I have visited the Ship mamy times and had the fortune to be greeted by many lovely locals and bar staff. I hadn't had the (mis)pleasure to meet the licensee until Friday evening. I spent £50 on one round, with a group of professional friends (mainly primary school teachers [as I am] and staff). When I went to order a second round I was met by a hostile expression by a gentleman that later announced himself as the licensee. I ordered three drinks, asked the rest of the group what they would like and my drinks were begrudgingly placed in front of me. I was then told "It's a good job I'm not busy" (without a hint of humour). I smiled and said "It's a good job I'm a paying customer" at which point he told me that I was not and was made to leave. The onlooking locals were shocked at his hostile attitude towards me and many tried to reason with him. He looked at me with disdain and told me "I have the right to refuse anyone on any grounds I feel". Myself, my friends, customers (whom I do not know) and bar staff all openly expressed their disgust and apologies. I can only surmise that he didn't like the look of me as my actions were as amiable as they ever are. Being the only person of colour in the place, I can only further surmise that this may have been the basis of the proprietors instant prejudice towards me. What a shame, I like the venue and had heard good things about their menu. I will not spend another of my hard earned pounds there and suggest anybody who believes in 21st Century equality to do the same. in any event an individual with such an inhospitable temperament should not be in the hospitality industry
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