At the University Arms, people form a linear, post office-style queue at the bar, rather than just nudging in where there’s a space and waiting for their turn. I don’t know whether this is down to the physical layout of the pub or the cerebral nature of the clientele. But it’s the only pub I can think of where this happens. What about you?
I used to work at a pub in Japan, where the service area was just two feet or so wide, so even when there were 3 or 4 people on the bar, customers had to wait in line for service. It worked pretty well, we got through orders without people complaining that they’d been waiting longer than the next man, or awkwardly trying to let someone else go first. Weird, though, that there’s less of this in pubs in Britain.
Surely it says a lot about the quality of the beer, food & service at the Pub if people are prepared to wait in the queue without any animosity within the ranks !