A Spalding pub thought to be the oldest building in the town is getting a welcome makeover to the delight of regulars.
The roof is going up at the Ye Olde White Horse in Churchgate where landlords Jason Kibble and Sean Packham have brought in self-styled Master Thatcher of Lincolnshire Stewart Alexander (pictured) to re-roof and re-ridge the pub which dates back to 1553.
Jason said: “We’re doing it for our customers because the pub was always known as an old man’s drinking place, but that’s slowly changing.
“Young people are now coming in and quite a few people who aren’t even customers have come in and said ‘thank you for doing the pub up’.
Stewart, based in Lincoln, said: “There are quite a few buildings dotted about with thatched roofs but they are something you would never really notice because you don’t go looking for them.
“Re-ridging is done to protect the top course of the thatch and it’s the same thing with most properties that have thatched roofs.”
Jason and Sean took on the running of the pub in June and made an immediate impact by carrying out major decorating exercise both inside and outside the place where Mary Queen of Scots is reported to have stayed for one night in 1566.
“Sean and I worked in a pub in the Cotswolds but we wanted our own pub and we looked at various ones round our area.
“But when we came to have a look at this one, we loved it straight away, even though we saw a lot of thing that we thought needing doing to it.
“We’ve been lucky that the owner has been alright with us on everything we’ve done, including food orders from 12pm to 9pm every day, bingo on Mondays, a pensioners’ coffee morning on Tuesdays, a meat raffle on Fridays and a quiz night on Sundays.
“The customers have noticed that we’ve made an effort to improve the pub which I quite like because it has a lot of character and history.”
Ye Olde White Horse is hosting a Halloween fancy dress party on Friday and plans are also being made for a Christmas bazaar in the pub’s car park, alongside the pub’s festive menu which is available from November 14 until Christmas Eve.
Jason said: “The one thing I do like about this pub is that you can walk in here on your own and other people will chat to you.
“This is a traditional, old English pub and that’s the selling point I try to put across to people.
“I wouldn’t want to ruin the character of the building by doing anything to it and everyone here is so supportive because they know that wanting to improve the pub.”