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Oct-16-2017 @ 10:55 PM                           Permalink
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Don't even suggest the otte.. sorry "mink" have eaten all the chickens

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Who would dare? read the forum Geoff has got them on The Corsican Smile
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I was delighted to visit this pub for the first time since 2002. We have stayed well clear in the past 15 years, watching it get run down and reading horrendous reviews. Although I don't yet feel it has the cosy, warm, 'homely' feel it had when I first visited in the 90s,they  have worked so hard to turn it round in a very short time. The new owners deserve to succeed. Great selection of beers and perfectly decent grub for me and my family (although the food was a bit pricey if I had to criticise). One of the nicest places to moor around there in my opinion, watching the sun go down. We will definitely be back next year and would recommend everyone gives it a try!

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Oct-28-2017 @ 7:35 PM                           Permalink
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We had the misfortune to eat there on Thursday.

Whilst there was a good selection of beers, as has been identified there was no chicken.

We had two kids with us, both of which if all else fails will eat chicken nuggets or chicken strips. Lion had neither.

The other staple kids eat of course is beans, of which there were also none.

OK, I can see the nouveau cuisine idea is maybe what is being aimed for, but what happened to the idea of good pub grub? That is what we as hungry boaters were looking for.

When we mentioned the lack of beans or chicken the answer was that they wished to serve all fresh cooked food. So, chicken must only come out of a freezer. I also refuse to believe the peas were not either frozen or tinned.........

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Oct-30-2017 @ 12:31 PM                           Permalink
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Daz. You should look at the owner Nick comments earlier about the model of the pub.
Quote "i cannot please everyone and for each customer who loves what we do there is one who wants a guiness, chicken nuggets for their kids, carvery and a fruit shoot but there is so many places on the broads that already do that so i offer something different."

So don't expect chicken nuggets anytime soon.

Its not the destination its the journey that matters

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Oct-30-2017 @ 7:25 PM                           Permalink
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He may be right that there are many other pubs on the Broads that do this, but not in that locality.

Whether he said that earlier or not, our experience was very disappointing, and I suspect we are not alone.


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Oct-30-2017 @ 7:26 PM                           Permalink
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I would also add, does a successful business do what they want, regardless of whether they maximise sales, or does the more successful business sell what the punters want?


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Oct-30-2017 @ 7:53 PM                           Permalink
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For good varied menu try the Bridge at Acle.  Good food and friendly staff. Can't say fairer than that and they had chicken on the menu  Smile


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Oct-30-2017 @ 11:30 PM                           Permalink
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Each landlord, restaurant owner, cafe' owner can surely decide which part of the food spectrum that they want to satisfy. If they try to cover the whole lot it ends up as a mish-mash with no direction, soul or definition.
What is endlessly missed on here is that boaters only cover a relatively small part of a riverside businesses customer base. So like all other eateries they need to build a reputation that will attract the local land based diners of a particular persuasion. They simply cannot cover all bases.  

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As the expression goes---"Each to their own"-----We had a lovely meal a couple of months ago at The Lion. Whilst I can see that the menu might no suit all tastes , this pub needs to attract customers all year round and become a destination for the local as well as the boating community as has happened at the sister pub in Neatishead.Good luck to them , they are certainly on the right track.

Martin W.

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