I noticed the furniture had gone but thought they'd put it in due to end of summer etc - didn't see the sign. Bit of a shame as it didn't cause any problems - we live opposite in Devon Mansions and it's never really noisy or a problem and is a nice place to have a pint.
Apparently they didn't have the correct authority from the council. They were happy to pay the required fee but have been told they can't use the furniture until they actually receive the certificate which could take weeks & weeks. They are requesting that people drop a line to Simon Hughes to get it sorted out. In the meantime there will be no sitting outside in the sunshine !
Gosh - height of bureaucracy, isn't it? As long as I've known them to be there I haven't heard any issue about the pub - surely the council could have fast-tracked a provisional license given their (apparently) excellent track record.
You're right about the sunshine (especially going into the weeks leading up to winter) - are the council punishing the pub... Or us, their customers?