SimonRowberry, yes the bar is billed as the longest and on my first visit I was a little under whelmed as the ceiling seems very low giving a feeling of sitting in a box. However I agree the view is good.
Smoking…… Unless we ban it completely people need somewhere to smoke. As a never tried it non smoker I find that it doesn’t really bother me too much as most people are considerate to others and to walk through an ‘alley way’ by definition means you come out the otherside so are only subjected to unwanted smoke for a short time.
I actually find the smokers ban causes a litter problem which to me is far worse than the actual smoke, a lack of ash trays outside pubs,restaurants and public places could be addressed quite simply.
Yes in an ideal world it would be better for health if no one smoked ! But freedom to choose is just that freedom to choose.