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Lycra 'bulges' banned at South Island pub

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/04/2016 Cleo Fraser

A north Canterbury pub owner has banned Lycra-clad punters from dining at his hotel as their bumps and bulges put people off their food.

Mike Saunders, owner of the Plough Hotel in Rangiora, north of Christchurch, changed his dress code policy this week after the pub began serving breakfast.

"No Lycra shorts I'm afraid," he told NZ Newswire on Friday from the old pub's dining room.

"It's sort of modern fashion and we just want to ensure people wear something a little looser that doesn't distract people from their lunch."

Mr Saunders, who bought the pub about a year ago, said locals had responded well as they mostly drove or walked to the pub.

Muddy boots and football attire have been given the thumbs up but the tight-fitting active wear was a city thing that wasn't welcome at this country pub, he said.

"(It's) just the tight fitting side of Lycra, the bumps and bulges, (that) we don't want everyone seeing," he said.

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