A RESOLUTE mother and her son decided to keep it in the family when they took over a newly refurbished village pub.
And at a time many pubs are facing an uncertain future, the dynamic duo say enthusiastic locals are already giving them support in their mission.
Kath, a former operations manager at a retail company, confessed:”The only time I had been into a pub was for a drink before we took over the Clarence.
“But I candidly believe the only way to make an opportunity is to do something for yourself. You never get anywhere if you don’t have a go. You have to believe in something – then go for it.
“The most wonderful thing is the regulars want to see the pub succeed. They have come to say personal thank-you’s to us for keeping the pub open – and they have offered some good ideas to support us.”
Kath runs the front of house at the pub which had a dazzling array of quality real ales served from behind a modern new bar.
And Darrell has taken over the kitchen. “I’m not a chef,” he said candidly.
“I am a cook and I provide quality, hearty locally sourced food including good quality meats and puddings. I am humbled by the comments I have received from diners.”
Now, in addition to traditional home-prepared rag puddings, he is planning to link his culinary offerings to the fine cask ales.
Customers can sample a trio beers, served in special third of a pint glasses – plus mini dishes of tasty morsels to complement them.
“For example, I plan to introduce mini roast beef and Yorkshire puddings, excellent cheese with homemade pickle and other tip-bit dishes in miniature so customers can sample my food linked to the beers.”
And, addition to the stylishly refurbished lounge, the couple have installed a real fireplace in a cosy side room with comfortable sofas and chairs adding to pubs welcoming atmosphere.
“It’s an ideal place for a relaxing drink or a meal after walking to nearby Dovestone or the Peak District National Park,” added Kath.