Earl of March reopens

Three years after its closure, the Earl of March, Lavant, reopened last night.

Our roving reporter tells us that the beers are Hop Back Summer Lightning and Ringwood Best on the handpumps, with Hop Back Crop Circle, Ballards Golden Bine and Hampshire Lionheart on cooled gravity dispense behind the bar. Prices are in the £2.60 — £2.80 range.

They’ve gone for a light and spacious look with leather sofas and chairs in the bar area and tropical hardwood tables and chairs for the eatery. The floor has flagstones by the car park entrance, with a wooden floor in the rest of the pub, low-level background music (no TV or machines) and a vase with an orchid on every table. One of the customers said it had a sort of “Slug & Lettuce” feel to it (although I don’t remember seeing a Slug & Lettuce with 5 ales on!)

Food-wise, it’s been described as “nouvelle cuisine”, which is a bit of a change from the previous hearty, home-made fare — and, as you might expect, the food’s a bit more expensive than it used to be.

Hopefully the locals, who’ve had three years to get used to drinking at home, will come back again — it’s hard to see how the food side of things will give them enough beer turnover to keep 5 ales on…

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Date posted: Tuesday, November 29th, 2005 21:48 | Under category: News, Pubs
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