Tough stance to be taken as troubled Spalding pub reopens

Paul and Alan Browne in the revamped restaurant in the Royal Mail Cart.
Paul and Alan Browne in the revamped restaurant in the Royal Mail Cart.
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A FAMILY who are returning to pull pints at a Spalding pub for a third time say they will be maintaining a zero tolerance stance on drugs and underage drinking.

Alan and Marjorie Browne, along with their son and daughter-in-law Paul and Heather Browne, hope to have the bar at the Royal Mail Cart on Pinchbeck Road up and running again at lunchtime tomorrow.

The pub closed earlier this year and its reputation was marred after former landlady Sue Stoker was caught serving underage drinkers and had her premises licence removed.

The Browne family are now determined to turn its fortunes around.

Alan said: “We, as guarantors to the pub company, were obliged to take the pub back.

“We are back again after four years and we came back to a rather dilapidated building, which we have cleaned totally from top to bottom and end to end.

“Everything that can be moved has been cleaned and anything that can’t has been painted and we have refurbished where we can.

“We’ve done a big makeover in the restaurant and we’ve put in a new carvery.”

The restaurant will be ready to open on Tuesday, while the outside of the pub is due to be repainted when the weather improves.

The Browne family first arrived behind the bar at the Royal Mail Cart in 2003. They sold it a couple of years later to a member of staff, but then found themselves back when it fell on hard times another 20 months down the line.

Alan said the family sold it on to Mrs Stoker once it had been built up again, “thinking that she would never part with it again”.

He said: “The previous two times we have never once had a visit from someone we shouldn’t have done or had any trouble.

“We have no intention of allowing any underage drinking or drug taking in the pub. It’s an automatic ban for anyone who does.”

Alan says the family is looking forward to welcoming back various sports teams to the pub. Anyone interested in joining should call in at the bar.