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Workmen in the building. Moorings not being touched yet.

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...work on the moorings has been scheduled apparently. Can't do everything at once. Bit of patience needed...then we can support the new owners Smile

Farmer's moorings are sound so...no excuse once the pub is open again...  Cool Indifference  

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I have a lot of time for Rick and think he has done a wonderful job at Neatishead. I do think though he will have to change his model for both pubs. The business model is to only sell real ales and craft ales. Obviously they sell wines as well but Im talking on the beer front. I think this loses a lot of business and have suggested to him it would be a good idea to have one keg bitter say John Smiths and one keg lager say Carling. This is because we know of groups of people that wont go there because one person doesn't like real or craft ale. As the beers change regularly its sometimes difficult to find a beer you like as what you enjoyed last week is no longer available today. Yes you can try before you buy but at busy times this is not always easy.
If a party of six want to go to an Indian restaurant and one doesn't like Indian they can choose something from the English menu to get by. Last time I spoke to Rick he was adamant that he would not change his
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I do wish him every success though and will certainly be an imbiber there.

Its not the destination its the journey that matters

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I agree with Summer-Breeze. A standard Lager and a Bitter would be a good idea.  Myself and most of my friends only drink lager and plenty of it. I wish the new owner every success but I would not go to a pub that doesn't serve lager.  

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I'm another to agree with the last two sentiments, I usually drink the likes of john smiths or guiness and have found problems finding something I like in the white horse, the last two visits I have ended up on blackshore which I don't mind.
My local does a good few real ales and gets a few camra awards but he won't give a camra discount as it's the lager/guiness/smooth drinkers that keep him in a good living and it's not fair to give a discount to those that tend to nurse a half just to tick a box and moan about it being half a degree too warm/cold, and it's not a youngsters pub by any stretch.

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Here Here I only order lager at pubs too.

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Whereas I have some sympathy with the lager and John Smiths drinkers, I have to say that, as a business model, the White Horse seems to be working. It is always busy and vibrant and I suspect has a turnover that does not require them to cater for those additional requirements. They have selected their market and it seems to be working. Whether the same will work in the Lion remains to be seen.h

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For the Lager drinkers, the Samuel Smiths Lager served in the White Horse is excellent and will suit the tastes of the carlsberg/fosters/carling drinkers admirably.

My late father went to school not far from the Sam Smiths brewery and used to order a crate a fortnight specially from the Post Office in Neatishead when it was in what is now the Regency Guesthouse.  He'd have been delighted to find Sam Smiths on tap in his local!

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That's good to hear John.  I will have to give Samuel Smiths Lager a try.  I hope it's not too strong  Wink

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aha the old lager debate strikes again...

I will try to answer this to clear up some points...

we sell 4 lagers at the white horse

samuel smiths organic lager 5.0%
shepherd neame spitfire lager 4.0%
redwell steam lager 4.6%
meantime london lager 4.6%

all of these would be classed as premium products and score highly in class for lagers compared to more readily available products.
The issue i often have is that because people may have not heard of them they think they are not lager. The recent boom in people loving beers like peroni, estrella and czech beers is great but pubs charge a fortune for them on the basis they are 'premium' whereas all you are really paying for is the marketing behind it. The beer we have chosen doesnt rely on big budgets so i can sell them at a better price in comparison.

we did sell john smiths before our refurbishment but owing to the fact we sold so much cask ale there wasn't enough demand for it so we stopped. we will be selling a samuel smith dark mild at thurne when we open but smoothflow beer as a whole is in massive decline.
Guiness, the other swear word in my house! we tried to sell it again initially but it kept going out of date before being sold, we changed to adnams blackshore stout and now sell 3 kegs a week. This is another product that pubs seem to think they can charge over 4 pound a pint when it doesn't cost that much to buy in.

our business model for drink is very similar to our food, we aim to offer something different that you cannot get in the shops so cheap. there is no point me selling fosters at 3/4 quid a pint when you can buy it in the supermarkets at 50p a can.

human nature is to stick to what you know but we like to embrace variety and support english and artisan producers.

i cannot please everyone and for each customer who loves what we do there is one who wants a guiness, chicken nuggets for their kids, carvery and a fruit shoot but there is so many places on the broads that already do that so i offer something different.

hope that explains what we do, rick

www.thewhitehorseinnneatishead.co
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