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Called into the Bell Inn last Friday for the evening and noticed that the usual landlord was absent, there is new tables and chairs in the garden and the bar and restaurant menu was not as extensive as before.

Anybody know if there has been a change of landlord here?

The food, drink and service was still very good, but on balence I would say this pub has gone from being a 10 out of 10, to a 9 out of 10 for me at the moment.

Still well worth a visit and one of the better pubs on the broads.

Keith

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Yes Keith they've got a new manager there, about three months I think. Had a chance to have a brief chat with him while I was there, seems like  nice bloke.

Didn't have any food, d*mn good pint though.

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always a fun place to moor stern on especially if the tide is roaring through. lol
  les..

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Have the moorings improved? Was verbally warned - and there was a note in the handbook - last year that the moorings were dangerous and should we choose to moor there then we would be held responsible for any repairs as the insurance would not cover mooring here. Or did you nmoor below the bridge?

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Jul-13-2005 @ 6:05 PM                           Permalink
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No just as bad as before not a favoured spot.

"I know we are up the bank, but I didn't think the ducklings were going to get out of the way"  Bill...

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we moored side on right by the bridge as lapwings transom is not really designed for stern on, dropping tides etc. I asked the bartender if this was ok, and he was more than happy to let us do that.

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Idiots guide to mooring at the Bell. (written by a genuine idiot!)

Arrive at slack water, high or low doesn't matter.
Pull alongside the longest hire boat already moored and stop six inches fropm its forepeak. Don't hit it, don't choose a "private".
Smile poiltely to it's inhabitants as you step off your boat, onto theirs with a stern rope in hand.
Walk the length of their boat, pulling yours along behind you.
Secure both stern ropes with just enough play for the rise (or fall) of the tide.
Deploy the mudweight and a very large rear fender.
Smile again at your new neighbours as you crack a tinnie of amber nectar.
Sit on the sharp end and watch all those who try to moor once the tide has turned.

heaven . . .

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Fool's guide (written by genuine fool):

Consider mooring in dark, with strong tide flowing, on yacht with mast down (half of which is hanging behind the boat.) As a result, consider high-speed bow-on mooring in front of audience which will be growing as people call their mates out from the bar to watch chaos.

Feel slightly good that there are no moorings, but consider prospect of mooring to cow elsewhere on river.

Feel relieved to moor alongside boat at boatyard, and feel even more relieved that it was tied on by someone who was not a fool.

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Oh - the grounds are an excellent place for kids to run around, once Daddy has been sent back to the boat for lifejacket (but that was another trip.)

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The moorings itself are not too bad, it's just the job of trying to moor with the tide in full flood or ebb.

Last week after one aborted attempt we pulled alongside just under the bridge, where Richard describes, and then tied two ropes together on the front to give us a long enough rope to then walk the front rope round and into the recess and then was able to pull it round onto the stern just by the ropes.

It probably wasn't the most elegant way of mooring, but I am a great believer in using the ropes to make things easier, rather than just the engine. If using the ropes in this way, make sure you get a few turns around a post as soon as you can.

A hireboat passed a couple of times waiting for us to finish and then decided to try and reverse straight in, after three attempts, they listened to us and pulled alongside in the same place and then we repeated the excercise, but pulled them passed the bow of our boat and then pulled them round onto the stern.

Keith

PS would have waited for a slack tide, but there was cold beer waiting in the pub to be drunk Smile

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Jul-14-2005 @ 2:57 AM                           Permalink
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Keith, that's a really slick weeze, why didn't I think of it! - it's ok the chap at the Berney told me I was some type of moron !

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