Legendary White Horse reined in
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.