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South Lopham White Horse celebrates completion of its revamp as well as change in management




A South Lopham pub is celebrating the completion of its revamp – as well as a change in management.

The White Horse on The Street, part of The Norfolk Table, was taken over by Keighly Marsh, who says the food industry has always been in her blood.

“My family has been involved in pubs, restaurants and bars all my life, so it was sort of a natural progression for me,” said the 46-year-old, who is originally from
Essex.

Staff at the White Horse are celebrating the completion of almost a month-long refurbishment. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Staff at the White Horse are celebrating the completion of almost a month-long refurbishment. Picture by Mecha Morton.

By taking on this role, Keighly has also fulfilled her long-held dream to move to Norfolk.

“I have always wanted to live here because it’s beautiful. I used to work in sales and I used to drive through here and think ‘what an amazing place’.

“I always knew I would end up here. It’s such a community-spirited place, everyone is friendly and hard-working. I love that.”

Keighly Marsh is the new manager of the White Horse.
Keighly Marsh is the new manager of the White Horse.

The White Horse offers local food and drinks as well as a specials menu, which currently includes seafood such as crayfish, mackerel, crab and prawns.

“Our motto is glorious food – we live in an amazing part of the world and want to utilise everything that is wonderful about East Anglia,” said Ms Marsh.

“We are very family-orientated and dog friendly and provide good food. People will always find something they like on the menu.”

Keighly, who moved to Norfolk in May, says the community has given positive feedback since the reopening in June.

“The local people have been so welcoming and we’ve had some amazing feedback,” said Ms Marsh.

The pub, which hosts regular live music events, has opened an outside bar and grill today (Saturday, July 27).

For the August bank holiday, they have also planned an event featuring kids’ entertainment, local music and a beer festival.

“We all try to make today a better day than yesterday, exploring every avenue to make the experience for the customer a better one.”

Pubs similar to the White Horse will start popping up all across Norfolk as part of The Norfolk Table’s bid to expand and create hundreds of jobs for local people by the end of next year.

The White Horse, which currently employs 23 members of staff, is looking for extra help over the summer months.

Anyone interested should contact the pub directly on 01379 688579.



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