Here at Urban Spirit, we work hard to create bar hire experiences that all can enjoy. Whether that be ensuring no-alcohol drink options or stocking an array of drinks from different areas of the world, our aim is to create all-inclusive bars that everyone can have a good time at.
However, a recent survey revealed that many bars and pubs are far from accommodating disabled people, with 86% of disabled people saying they face difficulties in pubs and bars.
Conducted by disability charity, Leonard Cheshire, the research calls into question the current industry’s set up, calling for more to be done to make hospitality establishments accessible to all.
Digging deeper into attitudes towards the disabled, one respondent told of how “it is socially unacceptable to ask for a seat” despite experiencing chronic pain.
Leonard Cheshire’s head of policy and campaigns, Husna Mortaza, said:
“Pubs, bars and the public who use them need to do much more to allow disabled people to go out and socialise in the same way as non-disabled people.
“Pubs are part of our national tradition and nobody should be made to feel like they are not welcome. This isn’t just about drinking; pubs are a great way to get out and avoid social isolation.
“Disabled people shouldn’t miss out, during the holiday season or any other time of year.
“If pubs and bars take note, they also stand a chance to cash in on the £249 billion that the disabled person market, also known as the ‘purple pound’ is worth.”
Contacting four of the largest pub chains in the country, Leonard Cheshire only received one reply from JD Weatherspoon’s. Already addressing such issues, they pressed focus on their “Changing Places” facilities.
“Our aim is to make each and every [disabled person] as welcome in our pubs as possible” a spokesperson said.
Let us know what you think. Is there more pubs and clubs can be doing to accommodate disabled people? We would love to know your thoughts.