the pantry side of things

elisa nazarian

portuguese brazilian
It's a book by William Trevor.

Someone is talking about a butler who used to drink and was fired and replaced. So it goes:

"It was indulgence in drink, on Mr Standleby's part, sir [...] As pleasant a disposition as you'd find, but drink was taken on the pantry side of things."

I know this is an English Forum. I don't need the translation, just the meaning, please.

Thank you.
  • Hildy1

    Senior Member
    English - US and Canada
    He drank supplies (wine, liquor) belonging to the house, rather than buying his own.
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