Pub land­lord shreds re­viewer for moan about Welsh speak­ers

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ALANDLORD has hit back at a TripAd­vi­sor re­viewer who com­plained cus­tomers were speak­ing Welsh in his pub.

Re­viewer Jon G left the scathing one-star re­view for The Ge­orge pub (also known as Y Sior) in Bethesda, on the site last week.

He claimed cus­tomers switched from speak­ing in English to Welsh when he walked into the pub with a group on friends. In the now-deleted post, Jon G said: “A group of us turned in af­ter a walk in the area. Straight away when we or­dered the lo­cals re­alised we were English and then started talk­ing in Welsh and laugh­ing. They then put the juke­box on re­ally loud, so much so we couldn’t hear our con­ver­sa­tion. We drank up and moved to the pub next door. So ba­si­cally, when the other 15 of our group turned up we spent the next few hours drink­ing and laugh­ing. So their loss re­ally. Won’t be go­ing back.”

In his re­sponse, land­lord Dewi Sion claimed Jon G had re­viewed the wrong pub. He wrote: “Can I say that I fully em­pathise with the dilemma that you felt with vis­it­ing the/a pub.

“I and a few of my friends have been vic­tims of this ex­act sce­nario on hol­i­day in Hun­gary, France, Spain and Ger­many.

“We were ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated by the fact that when we walked into the bar everyone started con­vers­ing in Hun­gar­ian, French, Span­ish and Ger­man in­stead of Welsh!

“This is not an un­com­mon oc­cur­rence, though, as an ac­quain­tance of mine who is from Amade­up­coun­try who is flu­ent in Amade­u­plan­guage once told me of his visit to Shrop­shire when he be­came in need of a beer. He was heart­bro­ken to hear everyone change their lan­guage from Amade­u­plan­guage to English! So, as you see, I do apol­o­gise for what hap­pened; but to be hon­est I do feel that you have been just a tiny bit judge­men­tal.”

Mr Sion con­tin­ued to mock the re­viewer and said he hopes he never vis­its the pub again.

“Hav­ing said this (be­cause I can’t stay mad), you are ob­vi­ously for­given be­cause you clearly had no idea where you were!,” he wrote. “This pub­lic house does not have a pub within a half a mile ra­dius to it, there­fore you could not have gone next door. No-one in this pub has any rec­ol­lec­tion of you be­ing here and quite frankly, with an at­ti­tude as yours I re­ally hope you never will.

“But how­ever, if you do come here again/for the first time please in­tro­duce your­self in what­ever lan­guage you choose so long you un­der­stand Welsh for ‘get out’ and ‘bigot’.”

Mr Sion told our sis­ter pa­per the Western Mail that this isn’t the first time he has en­coun­tered crit­i­cism for speak­ing in Welsh.

“I’m fed up with peo­ple com­ment­ing on the fact peo­ple speak Welsh,” he said. “But I also think he’s re­viewed the wrong pub. I don’t re­mem­ber a group that size and I’ve asked around and no­body else does ei­ther. Also, he made a comment about the juke­box, but ours wasn’t work­ing that week­end.”

Oth­ers also took to TripAd­vi­sor to crit­i­cise Jon G, with one per­son writ­ing: “The lo­cals don’t switch to speak­ing Welsh upon the ar­rival of non-Welsh speak­ers, they were al­ready speak­ing Welsh. It is the first lan­guage of the vil­lage and there­fore the pub. The lo­cals prob­a­bly wouldn’t have no­ticed the ar­rival of the pompous self-im­por­tant in­di­vid­ual. The re­view says more about the in­di­vid­ual than the pub it­self.”

An­other wrote: “It is a Welsh­s­peak­ing pub, how­ever tourists are wel­comed with open arms, and pretty much everyone speaks English.”

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