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ALE Summer 2004 No. 314

The couple who took over the Plough and Fleece at Horningsea at the end of last year, Peter & Rachel Causton, have written to ALE to tell us a bit about the changes they've made.

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We now serve IPA, Abbot Ale (which took a little time to master looking after!!) and Speckled Hen. We also have an occasional guest ale on for special events, such as a hog roast and live folk band.

By focusing on quality throughout our business, from the cellar and kitchen right through to service and even the fragrance of the gents we managed to increase trade by over 30% in our first 3 months. However, as a food-led pub in such a small village, we have been struggling a little since the re-opening of the Bridge Hotel, now finding ourselves surrounded by three huge chain pubs. For this reason we now need to let people know that we are here and what we can offer. They say that small is beautiful and I believe that of our pub.

Our beautiful front bar is the oldest part of the pub, cosy in winter with the fire roaring, and cool and dark in the summer. This bar is definitely at its best when full of drinkers, for this reason and as we are the only pub in the village, we do not pre-book these tables for food, although diners are welcome to sit there if they are free. The Crown and Punchbowl is now trading as a restaurant.

We also have a lounge bar to the rear of the pub and a non-smoking conservatory overlooking our patio and wooded beer garden with views of open fields down to the river Cam.

All of our food, with the exception of some of our desserts, is home-made on the premises. We have put the emphasis on traditional British food to stay in keeping with the character of the pub.

I can't profess to having many years of cellar management experience, but I take great care to ensure that our beer is served in the best possible condition. I have found that none of it is rocket science, you just have to put in the time and care about the end result, which I do.

Apologies if I have gone on a little bit but I feel that the style of our pub and the quality of the beer and food would appeal to your members. Some may have been disappointed on visits in the past, but we would welcome their return to the pub in the hope that they find their visit enjoyable.

Rachel Causton


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