Return to roots proves popular with drinkers

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New owners have taken a village pub back to its roots and say they are reaping the rewards.

The Hare in Main Street, Loddington, had been turned into a restaurant under a previous owner. But new management team Simon Andrews and Dave Roberts have returned the venue to its status as the village’s traditional pub.

Mr Andrews said: “We took over last year and it was running mainly as a restaurant. We’ve taken it back to a village pub, so we entertain drinking as well as serving food.

“We’ve started refurbishing the dining area and hope to have that completed by the spring. After that we want to get the gardens looking nice for the summer.

“The previous landlord didn’t entertain many people from the village – it was just upmarket dining.

“The villagers have got their pub back. We were very busy on our first night and we were apologising as people were waiting 10 minutes to be served.

“But they said it was OK as they had been already been waiting for the past 10 years.”

Previous owner Mike Stephens told the Evening Telegraph in 2008 that the licensing trade was enduring its worst period in 40 years.

Mr Andrews managed The Swan in Braybrooke for six years and said the menu he is offering is very similar to what he did there.

The pub offers food and drink every day of the week, with two main courses for £12 between 6pm and 7pm.

There is also a quiz night every Sunday at 7pm and a poker league every Monday.

Mr Andrews said: “We always have four real ales on tap and at least one from a local brewery.

“We’re going back to a village pub’s roots and offering things to attract a wider customer base.

“It’s nice for the people of the village as it gives them somewhere to go and meet up with friends.”

The pub also has a happy hour with drinks on offer every day from 5pm until 6pm.

For more information about The Hare call 01536 710337.