July 28 2014 Latest news:
Friday, July 20, 2012
People on a pub crawl will undoubtedly take in both The Langtry and The Mulberry, which was last week’s Pub of the Week. They are just a stone’s throw away from each other in Unthank Road, and both are part of the business empire of Sarah Jane Roberts.
But while both are popular with students and some of the trendier residents of the Golden Triangle, bosses at the Langtry believe they are more of a community pub and more drinks-led, while the Mulberry is just as popular for its breakfasts, its teas and coffees as well as its alcoholic drinks.
The two people running the Langtry are both recent arrivals, and manager Ed Pearce and assistant manager Cloe Wasey are keen to put their stamp on the business.
They are also looking for customer ideas and want locals to tell them what changes, if any, they would like to see at the pub. One of the changes that could be introduced is the return of the Lillie Langtry memorablia and artefacts currently stored upstairs.
Before ‘Lillie’ was removed from the pub’s name, references to the Jersey star were two a penny in the pub, and bosses realise the current situation is a bit incongruous, with no mention of Lillie in the pub other than on the sign outside.
Mr Pearce only returned to the UK earlier in the year after working for four years as a sous-chef in Greece. But, after a chance meeting with the landlord at the Woolie in Norwich, also part of Ms Roberts’ portfolio, he was employed at the Langtry.
Miss Wasey said: “This is more of a community pub than The Mulberry. The customers we get are more friends than customers.
“We are looking to revamp the pub later in the year, and to give it a bit of love. There are feedback forms to fill out on all the tables in the bar. But while we want to change the pub, we want to keep its individuality.”
The Evening News has been urging people to return to pubs in our Love your Local campaign.
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