Sam Smith’s boss spotted staring at a mobile in a Wetherspoon’s – despite BANNING phones in his pubs

He is the ultra-traditional – indeed some would say Victorian – brewery boss who has notoriously banned mobiles at his pubs.

But it seems Samuel Smith’s owner Humphrey Smith has found a cunning way to get around his own rules – by popping into a Wetherspoon’s to check his phone.

The seldom-photographed brewer was spotted in the rival chain in Heywood, near Manchester.

Samuel Smith¿s owner Humphrey Smith has found a cunning way to get around his own rule of no phones in the pub ¿ by popping into a Wetherspoon¿s to check his

Samuel Smith¿s owner Humphrey Smith has found a cunning way to get around his own rule of no phones in the pub ¿ by popping into a Wetherspoon¿s to check his

Samuel Smith’s owner Humphrey Smith has found a cunning way to get around his own rule of no phones in the pub – by popping into a Wetherspoon’s to check his

The seldom-photographed brewer was spotted in the rival chain watering hole in Heywood, near Manchester

The seldom-photographed brewer was spotted in the rival chain watering hole in Heywood, near Manchester

The seldom-photographed brewer was spotted in the rival chain watering hole in Heywood, near Manchester

Famously eccentric and secretive Mr Smith is renowned for turning up at his pubs unannounced in a chauffeur-driven car to check managers are maintaining standards.

So the picture of him apparently glued to a mobile phone has understandably riled those who have felt his wrath.

‘It looks like it’s one rule for him and one rule for his customers,’ said a former Samuel Smith’s pub manager who didn’t want to be named.

Mr Smith’s strict rules are said to be a defence of the art of genial pub conversation.

¿It looks like it¿s one rule for him and one rule for his customers,¿ said a former Samuel Smith¿s pub manager who didn¿t want to be named

¿It looks like it¿s one rule for him and one rule for his customers,¿ said a former Samuel Smith¿s pub manager who didn¿t want to be named

 ‘It looks like it’s one rule for him and one rule for his customers,’ said a former Samuel Smith’s pub manager who didn’t want to be named

The 74-year-old began enforcing the rule across its establishments in March 2019, and insisted that pub-goers will have to leave its premises to take a call

The 74-year-old began enforcing the rule across its establishments in March 2019, and insisted that pub-goers will have to leave its premises to take a call

The 74-year-old began enforcing the rule across its establishments in March 2019, and insisted that pub-goers will have to leave its premises to take a call 

The 74-year-old began enforcing the rule across its establishments in March 2019, and insisted that pub-goers will have to leave its premises to take a call.

In a memo sent out to his managers, Mr Smith described how the ‘brewery’s policy is not to allow customers mobile phones, laptops or similar inside out pubs’. 

The memo, first reported by the Manchester Evening News, read: ‘The brewery’s policy is not to allow customers to use mobile phones, laptops or similar inside our pubs.

‘If a customer receives a call then he or she should go outside to take it in the same way as is required with smoking.

Famously eccentric and secretive Mr Smith is renowned for turning up at his pubs unannounced in a chauffeur-driven car to check managers are maintaining standards

Famously eccentric and secretive Mr Smith is renowned for turning up at his pubs unannounced in a chauffeur-driven car to check managers are maintaining standards

Famously eccentric and secretive Mr Smith is renowned for turning up at his pubs unannounced in a chauffeur-driven car to check managers are maintaining standards 

‘Whether outside or inside, tablets and iPads must be prohibited. Customers must not be allowed to receive transmitted pictures of sport or downloads music apps on the brewery’s premises either inside or outside.

‘The brewery’s policy is that out pubs are for social conversation person to person.’

In another crackdown at the chain – which has 200 pubs – targeted swearing. TVs and jukeboxes are also outlawed at most locations. And even motorcyclists were reportedly dismissed as ‘undesirable’ at one pub.

The businessman’s ancestor Samuel Smith founded the brewery in Tadcaster, Yorkshire, in 1758. Calls for comment from the chain received no response.

In another crackdown at the chain ¿ which has 200 pubs ¿ targeted swearing. TVs and jukeboxes are also outlawed at most locations. And even motorcyclists were reportedly dismissed as ¿undesirable¿ at one pub. Pictured: The Fitzroy Tavern Pub

In another crackdown at the chain ¿ which has 200 pubs ¿ targeted swearing. TVs and jukeboxes are also outlawed at most locations. And even motorcyclists were reportedly dismissed as ¿undesirable¿ at one pub. Pictured: The Fitzroy Tavern Pub

In another crackdown at the chain – which has 200 pubs – targeted swearing. TVs and jukeboxes are also outlawed at most locations. And even motorcyclists were reportedly dismissed as ‘undesirable’ at one pub. Pictured: The Fitzroy Tavern Pub

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