I’m the ‘strictest landlord’ in Britain – people say my list of rules is ridiculous – but here’s my message if you’re whining

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    Kevin Moran, 82, who runs The Nag's Head in west London, says he doesn't care if the 'bones' don't like his rules

    BRITAIN’S “strictest” landlord has banned players from using phones or even hanging up their coats.

    Kevin Moran, 82, who runs The Nag’s Head in west London, says he doesn’t care if “banheads” don’t like his rules.

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    Kevin Moran, 82, who runs The Nag’s Head in west London, says he doesn’t care if the ‘bones’ don’t like his rulesBy Ian Whittaker – News Group Newspapers Ltd
    Kevin forbids drinkers from using phones, throwing coats over chairs, cursing and even appearing drunk

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    Kevin forbids drinkers from using phones, throwing coats over chairs, cursing and even appearing drunkBy Ian Whittaker – News Group Newspapers Ltd

    The former commander has a simple message for the players: “If you don’t like it, don’t come here.”

    It is forbidden for drunks to use phones, throw their coats on chairs, swear and even appear drunk.

    If pub-goers break the rules written on signs in the beer hall and even on the front panel, they are warned and then kicked out.

    Former Scots Guardsman Kevin said he was concerned customers were talking on the phone to people who “didn’t bother to turn up” rather than the people they were there with.

    He told the Sun: “I was a miner in Durham aged 14 and we used to go to pubs and working men’s clubs where you weren’t interrupted by people on the phone.”

    He adds that phones can be an “invasion of privacy” for his clients, especially if photos are taken.

    There are exceptions: tourists are usually allowed to take pictures if they ask, but it’s up to Kevin whether he will let them.

    “I make the rules and I don’t need to give you a reason. These are my rules and my pub,” he said.

    He also insists that customers hang their jackets on pegs that are in “every corner” of the room to keep the little pub tidy and not take up space unnecessarily.

    For Kevin, all the rules boil down to one thing: “discipline”

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    Trained in the army during the Cold War in Germany and Scandinavia, he believes many of today’s players lack discipline.

    He said: “I think it’s ridiculous to turn up drunk… The discipline is worse today than when I went to the pub 50 years ago.”

    Another reason is to preserve the tradition of the “real English pub”, because, having traveled the world, he knows that “you won’t find them anywhere else”.

    He likes that The Nag’s Head is “still a pub”, unlike its chain-owned rivals.

    The customs officer said: “We are talking about independence. I think I did well to make it in central London.

    “You go to Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham and all the pubs are owned by the big companies, so you get the same thing… no one will tell you that you’re a bit ugly or that you’re a handsome uncle.”

    I make the rules and I don’t need to give you a reason. These are my rules and my pub

    Kevin Moran

    “They are [city pubs] they’re all controlled by the big breweries, and if you go to one of them, you’ve more or less gone to them all.”

    His main focus is to maintain a sense of community focused on the right area, which he believes is dying out in big cities.

    The pub hosts a free jazz night once a month and the sunken bar features 150-year-old taps and lots of war memorabilia.

    Kevin said the pub, which he will own for 40 years in November, is “a bit old school” and insists “I make the rules”.

    However, he insists he doesn’t follow all the rules and regulations – even allowing one drenched punter to sleep after drinking in one of the rooms above the pub.

    Bottom up

    TripAdvisor reviews are divided on Kevin’s approach.

    Some like the vintage spirit and unique style of the independent pub, while others find Kevin “rude” and complain about the overpriced beer.

    For those who think £6 a pint is too much, he is as blunt as ever: “Belgravia is expensive. Ask me how much the rent is.’

    Kevin admits his pub is “different” but believes that’s what makes it special in the age of chain pubs.

    It even comes down to things like food.

    Nag’s Head only offers sandwiches with a variety of toppings, and Kevin’s gastropubs are confusing.

    “I don’t understand why anyone goes to the pub for fish and chips,” he says.

    “If you want fish and chips you need to go to a good chip shop, there are one or two in London.”

    People don’t like it, he says, but “if they don’t like it, why should they dictate to the big companies?”.

    At 82 and 50 years in the pub, he’s confident things won’t change any time soon.

    He wraps up an interview to open a pub, smiling approvingly at the idea that Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” should be the soundtrack to his life.

    Kevin Moran has run The Nag's Head in Belgravia for 40 years

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    Kevin Moran has run The Nag’s Head in Belgravia for 40 yearsBy Ian Whittaker – News Group Newspapers Ltd

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/19970243/britains-strictest-landlord-nags-head/

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