The Clarence is a family affair

A RESOLUTE mother and her son decided to keep it in the family when they took over a  newly refurbished village pub.

Now cheery Kath Tarkenter and her son Darrell are the new mine hosts at the handsome Clarence Hotel  at the gateway to Greenfield.FAMILY TEAM: Kath and Darrell Tarkenter

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.

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