Posted by: The Prince of Whales | December 31, 2010

The year that was at The Prince

The Prince Panto

It’s New Year’s Eve and time to reflect on the highlights of 2010 at The Prince of Wales. Here are my favourite moments and we hope you enjoyed them as much as Diane and me did. Our Top Ten are …

1.Snow White and The Magic Moose

This was a fantastic production with some great performances from the crew as well as the actors. We had over 400 people watch the show over 3 days in the depths of dark February. Moosey, Moosey on the wall …

2. The New Beer Range

Older regulars look back misty eyed and talk about Bill and Burton Ale. Its a great bit of nostalgia but wringing a concession from Punch to broaden the cask ale range was a turning point for the pub. We now permanently offer Harvest Pale, Jaipur, Timothy Taylor’s Landlord, Sharps Doom Bar, Purity’s Gold, UBU and Mad Goose alongside Prince stalwarts Tribute, Abbot and Bombardier. Camra may still turn their noses up at the pub but we have the best beers in the land.

3. The Destroyers Gig

The Saturday before Christmas; minus 8 degrees and over 250 people dancing around in the marquee to a fabulous evening with a great band.

4. Hello Girls

The opening of the new Cocktail Lounge as given lots of women a reason to “Love the Prince”. When we arrived, the pub was very one dimensional and most people’s perception was a pub full of old men drinking pints. Whilst not strictly true, it did put a lot of people off. Since the refurb and especially since we opened the Cocktail Bar, the Prince is much more popular with the ladies. Not a bad thing fellas.

5. Open Fires

The reinstating of the fireplace in the front bar. The official lighting of the fire in October almost went badly wrong when my plan to throw a small whisky on the flames and raise a toast almost burnt the place down , taking off my eyebrows in the process.

6. 360 Gig in the bar for Halloween.

Scary SKA is now an annual event! Never as the Bar rocked so much!

7. Goodbye Smelly Bogs

Enough said!

8. The Year I discovered Rum

Forget Lambs Navy or even Sailor Jerry, we are talking Diplomatico, Zacapa, Flora Del Cano, El Dorado. If you have missed out on our list of 40 world class rums, don’t worry; we hope to expand the range to 100 next year.

9. Our Staff

This year our staff have really done a great job. They have really worked hard to improve the service. Even though the pub is busier now than its ever been, and I know on some busy nights we could improve even more, there are no more queues up the past the toilets to get served. Thank you team, well done!

In at Number 10, the best is yet to come! I am sure that Steve Ajao, Pete Hammond and Mike Hatton will provide a great finale to the year tonight.

Finally Diane and me would like to thank all our customers for your continued support. We really do value your custom and look forward to serving you in 2011.

Cheers and best wishes for 2011.




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