We have been written up by many national publications, here are a few quotes from them.
The Wall Street Journal
Cameron’s Restaurant and Inn, a British style B & B in Half Moon Bay, California has found a fitting way around the smoking ban. Owner Cameron Palmer has bought a double decker bus, put some tables on board and parked it on the inns patio…
The San Francisco Examiner
Cameron Palmer of Cameron’s Restaurant and Inn bought a 1966 English double decker bus, parked it next to the restaurant…..Customers can buy their drinks inside the restaurant and carry them out to the bus…..
The San Mateo Times
On most buses smoking is not permitted, on this one it is encouraged. We are a fun place . We have a lot of activities. We thought this would be a special experience rather than being stuck in a room puffing away.
The San Jose Mercury News
The coastside Brits who haunt Cameron’s are just grateful to have a sociable place to light up.
Among the creative is the bright double decker bus. Smokers pick up their drink at the bar and retreat to the bus to puff away. our Motto is “bus your own bus”.
The Independant of London England
Harassed smokers in Half Moon Bay, one of the most popular surfing spots in north California, have been offered a refuge – a red British double-decker bus. California banned smoking in bars on 1st January. Some landlords opened smoking patios and decks, amid yowls of protest about the nanny state.
Fulfilling a long held dream, he bought a 1966 Bristol bus and parked it on his property. The way the law is written, there can be no smoking inside an enclosed area, and no work force allowed to endure the dangers of second-hand smoke.
But there was apparently nothing to stop patrons strolling across to the vehicle, beer and cigarette in hand. For those who have ever endured the stale smoke and butt-laden top floor of a London bus, this is less than a fantasy. But Cameron pulled out every other seat and made tables, carpeted the bus, and put in TV and stereo.”It’s really quite comfortable in there now, on both levels, and it’s working out fabulously,” he said.
The pub seats about 100, and serves British beer. Cameron, the son of a Newcastle native, also has several British regulars, among them Richard Aloum, from London, who runs a chain of local resteraunts.”Quite often the party from the bar transfers into the bus, depending on the people that are out there,” said Mr. Aloum. “It’s not somewhere where you are a social pariah if you’re sitting outside.”Once in a while, he reported, the evening ends in a nostalgic trip to the local curry house.
By Tim Cornwell in Los Angeles
A big thank you to Derek Brown of England for sending us this Article!