Remote Work

The Local Pub: A New Place To Work (& Hide From Zombies)

Lisa Ardill

Content Editor at Workvivo

11 Nov 2022

With WFP on the rise, the Winchester Tavern might just be the perfect place to sit down and make a dent in your to-do list – especially if sheltering during a zombie apocalypse is on it.

Just when you thought you’d escaped the growing list of work-related acronyms, we’re sorry to say the list is still growing. Its latest addition is WFP (Work From Pub).

A recent article in The Guardian highlighted the ongoing migration of workers from their homes to the pub. (So blame them for the new acronym, not us… )

“Across the UK, watercooler chat is giving way to bar banter as laptop workers migrate into their local boozers,” the article says.

The shift isn’t because employees want to sip at a pint while they work – though no judgement from us if that’s your prerogative!

And thankfully, it’s not because they’re a Crouch End electronics salesperson seeking refuge from the living dead inside their local pub, the Winchester, like in Shaun of the Dead (2004).

In reality, it’s a growing trend because of rising energy costs, which are pushing people to find places to work outside of their homes, and pubs to find new ways to pay their bills.

“Let’s go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all this to blow over”

– Shaun ( …of the Dead)

In fact, pubs in the UK are even offering WFP deals. Brewhouse and Kitchen, for example, has opened up a ‘workspace option’ that costs £10 a day. It includes WiFi, quiet spots, power sockets, unlimited hot and cold drinks, and printing. 

The deal doesn’t mention any further costs around protection during a zombie outbreak, but at least you won’t get kicked out for occupying a table all day and buying the cheapest thing on the menu to appease the owners.

Keep an eye out for WFP deals in your area and you might save some money this winter. For the best value possible, I recommend looking for places that also have reinforced locks on the doors – you never know when a zombie apocalypse might kick off.

And for goodness’ sake, learn from Ed’s mistake and leave the fruit machine alone. Sláinte!

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