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South Lopham pub set for grand reopening after new owner takes the wheel




Having recently closed its doors due to the pressures of Covid-19, a village pub will resurface under new ownership later this year.

The White Horse in South Lopham has been taken over by beauty salon owner and photographer James Neale.

The 35-year-old businessman, of Burston Road in Shimpling, said: “It’s such a great pub, well supported by the locals and situated on the main road. When it didn’t reopen after the first lockdown, I approached the owners and went from there.

The White Horse is under new ownership
The White Horse is under new ownership

“I run a beauty salon in Norwich called Glow, but pubs are new to me. I don’t see that as an issue though. I hope to bring a fresh perspective at a time when pubs need to adapt and offer something different in order to succeed.

“The beauty salon temporarily closed for months due to lockdown and photography work has slowed, but the positive side is that it’s given me time to work on getting the pub ready. It’s a new challenge and a real opportunity to put my stamp on what is a fantastic pub.”

The White Horse is scheduled to reopen on December 3 or 4, provided government guidance allows.

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