THE new manager of The White Horse is waiting in trepidation for episode eight of Channel Five’s The Hotel Inspector.
Claire Anderton has been at the Risby inn for less than a month, replacing a predecessor who left on the last day of filming for the Channel Five programme. So Claire has no idea what was said about the place, what was filmed or how The White Horse will be portrayed.
She says the owners, Ann and Paul Wrigley, were filmed for it but they do not know what was said by staff when they were not around.
Unlike some places that have appeared in programme, now in its seventh series, The White Horse is not a dump but a traditional country pub and inn, with its Sunday carvery and a garden with bouncy castle.
Claire said: “I think they’ve probably gone on the strong characters that were here. But even if they say its absolutely hideous people will still come and have a nose around. They might be disappointed, but they’ll still come.”
The programme features hotelier Alex Polizzi visiting small hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts and telling them what they are doing wrong, though some appear to be doing nearly everything wrong.
Claire says the programme approached the inn about featuring it and among the things they filmed was turning the manager’s flat into a five-person family room and giving the lounge a makeover. The programme is scheduled for broadcast on June 6.