THE landlord of a Henley pub is trying to track down four customers who left without paying their £135 bill.
Jeremy Buckler, who runs the Anchor in Friday Street, says he is appalled by the deceit of the two couples, who visited during Henley Royal Regatta earlier this month.
He gave them some time to come forward in case they had forgotten to pay but after hearing nothing, he has published CCTV images of two of the culprits on social media in the hope someone will recognise them.
The quartet visited the pub on Friday, July 1, arriving shortly before 7.30pm, and sat at a table in the rear garden. The pub was packed with people. They had a two-course meal, two bottles of wine, four pints of lager and two pints of cider.
At about 9pm, they came back inside and then left shortly afterwards without being seen by staff until it was too late. Mr Buckler, who has run the Brakspear pub for three-and-a-half years, said he didn’t realise immediately that the foursome had failed to pay as another group of customers sat down at their table almost immediately after they’d left.
He said: “We didn’t notice it quickly because there were so many people in the place. I happened to walk past and the people who had just sat down said the woman before them had left her earrings.
“Later the woman in this group said she saw one of the blokes had been hurrying them up to leave. One of my waitresses said she was sure she had seen one of the guys before because he had quite a distinctive, big nose.
“I’m very annoyed because of the amount they ate and drank. It’s absolutely appalling to come to a little pub in Henley and rip it off.
“We work very hard over regatta and everybody is doing 12 hours a day yet someone else walks away with £135. It’s wrong.
“We left it a few days hoping someone would come forward and then decided to publish the pictures. If they had forgotten to pay they would have come back the next day but it was quite deliberate.”
Mr Buckler said he would report the fraud to the police.
All four suspects were aged about 40. Both men were wearing blue suits and had brown shoes. One of the women was wearing a distinctive orange jacket and had blonde hair.
Anyone with information can call the pub on (01491) 574753 or Thames Valley Police on 101.