A pub is hoping to put itself back at the heart of the community with a new manager and new chef.
Tom Roberts recently took over as manager of The Crown in Wellingborough and he has been joined by Phillip Ferguson in the kitchen, who is hoping to offer a variety of freshly produced meals using locally sourced products.
The pub kitchen has been closed for nine months, but Phillip is confident that his new menu will cater for all tastes and attract new customers through the door.
Tom said: “This used to be a really popular place to come and eat so the idea is to get the food side back up and running and make it a community pub.”
Phillip said: “We want people to come and enjoy the pub.
“It is such a beautiful pub, it’s in a lovely area and is a great location.
“There’s lots of passing trade so it is just about getting them in.”
Phillip, who used to work at The Bell Inn in Finedon, is hoping to provide high quality food which is freshly made with local produce.
A bar menu will be served in the main bar area and a dining menu, including starters, mains and puddings as well as a children’s menu, will be available in the second bar.
This room can seat 30 people and can be hired out for private functions.
There will be traditional roasts on a Sunday as well as a number of new clubs during the week, including an over-55s club and the 3.15pm club where children eat for £1.50 and adults for £3.15.
The pub is also set to start serving breakfast from October 10 at 6am.
Phillip said they are ideally placed for people going to and from the train station, and added: “They can come here and have a Northamptonshire sausage in a nice roll and good bacon and they can have it the way they want it.
“We are also going to do good coffee from a place which roasts its own beans.
“It’s all about making the pub a busy little place and a place that people want to come to.”
Phillip has lots of ideas for the pub, and said: “It’s got so much potential.
“If I do the same quality of food that I have been doing in the past and keep up a high standard, I think we can achieve it.”
Redecoration of the pub has started and Phillip invited the mayor and mayoress of Wellingborough Malcolm and Veronica Waters to take a look around, meet staff and enjoy lunch there yesterday (Thursday).
Cllr Waters said: “What you are doing here is offering a good meal with good food at a very good price, and I think people will cotton onto that very quickly.”
The pub is owned by Fred and Diane Ward, who also own The Bold Dragoon in Northampton.
To make a booking at the pub, call 01933 222007.