Open all hours…

Wow!  Summer has arrived with a bang and it’s a genuine delight to see some of our summer regulars as well as meeting some new faces who’ve found their way to our door.  Welcome to you one and all!

We’ve been getting loads of questions about our opening hours lately – specifically why we close at 9pm and how we could be so cruel as to throw guests out into the cold night air when there is still so much of the evening left to enjoy!  It’s not a limitation imposed by our licence but there are a few good reasons that I thought I’d explain quickly.

1.  This is the biggie really – we do it out of consideration for our neighbours.  Although it may not be obvious, there’s a B&B above us and a couple of holiday lets just across the road.  Even our chilled out cafe culture vibe creates a wee bit of noise so closing up at a reasonable hour feels like the thoughtful thing to do.

2. Something magical happens at 9pm.  Up until that point there’s a buzzy atmosphere, everyone’s on top form and very jolly.  The whole place feels very convivial and it’s almost like we’re hosting a private drinks party because you all muck in and get along so darned well.  I love it…we all love it…that’s the kind of place we want to be.  After 9pm is when people who’ve been with us for a lovely evening can start slithering down the dark slopes from tiddily to bit bladdered.  You’ll have to trust us on this – we’ve seen it all and at that time of the night we are definitely the best judges in the room!  It’s commercial madness I know – I should keep serving you until you think it’s a grand idea to go skinny dipping in the harbour – my boys could be in private school and I could finance some form of personal mid-life crisis.  But actually I think it’s more important that we don’t try to have too much of a good thing and that we preserve that lovely BinTwo vibe that we, and you too, seem to like.

3. There’s a natural fizzle at around 9pm.  Things often go a little quiet with some folk having had their pre-dinner drinks and headed off to their restaurant.  Families have corralled bleary-eyed, beach-exhausted children back to their holiday cottages.  Romantic young couples have drifted away gazing happily into each other’s eyes after an evening of whispering sweet nothings. Devotees of Strictly Come Dancing have charged home clutching a bottle of their favourite wine.  After the 9pm lull we see the arrival of well-fed, rosy-cheeked guests popping in for a final post-dinner drink…or two…and already merry people looking for somewhere to carry on their party.  I refer you back to point number 2.

4. We’re pooped!  We’ve been looking after you since 10am and, love you all though we do, great fun though you all are (genuinely!) we want to get home so that we can be well enough rested to welcome you back the next day.

So that’s it in a nutshell folks.  Bottom line is that the 9pm closing time is a matter of choice for us and we hope the rationale makes some sort of sense.  Now very, very, very occasionally the rationale doesn’t make sense when we’re trying to explain it to a disappointed customer at closing time.  We have seen the following strategies employed to try and coerce us into submission.

a.  Pleading “Pleeeease! We’ll be really quick.  We promise!”  Very occasionally effective and I nearly always regret it because you were fibbing weren’t you you naughty things.  You’ll be quick my eye!

b.  Disappointment “But we’ve come here especially.  We’ll be really quick.  We promise!”  I refer you to a. above (you’ll see a theme emerging here).

c.  Flattery “This place looks amazing.  It’s just what we’ve been looking for.  We’ve read great things about you on TripAdvisor.  We’ll be really quick.  We promise!”  You know where I’m going with this by now.

d.  Name dropping (sometimes combined with disappointment) “So and So recommended you”.  Nice try…but no.


e.  Outrage “Why are you closing!  You’re losing out on a fortune here!  I’d happily stay here drinking until midnight”.  I refer you to point 2. in our explanation of our opening hours above.  Thankfully this sort of aggressive refrain is very rare but it never works and it’s a pretty good indicator that we’re not the right sort of place for that kind of customer.

The first three strategies are worth a pop.  They’re not likely to work frankly but sometimes guests are quite amusing with the angles they employ and we all like a laugh.  I’ve found laughter often greases the wheels of commerce!