Best Turnaround: Old Swan, Earls Barton
Paul Dexter and Keith Goddard
The Old Swan is a community pub in the ever expanding village of Earls Barton, and is run by local residents, Paul and Keith. The pair wanted to make a real difference to their small town by totally transforming the closed pub into what it is now. They have totally redecorated the pub, introducing a lively family theme to the rear dining area, whilst refurbishing the front area in a traditional style.
They have totally engaged with the community and listened to their needs and wants, introducing themed nights, live music, free cheese and port night, and even local roast dinner deliveries to the elderly, along with charity nights raising over £10,000 in total.
The drinks offer has been expanded to cater for the whole community, with the pub selling a total of 110 gins, five quality ales, premium lagers and other beers. The team really live and breathe their catchphrase, ‘your local, keep it local’.
Best Turnaround Finalists
Off the Tap, Maidenhead
Off the Tap (formerly the White Horse) is a large pub located at the very top of the high street. Once an unpleasant pub avoided by most locals, the pub has now been transformed into a favourite amongst the community.
Since reopening as Off the Tap, the fortunes and reputation of the pub have been completely transformed, into a trendy young pub serving the widest range of Craft Beer and arguably the best artisan pizza for miles around, to Maidenhead’s office crowd in the week and 20s/30s at the weekend, completely changing their customer base.
Spread Eagle, Darrington
The Spread Eagle, also known as the Spread, is a semi-rural village pub based in West Yorkshire. Since Andrew, a former RAF officer and local resident, took over the pub, the Spread has been re-established at the centre of the community, which is a significant difference to the derelict building it once was.
Andrew and his team have worked incredibly hard to not only transform the building itself, but also encourage locals back to their pub.
The Spread now offers a warm welcome to anyone who visits, and a fantastic food menu which has brought Andrew’s vision of the pub becoming the hub of the community to life.