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Ladies and Gentlemen, we present to you a certifiable Hororata icon. No, it’s not a pie recipe. This horseshoe shaped bar, displaced in the September 2010 quake, was the star of the show at the old Hororata Hotel. The identity of its original craftsman remains one of the great mysteries of modern man, despite all attempts made by The Laboratory’s proprietors! You can imagine the excitement when this item came into the fold in a 2011 auction. This feeling was followed closely by the realisation that it needed to be disassembled and cleared within 48 hours. (A few pints were shared after that mad dash of a weekend.) The industrial engineers among us might raise an eyebrow at the old horse shoe design, but we like to think that more than a few yarns will be spun from across that bar. Next time you find yourself weaving a tale about the bad old days, rest easy knowing that your drink is proudly standing on a true piece of Canterbury history.

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