A CASE of mistaken identity is enough to drive a Chester landlady to drink because she keeps getting phone calls and deliveries for a bar with a similar name.
Shirley Goodchilds, licensee of The Oddfellows Arms, says people get mixed up between her traditional pub in Frodsham Street and trendy bar and restaurant Oddfellows in Lower Bridge Street.
Only this week customers have been teasing her for supposedly disturbing the peace after The Chronicle reported how the other Oddfellows had received a complaint about noise.
Mrs Goodchilds said: “People have seen Oddfellows in the paper and say ‘You’ve been in trouble for making too much noise!’.”
And Mrs Goodchilds, who received a delivery of glasses for the other venue just a fortnight ago, describes the confusion as ‘a mither’.
“I get deliveries, boxes shoved down and I say ‘I don’t want it, it’s not mine, can you check the address?’.”
Mrs Goodchilds, who does not offer food, often has to redirect members of the public looking to eat.
“If you ask any of my staff they will tell you we get so many phone calls from people asking to book a table.”
She said others book a table at the Lower Bridge Street venue but turn up at her place.
“They come here thinking they have a table and I say you are at least five, six, seven minutes away from where you need to be.”
Mrs Goodchilds accepts Oddfellows, Lower Bridge Street, is entitled to call itself by that name because the building was called Oddfellows Hall.
But she added: “We get an awful lot of mix-ups and bookings for tables. It’s a nightmare, an absolute nightmare.”
Fortunately, mail appears to go to the right address and taxi drivers are in the know. What amuses Mrs Goodchilds is that the venues are so different. She runs a community pub selling drinks only, she runs quiz nights, has darts teams, karaoke and raises money for charity.
Izzy Grey, a director of Oddfellows in Lower Bridge Street, says she doesn’t experience problems.
Ms Grey said: “We don’t have anybody coming in here saying I should be in The Oddfellows Arms. We are like chalk and cheese.”
What both venues have in common is that they were originally connected with The Oddfellows Friendly Society which today has a branch in Saltney with about 1,000 members.