Pub branded ‘Britain’s wokest’ refuses to sell Thatchers, Coke, Heineken and Bacardi


Britain's wokest pub
The Red Lion in Bristol said it would be hypocritical to continue serving drinks they don’t consider ethical (Picture: BPM/SWNS)

A pub has been labelled ‘Britain’s wokest bar’ by critics for refusing to sell ­Thatchers cider, Coke, Heineken and Bacardi for ethical reasons.

Bosses at The Red Lion in Bristol said it would be ‘hypocritical’ to continue serving Thatchers because of the company’s membership of a society with links to slave trader Edward Colston.

They add that Coca-Cola, Heineken and Bacardi have also been accused of ­unethical practices in parts of the world.

Meanwhile, the pub won’t be stocking Polish lager Tyskie after its owner was linked to an anti-LGBTQ+ movement.

Their stance sparked a backlash on social media, where Facebook user Carly Frost labelled the pub’s staff ‘wokie protesters who won’t let things go’.

The word ‘woke’ is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as ‘originally: well-informed, up-to-date. Now chiefly: alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice’.

But it has often been used to criticise people as being performative, insincere social consciousness, or having inherent weakness in recent years.

Landlord Lemmy has insisted: ‘We have taken what we consider to be an ethical stance — it’s part of who we all are.

GV of the Red Lion pub on Whitehall Road, Bristol, February 16 2022 See SWNS story SWBRpub. A boozer has been branded 'Britain's wokest pub' for refusing to sell Coke, Heineken, Polish lager, Thatchers or Bacardi - for ethical reasons. The Red Lion in Bristol has revealed a list of drinks it won't serve for the company's dubious history or practices. It doesn't sell Thatcher's because its makers have apparent links to Edward Colston and slavery. They say Coca-Cola has a history of the misuse of water in third world countries.
For landlord Lemmy: ‘We have been labelled “woke” and all these weaponised words, which have made us feel pretty vulnerable’ (Picture: SWNS)
GV of the Red Lion pub on Whitehall Road, Bristol, February 16 2022 See SWNS story SWBRpub. A boozer has been branded 'Britain's wokest pub' for refusing to sell Coke, Heineken, Polish lager, Thatchers or Bacardi - for ethical reasons. The Red Lion in Bristol has revealed a list of drinks it won't serve for the company's dubious history or practices. It doesn't sell Thatcher's because its makers have apparent links to Edward Colston and slavery. They say Coca-Cola has a history of the misuse of water in third world countries.
Claire Horare commented on Facebook: ‘This pub is everything that is wrong in the modern day society’ (Picture: SWNS)

‘We have been labelled “woke” and all these weaponised words, which have made us feel pretty vulnerable.’

Activist group Countering Colston caused controversy last week when it urged the public to boycott Thatchers because of the link to the Bristol ­merchant, whose statue was torn down in 2020. Last month four protesters were acquitted of all charges.

Lemmy said: ‘We publicly supported the Colston Four — one of them actually drinks in our pub — but that’s only part of it. People prefer the other ciders we sell anyway!’

Claire Horare commented on Facebook: ‘This pub is everything that is wrong in the modern day society.’

But other disagreed, with Red Lion regular Phil saying: ‘I’m absolutely fine about their decision. There’s plenty of other drinks that are made by people that share your values.’

Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at webnews@metro.co.uk.

For more stories like this, check our news page.

Bristol – Metro