ALE Spring 1998 No. 290

Pub News

The County Arms, Castle Hill, has undergone a classy refurbishment. The main bar retains the best features of its previous guise (open fireplaces, wall panelling) but supplemented by an attractive colour scheme and some new features like the smart gantry over the bar. The somewhat neglected back bar area has been upgraded and extended and includes a separate alcove for darts as well as additional seating space. Those of us who recall the pub when it had three separate rooms still regret the original opening-out though. Real ales are Everards Beacon, Tiger and Old Original and Adnams Bitter, all served on tight sparkler.

Beer Barns Multiply

Bass are seeking planning consent to convert The Belfast Linen shop in St. Andrews Street into an All Bar One. This chain already has a number of outlets in London, Birmingham and other cities. All the pubs are pretty much identical featuring pine furniture, cream and green decor, exposed ventilation shafts, blackboard menus etc. They are targetted at folk we used to call Yuppies and whilst very smart, are also soulless and very pricey. With the Hogshead trading down the road and Wetherspoons under construction at the old cinema, this area of town is turning into a mega-pub ghetto. Just round the corner in Downing Street, not far from Quinns Bar at the Holiday Inn [subsequently Crowne Plaza], S&N have applied to change the use of an office into, yes, another cafe/bar.

While just across Parkers Piece at the Back Street Local...

The Elm Tree, Orchard Street, the home of modern jazz (every Monday and Thursday), is opening up its garden in time for the better weather. Landlord John Simons is creating a haven of relaxation amid the plants and fishes.

We welcome new licensees

Roger and Brenda Badgery took over and opened the Black Horse, Swaffham Bulbeck, on Christmas Eve. GK IPA and Adnams on handpump at the moment.

Terry Rayner, ex Herts/Essex Borders, took the helm at the Rose and Crown, Teversham, at the end of March. Look out for London Pride and Fuggles Imperial among the normal Whitbread offerings.

Barry Ashworth and Partners from the George and Dragon, Elsworth, have bought the Travellers Rest on the A10 at Chittering. This pub has been languishing among the also-rans for ages; it is now set to become a food-orientated Free House.
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Jean and Jim Margetts from Thetford moved into the Bull, Burrough Green, last Autumn, but somehow escaped a mention in the last ALE. This pub has seen a quick turnover in publicans, all apparently successful, all serving excellent beer.

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