Leaping into life as landlords of renowned community pub

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NEW landlady of The White Hart in Lissington Kirsty Rose is literally jumping into life running the 16th century pub.

Having taken over at the popular village inn last week with her business partner Ants Woolnough, Kirsty is already getting involved in the community, hosting and participating in a charity bungee jump on Saturday, October 29, despite being terrified of heights.

Kirsty will be making the 200ft leap for Asthma UK in memory of Faldingworth Primary School pupil Gemma Weaver, who died from the condition aged 10 in March this year.

She said: “I’m terrified, frightfully scared of heights, but it is for a very good cause and should make a lot of money.

“The point of having the pub is we want to be an integral part of the community, we want this to be the place people come to and if scaring myself silly helps, being the pub landlady, it falls on me to do that.”

Anyone can join in with the bungee jumping fun, but will need to pay or raise £60 in sponsorship for the charity, which Kirsty has already raised £300 for.

Having taken over The White Hart at 9.30am on October 17, the duo opened the doors of the pub just two hours later and say they have already received a warm welcome from the surrounding community.

The pubs renowned steaks and Sunday lunch will remain, but the duo, who have moved to the area from Essex, have a new chef, Shaun Thompson, who was trained by celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager, and will be shortly revamping the menu, which has not changed for years.

And for the first time the bar is now open all day every day - 11am to 11pm Monday to Saturday, and 12pm to 10.30pm on a Sunday.

And despite the difficult economic climate Ants said they have already had people filling the pub.

He said: “As long as somewhere is run correctly there is no reason business should not succeed.

“There will be lots of exciting developments over the coming months.”

The duo are also accepting ideas for what people would like to see in the pub, with a prize of a dinner for two for the best one.

Kirsty added: “If there is a need for a mother and baby class or a book club we are looking to provide for the local community.”

You can also now find The White Hart on Facebook by searching for ‘bestpubnearlincoln’.