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Discussion in 'Personal' started by chelsea2, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Had a lovely lunch at the pub at the end of my road yesterday - slightly marred by the presence of a fully dressed Christmas tree, complete with flashing lights! :eek::eek:

    Apparently the staff were told by Greene King to put it up, to promote booking for Christmas meals! The kind of gesture which would ensure I DIDN'T book a Christmas meal there.
  2. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Star commenter

    I'd have walked out.
  3. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Nah - food's good and cheap. We just sat so we couldn't see it.
    Staff were clearly cheesed off about it - there had been a lot of negative. comments from customers!
  4. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    Feedback to management!
    nomad, minnie me, Lara mfl 05 and 2 others like this.
  5. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    Don’t mention the C word.:mad:
  6. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    No. Just no!
  7. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    Greene King are now chinese- owned.
  8. Crowbob

    Crowbob Lead commenter

    I love Christmas! It would have made me smile. Only 125 days remaining!
    suzuki1690 likes this.
  9. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Smile, tip well, hack Xmas tree down with machete on way out.
    mothorchid likes this.
  10. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    I once saw a Leon Day Christmas tree in Spoons in
    June, for June 25th!
  11. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Greene King was my local brewery when I was growing up in Suffolk. I used to love their selection of bottled beers - Abbot ale, Strong Suffolk, St Edmund Ale all of which you can still get but then their was Harvest a dark stout, Burton Ale, a brown ale, light ale, Crown, a golden bitter and they did their own barley wine which I forget the name of. When Greene King started opening pubs around here (Midlands) I went in expecting to try these wonderful ales from my younger days but when I asked for them the staff just looked at me blankly. Greens King now seems to be one of these corporate brands but I remember back 40+ years and it was a decent honest brewery producing great ale.
    nizebaby and BertieBassett2 like this.
  12. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    I think the Royal Exchange was a Greene King pub - don’t know if it’s still there?
    Shedman likes this.
  13. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Is it here already?

  14. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    The Royal Exchange was indeed a Greene King pub and just a very short walk from where I was born - in Eden Road. My Grandfather kept the Exchange for about 20 years around the 40's and 50's and my eldest brother was born upstairs in the pub. My mother and father lived there for a few years after the end of the Second World War until they got a house of their own in Eden Road. My grandfather had served in the First World War and was wounded leaving his left arm withered and crooked, he'd refused to have it amputated. However, he was perfectly able to pull pints with his bad arm and so found worthwhile employment as a publican.

    In those days the pub was just an ale house that sold only beer but no spirits. My grandmother had a lucrative sideline in selling hot cheese rolls and did a roaring trade at the weekends when the cinemas turned out. In those days there were a number of picture houses in Haverhill, the old Playhouse and one down by the side of Barclays bank that became Hart's motorcycle shop and others that I don't know about.

    As a young child in the 50s/60s the high street would be heaving on a Friday and Saturday night with people coming in from the outlying villages to frequent the pubs along Hamlet Road, the High Street and Queen Street: The Australian Arms (gone), The White Hart, The Royal Exchange, The Ram (gone), The White Horse (not the White Horse in Withersfield, this was opposite Chapman's, gone), The Bull, The Bell (gone), Queen's Head, The Woolpack, Rose and Crown and The Plough (gone) which was opposite the cemetery. An old saying in Haverhill, 'You know you ain't a lot of good when you take a left turn at The Plough'.
    BertieBassett2 likes this.
  15. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Yes it is still there and has good reviews on trip advisor. Grandad would be pleased.
    BertieBassett2 likes this.
  16. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    All those establishments! I don't remember the Ram, though. What became of the Bell?
  17. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    The b
    The Bell is now a wine bar I believe. Follow the link for the Ram. https://suffolk.camra.org.uk/pub/1428
  18. Grandsire

    Grandsire Star commenter

    Ahem - I'm sorry to say this, but I started my Christmas craft projects last week... I'm determined to be on top of things this year, and not leave it all until the last week of term! If I get it right, it'll save me a fortune in buying presents.

    How many days to go?
    bombaysapphire likes this.
  19. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    Ah it closed in 1975 - no wonder I don’t remember it!
  20. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I already have my Christmas Cards - perhaps I'll write them now to save time.

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