Published on December 8th, 2015 | by Alastair Gilmour


Hair’s the sharp end of charity

The Schooner (dubbed ‘the second-best pub in Gateshead by its owner Dave Campbell) held a Movember Madness charity day in aid of testicular and prostate cancer as well as other conditions that affect men in particular. People are encouraged to go unshaven for a month before whipping all their facial hair off, so barber Barry Whincup from Scott’s in Newcastle brought his chair to The Schooner to give participants an encounter with a very sharp razor.

It made us think that many pubs across the country double up as post offices and general stores – granted, it’s no groundbreaking development but it’s a trend that’s gathering pace as landlords seek to maximise their customer base. Another idea is to offer a short back and sides with your pints and shorts.

John Longden, chief executive of industry group Pub is the Hub, is a big fan of the idea. He says: “Two pubs which have recently introduced hairdressing include The Star Inn in Vogue, Cornwall, and The Glanyrafron Arms at Talgarreg, Ceredigion, Wales. Not only do the pubs benefit, but the hairdressers seem to enjoy better trade from their new surroundings.”

North East pubs that fit the bill? The Trimmers Arms in South Shields perhaps, or maybe The RockQuiff Arms in Whitley Bay, or The Beehive or… (stop it, that’s enough, Ed).

Other barber-ous pub names to


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