Le­gendary White Horse reined in

Manawatu Standard - - NEWS - PAUL MITCHELL

It may be the end of the line for a le­gendary Manawatu¯ bar, as it goes up for sale.

The White Horse Inn has been a Long­burn in­sti­tu­tion for more than three decades and in its hey­day was a reg­u­lar stop for freez­ing work­ers and tour­ing rock bands.

But after two months on the mar­ket, its fu­ture was still un­cer­tain un­less a buyer could be found.

Prop­erty Bro­kers real es­tate agency Kevin Car­ian said the inn had at­tracted a lot of prospec­tive buy­ers, but no-one had made an of­fer.

Many of the in­ter­ested buy­ers were de­vel­op­ers looking to turn the site into hous­ing or com­mer­cial real es­tate as Long­burn grew, par­tic­u­larly with Palmer­ston North’s ris­ing pop­u­la­tion and new com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ments in the area, Car­ian said.

‘‘But it’d be nice for it to stay as a pub, be­cause of its his­tory. It’s been around for over 30 years. It’s an icon for the area.’’

Car­ian said the bar was a well-known rock’n roll hot-spot back in the 80s and a reg­u­lar stop on the na­tional tour cir­cuit.

For­mer Mut­ton Birds bassist Alan Gregg cut his teeth play­ing in bands at the White Horse and other Palmer­ston North pubs, be­fore he moved to Auck­land and joined the clas­sic Kiwi rock group in the early 90s.

Bruce Mcguigan has owned and run the White Horse for the past 10 years, but was sell­ing up to en­joy his re­tire­ment.

He has owned or man­aged bars for 35 years and felt he’d done his dash.

‘‘I’ve had a good run, but it’s harder go­ing than it used to be. It’s partly health rea­sons and age, but I need to step back and take it slow.’’

Once the White Horse sold he planned to move on qui­etly with a min­i­mum of fuss, which was how he liked to do ev­ery­thing, he said.

‘‘There won’t be any­thing big, just some­thing for my good old reg­u­lars. They’ll all know when.’’


Matthew Broadley, 9, with an au­to­mated Lego Star Wars AT-AT walker, which he helped his dad build.


White Horse Inn owner Bruce Mcguigan is looking to re­tire.

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