning Advertiser (Officially The Pub Trade's Favourite), I came across a lengthy profile of Phil Thorley, our Frank's No 1 son.

The article ranges from Phil's views on Ramsgate ('You're going to think you're in Monaco', another line nabbed from yours truly!) to his views on Our Gordon Master ('The government is pathetic. It’s like the Licensing Act. They didn’t consult us about that. They just told us what they were going to do.')

Then there's this gem on customers: 'The good, the bad and the ugly - they’re the people you’ve got to know.' Hmm. Well I know what you mean Phil. There are certainly one or two Thorley Taverns round here where I just can't seem to get the music from the Star Wars bar out of my head whenever I walk in!

Click here to read full profile in the Morning Advertiser


MAC said...

Sorry ECR - I coined the Monaco comparator long before your metropolitan feet started itching for the green grass of this sceptic isle. As to Star Wars - see the Urban Dictionary!

Anonymous said...

Too many nights spent at the Captain Digby in my youth. That place used to heave on a Saturday night but then it moved the pool tables and DJ booth out and filled it with an indoor adventure area for 5 year olds. I don't know whether the clientelle fell off and they changed or whether they changed and the clientelle fell off.....though its busy on a Sunday.

Anonymous said...

Kidentell in the pubs and its us Joe public that have to deal with the aftermath? lets look at the list.

1. Tax payer pays to pick up pub and late night take away detritus.

2 Public lose right of way due to pub furniture.

3 Public get cars ruined by pub thugees.

The list is endless and its about time TDC sorted the major pub chains out.

Anonymous said...

Typical trade journal puff. There's rarely any critical comment in these trade journals so let's take it all with a pinch of sea salt.

Mind you, I haven't been in a Thorley since I was accused of lying when I complained about poor service and cold, should have been hot, food and that was some years ago.

Anonymous said...

Anon 6.33 - the pub and brewing industry generate many billions more revenue for the country than they spend. Be grateful to them or the tax payer will be picking up a far larger tab.

Richard Eastcliff said...

There's no chance of enjoying a tab in a pub since they banned smoking! 50 pubs a week going out of business. Whatever you think of him, you have to hand it to Frank for persevering.

The article says he's currently investing in HD tellies in his pubs to cash in on 3D sports coverage. And it confirms my recent story that he's planning a gastro pub opposite the Turnip.

97 and still innovating!

Anonymous said...

yes he is planning the pub opposite the turnip...but in his words he said ' it will not open until the Turner Centre is ready...we don't want the locals going in and messing it up!' those be the locals in the wig and pen around the corner then, another of his pubs that really needs a bit of gentrification.

Richard Eastcliff said...

Oh and MAC, I'm sure I wasn't the first to coin the term! I was, however, the first to use it ironically!

MAC said...

Sorry again ECR - irony and cynicism are not an invention or a monopoly of the orient. Up here from our palais on la falaise occidentale we have had our langues dans nos joues for many a long year when gazing down on the glittering superyachts and the casino. Plus ca change..

Richard Eastcliff said...

Alright already! I was the first to use it on the internet! Times a million and no returns!