A NEW lease of life has been to The Sutton Arms in Scawby.
After being taken over by Darren Lance, the pub, which closed its doors last month, is set to re-open on Thursday, September 27.
As owner of The George Inn, The White Swan and The Advocate Arms, all situated in Market Rasen, Darren has seen much success, most notably with The Advocate Arms, which boasts a five-star restaurant and rooms that recently secured a coveted AA Rosette for food quality.
Previously run by the Almey family for many years, placing it at the heart of the commuity, the closure of the pub was a sad sight for the residents of Scawby.
Such sights are becoming common across the region: many pubs that have long acted as cornerstones to rural communities face closure, or have already shutdown.
The Sutton Arms seemed destined to join them, but Darren, as a local who lives just 100 yards away, was determined that the much-loved Sutton Arms should not lie empty.
He explains why keeping a good pub at the heart of a rural community is so important to him: “The Sutton Arms has always had a good reputation for food quality. ‘Bobs and Hers’ pies are famous in the area and something of a local tradition.
“We’re keeping favourites like this, but giving the menu and the pub itself some extra love and attention with some changes to the decoration and improvements to the range of ales and wines, in line with what we know customers want.”
This should be welcome news to Scawby residents to know their local pub will not be unrecogniseable, retaining much of it’s traditional atmosphere.
However, Darren talks of his new ideas for the pub and it is undoubtedly this vision which will give The Sutton Arms the boost it needs.
Darren added: “In challenging economic times, plenty of pubs are struggling.
“But we know from experience that if we create a strong point of difference with the quality of our food and environment as well as offering tasty, homemade food at affordable prices, people will come.
“We’re also varying our opening times, so we’re open for coffee and cake from 10am, making us a great venue for people wanting to meet for a chat, or to come out, relax and read a paper.”
Furthermore, The Sutton Arms will have Christmas menus available from next week, for those planning their festivities early and the pub team will be actively seeking feedback from their customers on these and all aspects of the pub experience.
With doors officially opening on Thursday, September 27, lines are open and bookings are already being taken on 01652 652430.