At the Dolphin & Seadell Bars in Hemsby we’ve been requested to look into the availability of non/low alcohol beers. Understandable if having to drive later that day of course, or just stuck in the Bar watching the football and not wanting to go over the top. Low alcohol products have been about for a while of course. Bottled low alcohol lagers seem OK but not very popular because customer reaction has been that they don’t taste of much. Until now I don’t think there’s been a bitter that’s been worth drinking either. But things are changing and now Adnams (the Suffolk brewers who are our main suppliers) have produced a low alcohol version of their popular “Ghost Ship” on draught & in 500ml bottles (0.5%abv): we’ve done a survey and it’s hard to identify a taste difference from the standard product. There’s also a range of low alcohol wines (again 0.5%abv), and we’ll be stocking these from the end of March. Then a bit of breaking news. The Hemsby Kebab & Pizza (at the Seadell Bar) has been taken over by the new people and will now be called “Istanbul Delight”. They are a professional, but private firm – not a franchise. They’re just finishing a makeover ready to open towards the end of \February. I believe they will be introducing a delivery service as well, and I think the menu – while based around kebabs and pizza as before, will have a more Egyptian slant. So more details to follow about this as it happens.
The road between Long Beach Caravan Park and Hemsby Touring & Tent site (about 300 yards) needed some illumination, particularly for those walking between the two at night. This was a bit impractical in the past because it really needed streetlamps that required mains electricity, and would have had to be installed on the North side (which involved other problems). But now it’s become possible to have solar powered streetlamps which have got over the “powerful enough” problem due to improved specification of the solar collectors and their reduced power consumption of the lights – which are now LED. No mains electricity supply/trenching required of course. Rather more expensive initially but no electric bills going forward. Eco credibility as well, so that’s alright. I hope that this work will have been done by Easter, and if it operates as we hope then can be considered for installation elsewhere.
At The Grange Touring Park, on the back field (where the hardstanding are and the ducks live) we’ve removed the old path lighting (which was mains powered but led to problems as the lamp standards kept getting driven into) and replaced with “approach” solar powered lighting. They come on from dusk to dawn at a low level but go fully bright for a time when there is nearby movement. Sounds right in theory but a bit of feedback is always appreciated.