Seven priests told to leave bar after stag do confusion

Reverend Robert James eventually posed for a picture with a pint of Cardiff-brewed Rev James at The City Arms pub in Cardiff

Seven trainee priests walk into a bar - and were asked to leave because staff thought they were on a stag do.

It may sound like the opening line of a corny joke, but the comical incident actually took place at the weekend after the seminarians went out to celebrate a colleague's ordination.

The holy men had gone in to The City Arms in Cardiff city centre - where pints include local brew Rev James - on Saturday.

But the group, who included Reverend Robert James, fell foul of a barman weary of potential 'high jinks' from groups of men on stag dos or wearing fancy dress.

Father Michael Doyle, a friend of the party who studied alongside them until his own recent ordination, said: 'On arrival, the bartender informed them that it was policy not to grant entry to fancy dress parties or stag 'dos'.

'The seminarians thought that this was a joke until it became clear that this was not the case and he was in fact serious.' 

The celebrating holy men (pictured) had gone in to The City Arms in Cardiff city centre - where pints include local brew Rev James

The celebrating holy men (pictured) had gone in to The City Arms in Cardiff city centre - where pints include local brew Rev James

On arrival, the bartender at the pub informed them that it was policy not to grant entry to fancy dress parties or stag dos. Pictured: The seven priests 

On arrival, the bartender at the pub informed them that it was policy not to grant entry to fancy dress parties or stag dos. Pictured: The seven priests 

He said the group 'insisted to no avail that they were students for the priesthood', with two having recently been ordained as deacons. 

But as they headed out of the door, an assistant manager approached to double-check their credentials.

In a statement released through Bridgend-based Fr Doyle, the trainee priests added: 'The gentlemen, who we assumed to be the manager, reassured us that he did accept who we claimed to be and subsequently invited us back in.

'By way of apology, he then very graciously provided us with a round of drinks, at which point the group decided to stay, provoking an outburst of applause from the locals casually enjoying a pint.' 

Fr Doyle said that Rev James had been accompanied by a Rev Nicholas Williams and two other Cardiff-based students: Elliot Hanson, a linguist and former English teacher entering his third year of formation and Dale Cutlan, a history graduate due to start his training for the priesthood next month.

The group fell foul of a barman at The City Arms (pictured) in Cardiff city centre weary of potential 'high jinks' from groups of men on stag dos or wearing fancy dress 

The group fell foul of a barman at The City Arms (pictured) in Cardiff

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