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The Red Lion shunned the various drinks over allegations of the brands “dubious history or practices.” In what appears to be yet another example of political correctness taken to the extreme, the venue cited reasons for the ban of each particular beverage.
Popular cider brand Thatcher’s saw its stock removed from the bar over allegations to ties with slave trader Edward Colston.
Global soft drink giant, Coca-Cola saw its name removed from the menu over allegations the company misuses water resources in third world countries.
Beer and spirit favourites Heineken and Bacardi saw their brands discontinued over unethical practices in Africa and historic illegal attacks in Cuba respectively.
The Bristol boozer also banned Polish beer Tyskie over the parent company of the brand being linked to anti-LGBTQ sentiments.
The move by the pub saw a huge reaction on social media.
Lemmy, the pub’s landlord, is upset about how people have responded to their decision, which was “made purely on their ethics.”
He said: “A lot of the reasons we’ve taken before in what we choose what to stock and what not to is because of land use, water use, worker’s rights – to name just a few.
“We don’t serve Coca-Cola because they have a history of seriously bad use of water in third world countries, that not a lot of people know about.
“We have been labelled ‘woke’ and all these weaponised words – which have made us feel pretty vulnerable.
“When we have taken the stance which we believe is ethical – we do not want to be made some kind of target.
“This whole thing with Thatcher’s has veered into politics because of the Colston thing.
“Part of it is because we publicly supported the Colston Four – one of them actually drinks in our pub – but that’s only a part of it.
“We actually stopped selling Thatcher’s during the pandemic, and haven’t had it on draft since, only cans.
“Thatcher’s did a really good job of bringing decent cider to the masses but that product is not the same product it was back then – it’s no fault of theirs.
“Like any product when you’re making millions of gallons, the product quality is bound to go down.
“Then when the Merchant Venturers thing came up, it was the final straw – and it would have been hypocritical of us to continue selling it after supporting the Colston Four.
“People prefer the other ciders we sell anyway!”
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Anti-slavery group Countering Colston earlier this month called on a boycott of the Thatcher’s brand, claiming company director Martin Thatcher is a member of the Merchant Venturers.
The society has long been criticised for its historical links to the slave trade and Edward Colston.
However, in a Facebook post last week, the pub criticised the Merchant Venturers and confirmed that it would not be buying any more Thatcher’s cider and “when it’s gone it’s gone for good”.
Lemmy said: “We haven’t jumped on a bandwagon here – it is part of who we all are and who we have always been.
“We really didn’t expect this and don’t see it as something that should be shouted about.”
Claire Horare commented on Facebook: “Embarrassment. Never going in that pub then.
“This pub is everything that is wrong in modern-day society.”
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Carly Frost wrote: …..and in the meantime this country is being dragged to the bottom of the barrel and rapidly becoming a third world country thanks to all the anarchists and wokie protesters that can’t let things go that happened back in 1673 and 1689!!!!
Jackie Haining Ƨtrange said: ”Absolute snowflakes!!!”
Robert Jones said: ”What next stop buying cotton wheat barely slaves were used throughout history that can’t be changed but we can change the present let’s just move on already”
Andy Gainey said: ”Landlords of Bristol pub are clearly idiots.”
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