Monday, 29 March 2010

A New Landlady

As expected our new landlady has been signed up (or should that be snapped up?) by Lees and duly installed in the Tavern. Sarah is a local farmer's daughter and knows the place, so all should be well at the THT. Her family has run the pub before in the dim and distant past. She is in fact related to the alleged pub ghost, though I fortunately never encountered that even late at night and alone in the pub. She has brightened the place up a little (less red, more white) and the beer was fine. The food menu has been cut back to substantial snacks rather than full meals, though what came out of the kitchen still looked good and all the meat is locally sourced. The pub was busy and it seems that on her opening night it was so full that the till shuffled off its mortal coil, or, went to silicon heaven in its case.

A host of farmer's daughters were helping her on Sunday and all seemed well with the world. We all breathed a sigh of relief as our pub is safe for a while at least. It will take some time for Sarah to stamp her personality on things and get the place the way she wants it, but a start has been made. Lees seasonal beers will appear soon and from my point of view the only negative is that San Miguel has replaced Bohemia Regent, but I'm guessing Sarah feels that San Mig will be the better seller.

My next visit will be Wednesday for our Quiz League match where after match snacks are required. "No problem" says Sarah. Good stuff.

Photo to follow. I forgot on Sunday.


Neville Grundy said...

Good news. Saved by the bell, as it weren't.

Paul Bailey said...

Pleased to hear your good news, Tandleman. Hope all goes well for the new landlady.

Stonch said...

Hope you're paying for those "after match snacks"! Otherwise your visit will result in lost revenue for the pub!

Last week the London supporters club of a Midlands football team kindly (!) offered to start meeting in my pub as opposed to another local boozer, so long as I'd give them free food!

My response was to offer to get our chef to put them together a £10pp buffet... to be fair they agreed.

Tandleman said...

Indeed we do pay Jeff, but at Northern prices. The advantage to the landlady is that she gets about 15 ale supping people in the pub on an otherwise quiet night. We don't pay much above cost for the snacks, but she makes her money in beer.

She won't be making a loss and £10 pp for what we want would not work for us or for her.