Historic Norwich pub on the search for new landlord

The Coach and Horses in Bethel Street is under temporary management as owners Greene King look for new tenants. The Coach and Horses in Bethel Street is under temporary management as owners Greene King look for new tenants.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
6:02 PM

New landlords are being sought for one of Norwich’s oldest pubs.

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The Coach and Horses in Bethel Street is under temporary management as owners Greene King look for new tenants.The Coach and Horses in Bethel Street is under temporary management as owners Greene King look for new tenants.

The Coach and Horses in Bethel Street is under temporary management and will only be open on evenings and weekends until new tenants can be found.

Owners Greene King say that once new tenants are found, they will invest significantly in a “major redevelopment” of the pub.

It is currently listed for lease on the company’s website, which says the pub serves lunch and the pre-theatre crowd “but there is plenty of scope for improvement”.

A Greene King spokesman said: “The current tenants of the Coach and Horses have decided to focus on their other business and will be leaving the pub in March.

“The pub is currently open on evenings and weekends and while we recruit a new tenant, the pub will remain open, under temporary management.

“Once an agreement has been signed with new tenants, we are looking to invest a significant sum into the pub and carry out a major redevelopment.”

The pub is one of the oldest in the city, with a stone in the wall marked with the year 1710. However, parts of the building are believed to date back as far as 1200.

A parish marker on the outside states the pub is between the parishes of St Peter Mancroft and St Giles was the site of the Ascension tradition of ‘beating the bounds’, where choirboys were ‘bumped and dusked’ at their parish boundaries to remind them where they were.

6 comments

  • How about the EDP getting or forcing the Governments "Pubs Minister" (made up job) Brandon Lewis to start commenting on what is happening to our pubs in this country and county ?.

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    "V"

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Pubs like this have most certainly NOT had their day Michael.....its a fantastic pub....and it is not under temporary management....YET!

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    Tracey

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Sadly the days when you parked the horse and cart outside and had three pints before going home are long gone. A pint of beer will cost at least £3.50 and you'll have no parking or smoking. Better go to Tesco and get 20 cans for £14.00 and not risk Plod on the way home. The pubs like this have had their day. The Rampant Horse in Freethorpe was in the EDP yesterday. How can a village like that support a pub? The Green Man at Rackheath is up for lease at £55,000 a year plus business rates at £30,000 plus. Add water and electricity plus heating and I reckons that is £120,000 just to turn the key before staff and other overheads. The numbers don't add up which is why these pubs are churned every year. The local authorities have made it nigh on impossible for pubs to survive so the blame lies with them.

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    Michael Clintergate

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Business rates, a ubiquitous tax, set by Government is somehow the fault of local authorities. Easy to blame, and they get a fair bit wrong but they are certainly not to blame for rural pub closures Michael. There are plenty of well run, independently owned pubs in villages like Freethorpe. Get them out of the hands of the greedy pubcos. Enterprise Inns are the worst, but I know a couple who have Greene King as their landlords and they are not a lot better.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • changes landlord every few years, and was under 'temporary management' just a few years ago. The temporary management then were terrible, with disgusting food. Hope they find a new tenant as it could be a lovely pub and it has the connection with the theatre crowd.

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    User Removed

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Greene King should have no problem in finding a licensee for this lovely old pub, at least the position it occupies will stop Tesco trying to take it over.

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    Derek McDonald

    Friday, February 21, 2014

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