End of an era as Roydon’s White Hart pub changes hands

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A prominent figure in the south Norfolk pub scene has bid farewell to the White Hart in Roydon, after handing over the reins to two long-serving local landlords.

Paul Meredew brought an end to his four-year spell in charge of the High Road pub, and subsequently his 36-year career in the pub and restaurant trade, earlier this month, in order to focus on his second business − Anglia Catering Equipment Ltd, in Diss − and spend time with his wife, Helen, and family.

Arriving to take his place are John Hyde and Debbie Pleasants, well-known in nearby Rushall for their 23 years at the helm of The Half Moon pub, which has now been purchased by Amanda Atkinson, from Somerleyton.

Mr Meredew, who helped renovate and build the White Hart into a profitable pub after he took over in February 2011, told the Diss Express: “It’s always sad to leave something you have put your heart and soul into.

“It’s a fantastic pub. It was a very enjoyable four years, and it’s very well supported.

“I have done my time in the pub trade. I want to concentrate on other areas of life.”

Mr Meredew began his long career in the industry with the Old Garden House, now known as the Chequers Inn, of Bressingham.

Over the years, he would go on to manage numerous other local businesses, including the Cock Inn of Diss across two separate stints, the Brome Grange Hotel in Eye, Diss restaurant Snail Makers, and the Waterfront Inn, back when it was called the Sun Inn.

Alan Crowest, the licensed trade consultant for Diss estate agency TW Gaze, who helped to facilitate the pub’s sale, said: “Having known both vendors for many years, it was a pleasure to act on their behalf and we wish both the new incumbents every success for the future.”

To find out more about Roydon’s White Hart pub, please call 01379 643597 or visit www.roydonwhitehart.co.uk