Chris Hyman’s wife, Margaret, managed to get home early from her job as a teacher in central England on Thursday, and that’s where she met three cousins who also had gone to visit her.
“They saw it drifting northward and left to go home,” she told Metro News. “Then, after nine hours, they called back and they said they were stuck.”
The three-day-old snowstorm has stranded the hotel group’s employees at the Queens Hotel in Bristol. It’s taking them two hours to walk 50 yards from the pub, which is on the other side of the river Avon from the hotel.
“This doesn’t happen in some parts of Bristol. It’s quite strange,” Hyman said.
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The hotel’s in-house bar is shut until Jan. 23.
“Nothing will be opened until there’s an escape route for the staff. They are trying to make it fit,” Hyman said.
“The staff did not have a car. They’ve been refused taxis because of the snow. The management are concerned for their own safety,” he said.
In response to a News24 request for a statement, a representative of B&Q, which owns the hotel, said the company sympathizes with the workers.
“We understand the frustration of employees who have no prospect of transport to get home and are making every effort to clear the roads so employees can travel home safely,” the representative said.
Meanwhile, the snow is making it impossible for the pub to receive deliveries, according to its Facebook page.