The two Liberal Democrats posed awkwardly pouring a pint as scores of waiting journalists were all barred from entering the pub and were left peering through the window.
At one point Mr Clegg’s special advisor came out into the rain to ask the photographers and journalists to stop banging on the window disrupting the photo opportunity.
During the staged event Mr Cable and Mr Clegg spent an hour talking to the pub owners and drinking a pint of ale as journalists and broadcast cameras stood in the rain filming through the window and were unable to ask any questions.
On the way in Mr Cable was asked why he had not told his leader Mr Clegg about damaging polls that were commissioned by his friend and ally Lord Oakeshott. He replied “eerm” and then entered the pub.
Asked whether he planned to confront his Business Secretary over the alleged coup Mr Clegg said: “We are just going to pop into the pub.”
No wonder their vote has collapsed if they show themselves to be that sort of booze weenies.