Vicar spends too long in SA, g

Vicar spends too long in SA, gets bounced from UK bar for wearing sandals

A vicar, who spent 16 years preaching in South Africa, was refused entry to his local wine bar on Easter Sunday because he was wearing sandals.

Vicar spends too long in SA, g

The Reverend Andrew Dotchin, was celebrating the end of Lent when he was stopped from entering The Wine Bar in his local town of Ipswich.

The 58-year-old was “absomulutely gutted” when he was told that was being banned for wearing sandals.

“I think the man on the door was having a rough night,” he told reporters.

“He said it was on health and safety grounds because their drinks are in glass bottles, and one could break and hurt my toe.”

“I said ‘trust me I am a vicar’ and I was wearing the dog collar and everything – but he wouldn’t budge.”

The Facebook-savvy grandfather posted the following to Facebook:


Rev Dotchin, who lived and preached in South Africa for 16 years, headed off instead to Revolution bar in the Old Cattle Market.

“I wasn’t going to go in and tell everyone to go to hell or anything!”

He updated his Facebook to say:


His experience, which he labelled as “hilarious” did the rounds on social media and was subsequently picked up by the mainstream media.


Wine Bar manager Luke Parkerson defended the decision to bar Rev Dotchin.

He told the media: “Unfortunately it’s because we are a glass-led venue – a lot of venues in Ipswich use glass substitutes now.

“All it would take is someone to drop a glass on an exposed foot – that was our concern.

“It has happened once before and I am very aware of it and don’t want anyone to have it again.

“My door team dealt with it and it’s a shame I wasn’t able to have a word with the gentleman personally.”


Rev Dotchin has sworn to go back to The Wine Bar, sandals and all.

“I am infamous for only ever wearing sandals because I find socks devilish!

“I’ll go back there again and hopefully they’ll let me in next time,” he said.

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