16th Century, Grade II Listed Building
In the beginning, it was “Closed for Trade”. However, a very attractive, Grade II listed family friendly North Devon Pub / Restaurant. With a 16th Century, classy cottage appeal – coupled with re-establishing itself as a local’s venue, has the potential and opportunity to develop back in to an Inn by way of developing the current landscape for 3 Letting (B&B) accommodations.
Behind Closed Doors: First order was to ensure the pub was cleaned in side and out, from front to back before it could be re-opened. We re-established connections with the necessary suppliers and contractors and procure the best deals possible.
Identity: Based on past tenures, the business had presented itself in many different ways, therefore, we set about connecting with the locals to identify what they were looking for in/from this establishment. This eventually created an image and list as to what stock is needed to form both a new wet and dry offering. Local and more traditional ales/lagers/ciders, as well as locally produced ingredients styled as a gourmet pub menu, but not quite the gastro. Additionally, they would like to see the pub maintain that homely / cottage feel.
Upgrades: Along with plans to upgrade the properties utilities so as it could cope with the new work load. A lot of equipment was either repaired or replaced, with the footprint / floorspace being addresses to ensure either, any future plans could take hold, and or ensure more bums in seats were possible. Further to this, we also ensured locals understood that the establishment was not only an eatery, but was at the end of the day – a drinking establishment.
Innovations: Cellar and dry storage areas where up-graded to meet and beet normal specifications in order to improve the quality of both wet and dry offerings. Furthermore, as there was a shift in the local economic structure (businesses closing), the business also became a takeaway, with the slogon being – “Good food on the Go”, which applied to our Sunday Meal offering, mainly for the more immobile elderly residents as a meals on wheels proposal. Additionally, our future plans also encompassed building 3 high quality ensuite letting rooms.
It worked for us, and the principles used would work for the many… however, we are not accountable for what happens to a business once we have left behind any changes and or handed over any development plans. It would be fair to say that it is all a matter of choice, needless to say, and to date, people have tried it their way and it has not served them as well as they had expected it to have.