Pub improves smoking area by adding walls, roof, toilets and bar

A PUB has revamped its smoking area by adding walls, a roof and a bar selling beer.

The Red Lion in Norwich made the changes in response to customer criticism that facilities for smokers were just an unspecified area broadly described as ‘outside’.

Landlord Wayne Hayes said: “This new smoking area has welcoming features like four walls, bathrooms, comfortable chairs and windows with a sticker from the Egon Ronay guide.

“We think our smoking customers might enjoy feeling more like valued patrons rather than a pack of scabby pariah dogs forced to linger around a drain.”

Smoker Tom Logan said: “It’s great to have the area refurbished a bit. The best bit is there’s even a machine that sells fags.”

Hayes added: “I’m thinking of building a shitty little patio out the back for people who want to vape.”