‘We should all raise our spirits and back our local pubs for the good of the trade’ – Fiona Phillips

What have you got planned for this weekend, I wonder? A nice walk or a drive? Lunch/dinner out, so that someone else can cook and clear up for a change? Visiting relatives? Maybe you’re celebrating a birthday.

Whatever you’re doing, may I suggest that you include a visit to your local pub at some point?

It’s a bit of a plea, this, for the common good of the pub trade, and to let patrons into the secret of how bloody hard it is to run a decent hostelry, never mind earn a decent living (as my husband and I found