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Heard a rumor that the pub's owners are not renewing the lease on the Pleasure Boat. I have this horrible vision of that cornerstone of Hickling Broad being boarded up with a For Sale sign outside.

It has reduced in popularity over the years, as have all pubs really and the building and car park now need some work. That said, the current occupants work hard to fill the place, serve excellent food and are nice people.

I hope the rumor is no more than that.

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I dont think the fact that very few craft go under potters bridge does them any favours either. Would be a shame to see another pub go to the wall.

Gary

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So very true - I am just trying to imagine Hickling Broud with a derelict pub on its staithe. What an awful thought. Worse still - some terrible redevelopment!!

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Have spoke to the Landlord and ladie to day hope they join the site and bat their corner,
two very nice folk.

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Hi Folks,
Just caught a bit of a report on BBC Look East that seemed to suggest that the owners (? Enterprise Inns) were kicking Julie and her family out.  There was a suggestion that change of use to residential could be a possibility!
Anyone know any more?
Pete

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Yes it was quite a long piece, Enterprise are involved again  Mad

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

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I was in the pub during the interview. Nobody really knows what the future holds but with pubs going the way they are change of use seems a likely option - but will it be granted and for what? Are Enterprise known for this sort of thing?

Julie and Arun, the current tenants, are really good guys and work hard to make the pub a success. Considering they have a young daughter with a brain tumor to look after - she is now in remission but over the last year she was considered terminal I believe -  and two terrible summers to contend with they have done remarkably well. And I just know they could do even better as Arun is a superb chef.

Incidentally, they are having an Indian night this Saturday - phone them and book. It will be worth it.

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Watched it tonight .such a shame as these pubs at Hickling,Horning ,Ranworth  are not "back street pubs" but  Broads land marks that have featured as part of the holiday scheme for years as well as being the subject of many Broadland Pictures and postcards.Where will it all end ?

Roy and Diane

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On a personal note, the TV item has put me in panic!

I paid a considerable sum (well over a third of the price I paid for my boat!) to the lovely Julie earlier this year for this years mooring fee.

Paperwork in connection with moorings has never been Julie's strong point. I have no receipt for that money (other than the debit on my bank statement) or anything more formal than an invoice to indicate for what I paid and what I might be entitled to.

If the pub closes I lose all the security of being moored right underneath the landlord's bedroom window and constant observation by customers supping their ale by the waterside. I probably also contravene my insurance conditions as they require that I have arrangements in place for the boat to be regularly checked.  Then there's always the possibility of of some hotshot Enterprise lawyer will come up with reasons why I should quit the moorings with no notice and no compensation.

Must speak to Julie soon, as I don't suppose the issue will be uppermost in her mind right now.

I don't suppose anyone here can provide reassurance for me!

Greg Chapman
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Greg you actually raise an important point, namely, what is the status of the staithe?  Is it a parish staithe or is it owned by the owners of the Pub.  Were that to be effectively shut Hicking is effectively cut off (apart from John’s quay heading at Whispering Reeds).  This is going to therefore have an effect on the Greyhound as well.  Hopefully there are local memories that will ensure no accountant pulls a fast one.

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

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