Pub landlord shreds reviewer for moan about Welsh speakers
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.”