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Tuesday 10 May 2005 12.25pm
Thanks to all for your replies. What sort of pub would you like to see? The plan was for it to be 'traditional'. Real ales soon to come including Pedigree and Camerons Strongarm, any particular ciders? Chips will definitely be on the menu along with the usual traditional pub food (and possibly Thai food too?).
Tuesday 10 May 2005 12.40pm
For my part, I'd be very happy with good traditional pub food.

It also needs to be much cosier, as Julie said above. It is a bit stark at the moment. And could we have some sofas! About 2 years ago, when they had a couple of comfy sofas at the front, the place always seemed to be busy.
Tuesday 10 May 2005 1.17pm
"Any particular ciders?" Take your pick:

Or a good commercial cider maker:

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Tuesday 10 May 2005 1.32pm
And these: - very good cider.
Or how about a champion Welsh cider? Ralph's Cider Old Badland Farm, New Radnor, Radnorshire LD8 2TG (Mid-Wales)
Tel: 01544 350304
Tuesday 10 May 2005 1.34pm
>>Sounds very cheap for the area I thought.

For how long a lease?
Tuesday 10 May 2005 2.41pm
Be nice to see good wholesome bars snacks too - I don't aways fancy a banquet when I'm having a beer (or cider).

I'd third (or fourth) the cider request. There are so few pubs in London that sell real cider (maybe half a dozen) that it could actually be a unique selling point.
Tuesday 10 May 2005 4.33pm
personally I would go for Gordon's gin on tap but could live with cider on hot days!

The pub externally looks very nice-can't comment on inside as the babysitter is doing exams and I am therefore grounded!

It is nice to see the pub open weekends but the word needs to be spread round as we have got so used to it being shut that people will not realise it is an option

Tuesday 10 May 2005 5.06pm
I'd echo Mr Bridger's sentiments about the sort of pub food that's missing around here IMHO. Some good drinking snacks, with a decent quotient of healthy/vegetarian options would be unique enough to draw some custom, I'd have thought. As well as giving you an excuse to stay in the pub (because it's well known that vegetables neutralise cider).

And whilst we're on the cider point, I'd just say that one of the most available ways of getting draught cider is in a 15l manucube. We'd finish that in an evening if we had a social at Simon's. If someone could crack getting a regular supply of different ciders and perries to willing pubs, there could be something that would really work. A different, fresh, draught cider or perry every week or fortnight would be fantastic. I'll make a call or two about that.

...if you press it, they will come.
Tuesday 10 May 2005 5.20pm
Call John Hallam.
Tuesday 10 May 2005 7.45pm
Ivanhoe, I agree. The Wenlock manages that all year so I don't see why other pubs can't. They also do fab bar snacks - black pudding doorstep being my fave.
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