‘Poncey’ bar immortalise scathing reviewer with permanent addition to the menu

What do you call the heady mixture of white wine, rosé, vodka, Bols Blue liqueur and gomme syrup?

Apart from perhaps “lethal” or even “vomit inducing”, this cocktail also goes by the name of “The Ponce’s Dungarees.”

Or at least is does at Bristol bar, The Old Butcher’s.

The inspiration behind the concoction?

One man’s scathing review of the watering hole.

Online critic, ‘Wayne S’ was left less than impressed by his experience at the bar, which is located in Bedminster.

Like many a disgruntled customer, Wayne S took to Tripadvisor to vent his spleen .

Here’s what he had to say.

According to The Bristol Post , Wayne ranted:

Among other things, ‘Wayne S’ objected to the glass sizes

“It’s an old butcher’s shop and it feels like it still is, bright white tiled walls, the furniture was uncomfortable wasn’t sure if it was supposed to be a bar or restaurant, to be honest it felt like neither, poncey 2/3 of a pint glasses for beer, what’s wrong with pints FFS?”

But Wayne’s real venom was reserved for the owner, Ben Gatt.

“The owner struts about in dungarees, and if he has the chance to check his reflection he damn well makes sure he does.

“Would I recommend it? Only to those who want to be soooo hip (like the owner thinks he is) that they want to watch the traffic go by in this rather grey and drab area of town.”

A bad review can take the wind out of your sails – and potentially be disastrous.

The review

The Old Butcher’s, however, decided that when life gives you lemons, make a peculiar sounding cocktail and name it honour of your critic’s unsavoury review.

It’s also worked a treat in terms of (good) publicity.

Writing on the bar’s Facebook page, the management team said: “Thank you to Wayne S for his recent review of our lovely non-bar/restaurant.

“Wayne’s inspiring words have won him a place on our menu; congratulations Wayne!

“We are therefore proud to introduce our new cocktail, for a limited time only, ‘The Ponce’s Dungarees’.

The Ponce’s Dungarees

“We hope to see you soon in our grey and drab area of town.”

And amused customers say the bar’s comical response has made them want to visit even more.

Amy Ruth wrote: “Best thing I’ve read all day! Definitely gonna pop in one day with my dungarees in solidarity, and get me a poncy cocktail.”

And Lindsay Wilkinson added: “Great advertising. Makes me want to visit now just to check.”

Looks like this is one nil to The Old Butcher’s.




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