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Self service: could DIY beer taps in pubs catch on?

Posted at 4:00 pm, February 7, 2013 in Food & Drink

Self-service beer taps in the pub: avoid queues at the bar, drink as little (or as much) as you like, taste a little bit of everything on offer. It seems like a good idea, and in the recently refurbished Lazy Fox in Fulham there’s a whole wall of pour-your-own pumps, with beer electronically measured and paid for by volume. But in practice, it doesn’t flow quite so smoothly. What happens when you’re the first person of the evening to have a go, and your attempt at a pint ends up as a foamy mess costing over a tenner? This is what happened on our visit. The outcome: the undrinkable suds were taken off the bill, and to avoid further frustration we ordered a drink over the bar in the traditional manner. Don’t worry, barmen and barmaids of London – your role isn’t under threat yet. Euan Ferguson

For info, see thelazyfox.rpgpubs.com.

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