Two men are giving a new lease of life to a pub that stood empty for several years.
Business partners David and Leigh Coulam-Kelsall are the new owners of The Bull’s Neck in Penny Hill near Holbeach and they are already proving a breath of fresh air to the former coaching inn.
Since reopening just over a week ago, the pub is drawing in customers with its refurnished dining area, attractive wines and ales list and imaginative menu, including seared scallops, smothered chicken and home-made Bull’s Neck burgers with cheese, bacon, special relish and chips.
David, a former luxury car dealer from Boston, said: “I had a look round the pub in February and felt sad to see this gorgeous-looking pub just falling apart like an abandoned building.
“It was a very well-known pub for its food many years ago and it seemed such a waste to see it empty, so myself and Leigh are hoping to make it even better than it was before.”
The pub is committed to using locally-sourced food for its dishes and the partners are planning to breed their own herd of pigs in an effort to be partially self-sufficient.
David said: “We’ve invested so much time and energy into reviving this pub for everyone to enjoy because it’s invaluable to the community, even though community pubs are a dying breed.
“It’s been a real rollercoaster ride but the pub now has a stylish look of its own and it’s very unique to the area.”
The Bull’s Neck has so far relied on social media to attract customers.
But awareness of its varied and delicious dishes such as tomato, garlic and basil bruschetta, ham hock terrine and Malteaser cheesecake is growing.
Leigh, a trained accountant, said: “It’s the first time we’ve done this together but it’s gone extremely well and the menu, particularly Sunday lunches, has drawn people to the pub.
“Most people are glad the pub has finally reopened as a place serving food, rather than pool and darts, and our real ales have gone down a storm.
“There’s a unique character to the pub and this really is the start of a new era for The Bull’s Neck.”