The Avery, Regent Terrace
Bar: Greene King
- Renamed in late 2004, as part of change of ownership from Laurel to GK.
- Stocks GK beers.
- Open all afternoon.
- Previously, as the Hogshead:
- Between 2001 and 2004 went downhill, becoming more of a
youth bar, with real ale sidelined.
- In July/August 2001 the new Laurel Pubco management
ended its policy of allowing local beers and beers from small breweries.
However the food has apparently been improved with freshly-prepared stuff rather than
the usual corporate out-of-the-freezer menus.
- Until 2001 it had a reasonably good beer selection - the
familiar Whitbread corporate one plus guests such
as City of Cambridge beers and GK Pedigree, plus a few rarer ones.
Examples from April 2000: Swales Copper Oast, Weltons Predator, Mauldons May Bee.
It had 10 handpumps on each bar. It used to have barrels behind the bar as well.
- Trade declined sharply since the Regal opened,
followed by a high turnover in staff.
Compared with the Regal it was very expensive.
- At the end of July 1996 it had to introduce an over-21 rule some of the time, enforced by bouncers.
- Opened on 4th July 1996. Instant impression: impressive!
Decoration theme of hops: a loading bay at the entrance
and sacks & related items scattered around.
Pipework (actually the ventilation system) and ropes & pulleys
(for notice boards) feature greatly.
- Big is Beautiful
- Converted by Whitbread from the former Avery Scales building between May and July 1996.
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