Chris is called back to bar

Back behind the bar: White Hart landlord Chris Anderson with his wife TO COME
Back behind the bar: White Hart landlord Chris Anderson with his wife TO COME

JUST a few weeks ago landlord Chris Anderson celebrated pulling his last pint after 33-years serving drinkers at his pub in Lissington.

But Chris’s retirement was short-lived – new landlords Kirsty Rose and Anthony Woolnough have left the White Hart pub just three weeks after taking it over.

The move comes after many White Hart regulars complained to Chris about changes to the food being served after his departure – he claims he has had more complaints in the past three weeks than he had in the last 33 years.

The long-serving landlord could not bear to see his customers disappointed – and because Kirsty and Anthony had not finalised the takeover contract everyone decided it would be best if Chris resumed his position.

Chris, who is still going to semi-retire, will leave the day-to-day running of the pub to daughter Karen Bradford and Lynn Dobson.

He said: “I want to let everyone know we’re up and running as normal again – and my staff will be serving the same food we’ve always served, the meals people keep coming back for.

“I’ll be in charge of the business overall, taking care of things like accounts and buying in the fish and meat, but I’m not going to be pulling pints every night like I’ve done for the past 33 years.”

Former landlord Anthony, who has since moved back to Essex, said he parted on good terms with Chris and would happily travel to Lincolnshire for a meal at the White Hart.

He said: “That pub has been unchanged for 33 years. When we went in we did make changes – some people liked them and a lot of people didn’t like them.

“The regulars Chris has always had weren’t happy with the change. For example, Chris’s steak was always served in a specific way and his regulars who came every week weren’t happy that we had a chef doing things differently.”