To save a table for my friends at the pub?

(47 Posts)
Cuppaand2biscuits Sun 30-Oct-16 20:55:12

Last night we went to a children's Halloween party at a local pub. I had arranged to meet several friends there so I made sure I got there early to claim us a table. While waiting for my friends to arrive several people tried to sit down with us and I asked them not to because I was waiting for my friends to join me.
People were not at all.happy with me and even one of the friends I saved a seat for said it was selfish as it should be first come first served.
AIBU?

IminaPickle Sun 30-Oct-16 20:55:57

Yep wink

microsnake Sun 30-Oct-16 20:56:22

yes

Lovelybangers Sun 30-Oct-16 20:56:54

Of course you can save a table.

YANBU

legotits Sun 30-Oct-16 20:57:11

Oh yes.

Very.

You need to buy a round.

Trifleorbust Sun 30-Oct-16 20:58:56

I don't think anyone should join you at your table without being invited, especially if you are waiting for friends. YANBU

ScarletOverkill Sun 30-Oct-16 20:59:13

You say you got there early so how long were you hogging the table for before they got there?

PikachuSayBoo Sun 30-Oct-16 21:01:39

So were people having to stand even though your friends weren't there?

I guess if they were five mins away then it's ok but not if they're half an hour away.

Cuppaand2biscuits Sun 30-Oct-16 21:02:10

It started at 6, I walked through the door at 5.55 pm. My friends arrived about 6.10pm because there was quite a queue by then because it was a ticket thing so tickets were being checked on the door.

Bagina Sun 30-Oct-16 21:02:27

You were sat there so it was your table. It's not like you left loads of coats on it and buggered off. Other people can ask if the seats are spare, but on this occasion they weren't. YWNBU.

legotits Sun 30-Oct-16 21:02:51

The clue is in the name.

Pub-public house
Your house-not public

Save seats at home or hire a room.

Cuppaand2biscuits Sun 30-Oct-16 21:03:17

My friends were in the queue and I did say that. Sorry, my friends will be joining me, they're just in the queue.

PikachuSayBoo Sun 30-Oct-16 21:04:08

Ok, so 15 mins and for ten mins they were outside in a queue. To be honest that sounds ok to me.

Celticlassie Sun 30-Oct-16 21:04:18

Absolutely fine. Fair enough if it had been an hour or so but you are well within your rights to save a table for 15 minutes or so.

Bagina Sun 30-Oct-16 21:04:43

You were fine. She could've been in the loo or at the bar.

Sirzy Sun 30-Oct-16 21:04:52

It depends, saving 3 or 4 spaces at a table is one thing, saving 8 spaces is wrong!

Hassled Sun 30-Oct-16 21:04:59

Oh for 15 minutes I think that's fair enough. I thought you were going to say you'd saved the table for an hour or so.

WaxingNinja Sun 30-Oct-16 21:05:35

Ticketed event.

Queueing to get in.

First in gets a seat, not first in gets to reserve a whole table and a bunch of seats.

YABU.

GladAllOver Sun 30-Oct-16 21:05:37

Next time, buy a round of drinks and put them round the table.

LineyReborn Sun 30-Oct-16 21:05:39

If they were in the queue to get in, fair enough.

ThePinkOcelot Sun 30-Oct-16 21:06:22

Sounds fine to me. I would have done the same.

usual Sun 30-Oct-16 21:06:51

Sounds ok to me.

Doesn't everyone save seats if you know your mates are coming?

Bagina Sun 30-Oct-16 21:10:21

Not much of a night with friends, sat at opposite ends of the pub...

Saving a table is normal.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Sun 30-Oct-16 21:12:04

YNBU. However neither were they. If someone stopped me from sitting down I'd give them that The
"Has it got your name on it " 'look'.
They don't understand that you're waiting for someone. All they see is some randomer barking out orders.
Perhaps it may be better to book and get the restaurant to reserve the tables for you next time

Sugarlightly Sun 30-Oct-16 21:12:21

Saving 1 or 2 seats is fine but it's pretty ridiculous for any more, especially when the place is busy.

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