Posted by: The Prince of Whales | April 15, 2010

The Prince Refurbishment

Some feelings are running high at The Prince as the work on our planned refurbishment comes closer. Its understandable; folks are anxious as a pub that has served the community well for 150 years seeks to evolve.

The problem for The Prince is it must widen its appeal, losing some of its “rough edges”, but not its character,  to widen its appeal. Frankly, we need more customers who are prepared to pay a premium for good beer in traditional surroundings. Equally true customers today expect more and facilities like the toilets are in desperate need of improvement.

We will be preserving the essence of The Prince, strengthening its character and feeding its soul. There will be change but change that will be good for regulars and good for new customers alike.

We believe in preserving the core of the pub, whilst stimulating progress. Its a ying yang thing that we have used to shape our approach in the 3 years that we have been here.

Preserving the core whilst making progress to keep customers coming

Most people agree that its an approach that has worked pretty well. In fact we have strengthened the core with more cask ale, better service and many small improvements. Its true we have not always made the right decisions but despite the smoking ban, a decline in general pub going, cheap supermarket booze, high prices forced on us by Punch (our landlords), the pub remains popular. We have also worked hard with innovative events and some fantastic evenings. This against a backdrop of hundreds of community pubs like The Prince closing their doors for good.

So we would like to invite everyone to a presentation on what we plan to do. This will be held next Thursday Evening (22nd April 2010) at 8pm at The Prince. Everyone will be welcome.

We look forward to seeing you then.


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