Bar bosses sparked a bitter argument in a historic cathedral city after placing a “terrible” 12 foot high coffee mug next to the Victorian mansion.
Members of the family run pub The High Flyer near the center of pretty Ely, Cambs, put up the giant white mug to promote the opening of a coffee shop on its premises.
The large installation in the city’s nature reserve sparked an angry reaction from the locals, although the landlords dismissed it as a “storm in a teacup”.
Within hours of its establishment, the council’s planners said they had received complaints from members of the public and were now starting their own investigations.
Lifelong resident Helen Fuller, 65, said, “It’s strange. What’s the point of that? It’s a bit of a thorn in the side. “
Co-worker Jim, 60, agreed, “It’s horrific and a bit of a thorn in the side. It would help if they painted on it. Maybe someone inside whipped tea and coffee. “
A third, who refused to be named, said, “It looks like an eyesore. It doesn’t go with anything else and what should it be for?
Alban Massingham, marketing manager for The High Flyer, branded the controversy as “a storm in a teacup” and said no offense was intended.
“We didn’t know it would hurt. That was never our intention. “
She added that the cup was installed to advertise the pub’s upcoming coffee shop, which opens on July 22nd.
Alban said the pub would work with the council but insisted there were no plans to remove it as the mug is on private property.
She added that the mug was not ready and would soon be decorated by a local artist.
But East Cambridgeshire County Council said Friday it was investigating the “large property” following reports from local residents.