While we're talking about opening times I've just received the following which explains the philosophy behind our opening hours and most of the other micropubs' opening hours:
A pub chain executive was at the bar of a small micropub in Carnforth when the pub owner came out to greet him. Inside the bar were several regulars having a good time. The executive complimented the owner on his ale and the presentation of his pub and asked how long it took to open the pub
The bar owner replied, "only a little while."
The executive then asked why didn't he charge more for his ale and stay open longer?
The owner said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs.
The executive then asked, "but what do you do with the rest of your time?"
The owner said, "I sleep late, blog a little, play with my cats, take siestas with my wife, Julie, stroll into the village where I sip wine, and play guitar with my friends. I have a full and busy life."
The executive scoffed, "I have an MA from
and could help you. You should spend more time opening and with the
proceeds you can buy a bigger pub. With the proceeds from the bigger pub,
you could buy several pubs and open even longer and eventually you would have a
chain of pubs. You could then leave this small town and move to Oxford , where you can run
your expanding enterprise." London
The pub owner asked, "But, how long will this all take?"
To which the executive replied, "15 - 20 years."
"But what then?" Asked the owner.
The executive laughed and said, "That's the best part. When the time is right you would announce that you are becoming a public limited company and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions!"
"Millions - then what?"
The executive said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small town where you would sleep late, blog a little, play with your cats, take siestas with your wife, stroll to the town in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your friends."
(With apologies to the Mexican Fisherman)