19th May – Opening Day!

19th May – Opening Day!

We are very pleased (and rather excited!) to share the following news of the Black Horse (re) Opening Day from Colin and Amanda:

We’ve had a few old building issues which have held us up, but we’re back on track and are pleased to announce that…

The Black Horse will be opening on Saturday 19th May!

Hours of opening that weekend will be:
Saturday 10am-11pm (Bar midday – 11pm)
Sunday 11am-7pm (Bar midday – 7pm)

Coffee, tea, cakes and savouries will be available all day throughout the weekend. Brunch will be available from 11am-3pm, lunch from 12 noon-2.30pm and the kitchen will be open for evening meals from 6 ‘til 8pm on Saturday.

We trust that our range of draught and bottled beers will include something for everyone, including Birra Moretti, Fosters, Adnams Southwold Bitter and Black Shore Stout, plus a local ale and bottled ciders. Expect a small range of carefully chosen wines and some top-notch spirits and soft drinks to ease you through the weekend!

Later that week we will be open:
Wednesday: 10am- 4pm 6pm-9pm
Thursday: 10am – 4pm 6pm-9pm
Friday: 10am-11pm

For the May Bank Holiday we will be having a ‘Sausage & Beer’ weekend, hours as follows:
Saturday 26th May – 10am-11pm
Sunday 27th May – 11am – 10pm
Monday 28th May – 11am-10pm

There will be all things to celebrate the humble sausage – brunch, lunch, snacks and early evening meals, plus of course vegetarian options (which may or may not look like sausage). We’ll also have a selection of sweet treats, teas, coffees and soft drinks. Food will be available all day on those three days until 8pm.

Do come along and visit The Black Horse, it may not be quite as you remember it.
We really look forward to seeing you and can guarantee you all a warm welcome!

See the Dry Drayton June newsletter for our regular Summer opening hours (much more straight-forward than those of May!)

– Colin and Amanda

April 2018 – Latest News

April 2018 – Latest News

We hope everyone has been finding ways to keep out of the cold and the rain lately! It does feel finally like we might be in for some better spring weather, though. The daffodils are in full bloom, the buds are bursting, and we have a quick update from Colin and Amanda on the pub as I’m sure everyone is keen to know what is going on. Colin says:

We’re keen to open.  Unfortunately we cannot always foresee the building hold-ups and the rotten joists underneath part of the floor is just the latest issue we have had to deal with. It is important for us to get the old place as ready as we can do so we don’t encounter issues down the line. It is all taking longer than we’d like but we want to ensure it is done properly.

The main public areas are pretty much done so it’s the final fitting out now. Equipment etc is on order so we hope this last push is more within our control (though we have learned not to take that for granted – we recently ordered some items on next day delivery and it took a fortnight to receive the whole order even though the items were in stock!)

We look forward to giving a firm opening date but aren’t quite there yet!’

The pub is certainly looking fantastic on the outside, and we wish Colin and Amanda all the best for the final push to get the place open once more!

Tip – save the Black Horse tankards also make excellent vases!
More Help Wanted!

More Help Wanted!

*A quick word about the Macmillan quiz night on the 23rd Feb. at the Village Hall. The response has been fantastic and places have filled up fast- we now have a full contingent of 12 teams! However if you have missed out you can still register your interest, Amanda is looking to see if she can squeeze in another one or even two teams so there may yet be some more spaces. See our blog post here for how to register.*

In November last year we put out a call for volunteers to help Colin and Amanda clear the rubbish and brambles from the grounds of the Black Horse. On a bright but chilly Sunday 26th November an enthusiastic group from the village spent most of the day working very hard clearing brambles and the ditch and pond at the back of the pub. There was a real community spirit, everyone enjoyed working together and Colin and Amanda provided hot drinks and snacks throughout the day.

In the end a huge amount was achieved but there is still more to do – the pond still needs more clearing (and digging out of the last bits of rubbish) as well as more general clearing and tidying, so we are again asking the community if they can come along on this Sunday the 18th February to help out again. As before, just drop by the Black Horse when you can make it and for as long as you can help, any time between 10am and 3pm. Some of the Black Horse Steering Committee will be there to lend a hand and we hope others might like to come along to help and burn a few (more) calories for a good cause!

Amanda says:

Please remind people to be suitably dressed (old clothes, strong footwear) and if they could bring gloves, secateurs and spades for digging that would be great. We will provide refreshments (the least we can do!) we also provided snacks (hot dogs, mince pies etc) last time and will do so again.

I’ll leave you with a few pictures from the last event.

Quiz Night Friday 23rd February

Quiz Night Friday 23rd February

Happy New Year to all! – The Black Horse, Black Horse Steering Group and Lord Conrad’s Brewery invite you to get a team together for the


The World’s Largest Simultaneous Quiz!

To be held at the Village Hall on Friday 23rd February 2018

Quiz starts promptly at 7.45pm

Teams of up to 6 (we should be able to make up teams for smaller numbers)

£12 per person to include a buffet supper

Lord Conrad’s Bar open from 6-11pm for a range of beers, wine, prosecco and soft drinks

Please register your team by Monday 19th February by emailing Colin and Amanda at: 

There will be a raffle on the evening so that we can raise as much as possible for Macmillan Cancer Support. Donation of raffle prizes welcome! Please drop them in to The Black Horse or bring along on the evening.

See you there!

29th December Pop-Up Pub

29th December Pop-Up Pub

As 2017 draws to a close we are very pleased to bring news of one last pop-up pub to be held in Dry Drayton Village Hall on the 29th December from 6pm-11pm, with food provided by 400 Degrees Pizzeria serving 6-9pm.

Lord Conrad’s Brewery will again be serving a selection of excellent local beverages:

2 draught ales
1 lager
Medium and dry cider
White and red wine
J2O soft drinks

2017 has been a significant year for Dry Drayton’s last pub and we’d like to thank everyone again for their help and support during our campaign to save it. We’d like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year, and we hope to see you on the 29th.

Help Wanted!

Help Wanted!

Colin and Amanda are making good progress with the Black Horse and we will have an update to share with everyone at our pup-up pub on the 24th November (this Friday) with a more detailed progress report.

They are now turning their attention to clearing and improving the land around the building and would like to ask if any members of the community would be able to come and volunteer to help clearing the pond and drainage ditch areas around the Black Horse on Sunday the 26th November (this Sunday!) any time between 10am and 3pm – just drop by the Black Horse when you can make it and for as long as you can help. Some of the Black Horse Steering Committee will be there to lend a hand and we hope others might like to come along to help and burn a few calories for a good cause!

Colin says: “The areas to be cleared have nettles and brambles and there appears to be all sorts of rubbish around the pond, so strong gloves and protective clothing would be advisable. If people could bring secateurs and loppers that would be great, and if anyone has a petrol strimmer it would be helpful perhaps to clear that part of the meadow. We cannot see very easily what is in the ditch as it is so overgrown but there are definitely more brambles, so this is going to be a big task (and a big ask!) We will provide refreshments throughout the day (and lots of hot drinks!) and would be grateful for anyone’s help, even if it is only half an hour.

Note that the weather currently looks cold and dry for Sunday but if it turns bad the event will be cancelled and re-scheduled, hopefully that won’t be the case and we look forward to seeing some of you on Sunday!



It’s time to bring you news of our next pop-up pub event on:


The format will be largely the same as before with Lord Conrad’s brewery providing the bar and volunteers from the Black Horse Steering Group and the wider Dry Drayton community providing the food and running the event. We will be serving curry and rice with naan and condiments, medium, mild and vegetarian. Standard plates £5 and small plates £3. At 8pm we will as usual say a few words – we are hoping to have some news on how the pub renovations are coming along, and also will update everyone on future pop-up events and take any questions and suggestions people may have.

Drinks for the event will be: Golden Gate lager 4%, Lobster Licker 4.2%, Spiffing Wheeze 3.9%, Cider will be mixed bottles 6% to 6.7%, wine (shiraz and pinot), soft drinks (J20, Pepsi).

We would like to thank everyone who attended our Halloween pop-up on the 28th October. It was a great event and again we had a record crowd and sold out of food even though we’d prepared over 100 portions this time around! The Village Hall was completely full and everyone seemed to be enjoying the food and the company, as well as the fantastic Halloween decorations!

At 8pm Colin O’Neill got up on stage and introduced Amanda and himself, as well as giving the audience plenty of detail on how the pub renovations are progressing (slowly but surely) and what is planned (revamped decor, an evening pub, cafe during the day, home cooked food at reasonable prices and good news – new toilets!). Everyone seemed impressed, and we think Colin and Amanda are going to be fantastic new members of our community.

We have had a few questions about where the profits from the pop-up events are going. We have made a small profit at the last two events and we are using these profits to help offset the costs incurred in our save the pub campaign to date. Once our campaign ends (once the pub re-opens) if there are any profits left over Dry Drayton Community Enterprises will look to use them to benefit the community in some way.

And finally, Lord Conrad’s Brewery are working on organising one final pop-up pub for 2017 (provisionally the 29th December) which we will bring you more news of in due course. Depending on how the pub renovations progress and hence when the pub is likely to reopen we may consider running more pop-up events in the new year – so watch this space and see you on the 24th!

Halloween Pop-Up 28th October

Halloween Pop-Up 28th October

Our pop-up pub on the 29th September was a roaring success and we want to thank everyone who turned out to join us and enjoy the beer, curry (and wine). We would also like to extend a special thank you to those who spent the evening setting up the venue, serving food, clearing up after the event and also, very importantly, to those who cooked. I’m sure everyone will agree that the food was excellent – we served over 100 portions and sold out; our apologies to those who turned up a little late and found it was all gone!

We had a fantastic evening and the overwhelming response when we asked the crowd if we should hold another pop-up event was a resounding yes – so here we are again with news of the next pop-up event on Saturday the 28th October, 4pm-11pm, Dry Drayton Village Hall. Food will be served from 6pm to 8pm.

The event will follow a similar format – this time we’ll be serving home-made beef (and veggie) chilli with rice, medium and mild, again £5 for a standard serving and £3 for a small. Jon from Lord Conrad’s will be joining us again and providing the pub side of things, with all our favorite beers to look forward to. There will also be wine and soft drinks available for those who are less keen on beer.

Colin and Amanda O’Neill, the new tenants of the Black Horse, will be joining us for the event and are keen to say hello and meet everyone so please come along and show them your support! At about 8pm we’ll have a brief update on the pub and Colin and Amanda will introduce themselves.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone again for what we hope will be another great community get-together, please put Saturday the 28th October in your diaries!

**UPDATE** – Drinks for the evening will be:

Ales: Horny Goat (pale), Conkerwood (black) (V),
Lager: Golden Hare
Cider: Warm mulled by the cup. Bottles of Much Merry and Scratter’s
Wine: white – Pino Grigio, red – TBD.
Soft drinks: Pepsi, J2O


Pop-up News

Pop-up News

Due to circumstances beyond our control we’ve had to bring the Pop-Up pub forward one day to **FRIDAY 29th September** – please update your diaries!

Our local brewery, Lord Conrad’s, will be serving ales and cider from 4pm-11pm, and we’ve been told there are a few bottles of the ‘Save The Black Horse’ special beer left which will also be sold on a first-come first-served basis (get in quick if you want some!).

We will be serving curry (with rice) from 6pm-8pm. We’ll have standard and small sized servings of meat and veggie options, mild and medium – so hopefully something for everyone to warm themselves with now the weather is getting colder. Standard servings will be £5 and small servings £3. Any profit will be used to offset the costs incurred in our campaign.

At about 8pm we will have a brief update on what we know about the new tenants and their plans for the pub, as well as what we plan to do now the Black Horse is going to be re-opened. We have made contact with the new tenants, Colin and Amanda O’Neill, who are currently working very hard getting the pub ready to re-open (hopefully) before the end of the year. They have told us their plan is to re-open as a pub serving food and also plan to open during the day providing a cafe service. We would like to extend our warmest welcome to Colin and Amanda and wish them well with their new enterprise!

Our sincere apologies for the date change. We are very much looking forward to seeing everyone at the pop-up event, updating people on what is happening and enjoying a drink or two in support of the Black Horse.

See you on **FRIDAY 29th SEPTEMBER in Dry Drayton Village Hall!**

P.S. the drinks menu for the evening will be:

Golden Hare 4% lager
Old Brown Mouse 4.2% old English brown bitter
Conkerwood 4.5% black coffee and liquorice porter
Spiffing Wheeze 3.9% pale ale with lemongrass
Angry Wasp cider 6.5% dry
Local soft juice drinks

Lease Sold!

Lease Sold!

At our public meeting on the 4th August we mentioned rumors that the lease for the Black Horse was about to be sold, but we had no substantive evidence this was the case. Yesterday we were made aware of a removals van outside the pub and today we have a sign saying lease sold – so the rumors appear to have been true!

We have not yet made contact with the new tenants but are looking forward to meeting them and hearing their plans for the pub. We hope our efforts so far will help guide them in what services they provide and we will be on hand to help and advise as needed.

So what next? For now we are carrying on as normal, but will review the situation as we get more information. We will of course keep everyone updated via our blog, social media and newsletter at this exciting time.

A big thank you once again to everyone who has come with us on this journey so far – having raised £200,000 in pledges to date we’ve proved beyond doubt (to South Cambs District Council, as well as ourselves!) that we do not want to lose our pub. We have also really enjoyed getting together with so many of you over a pint or chatting at meetings or events.

**NOTE we will still be holding our pop-up pub on the 30th September 5-11pm in the Village Hall**

On the 30th we will also give a short update on what is happening and hopefully by this point we can start looking forward to getting together again for a pint at the Black Horse!

-The Black Horse Steering Group