Wine bar turns away no socks vicar

Published: 10th April 2015

Wine bar turns away no socks vicar

A wine bar has turned away a vicar for wearing sandals.

Rev Andrew Dotchin's hopes of ending his Easter Sunday celebrations at Ipswich-based The Wine Bar were dashed by a doorman.

Rev Dotchin only ever wears sandals with no socks - even in winter. But the doorman told him "no flip-flops", explaining that the bar's safety-first policy forbids such footwear on busy evenings after one customer suffered glass cuts to his foot.

The 59-year-old vicar said he had been celebrating Christ's rising with three-to-four pints after conducting six Easter Sunday church services.

He had limited himself to a pint each day over Lent and attended an Ipswich beer festival together with friends and his brother. Then he attempted to have one final drink in the wine bar.

The clergyman told the doorman to trust him because he was a vicar, to no avail.

Real ale connoisseur Rev Dotchin, who joked that no pictures of heaven ever contain socks, vowed to return, however.

He said the bar does "great mojitos" - a cocktail comprising white rum, lime juice, sparkling water, mint and sugar.

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