Oh dear, it certainly should not have been closed at that time! Sorry about that.
A big thanks to you all for the suggestions, they are very much appreciated and are being passed to the new manager for consideration. Decent pub food and a good supply of cider is a must! Do keep them coming, I will keep you posted when there is a definite starting date for the new manager.
also - either a juke box or, a music system behind the bar, with a decent mix of music, so that most peoples tastes are covered (not too loud though obviously - you don't want people to leave because they can't hear each other)
Orwell's description of the perfect pub: http://homepage.mac.com/davidclifford/orwell.html
Interesting too, his ideas on music in a pub. Samuel's
“A good MOR mix. It's hopeless without music in there at the moment”
“Either a juke box or, a music system behind the bar, with a decent mix of music, so that most peoples tastes are covered”
don't really appeal to me, and I think that Simon The Tanner is too small for the string quartet I was proposing for the best pub in the area http://www.london-se1.co.uk/forum/read/1/27923/page=2 but perhaps a small Dean Organ may be installed?