Spalding's Lincolnshire Poacher pub opening again on Friday
It’s a Spalding pub with a long history, a little chequered of late. But The Lincolnshire Poacher is being thrown a lifeline on Friday.
It is reopening at 6pm with the aim to restore it to the vibrant place it once was. Alongside the real ales is the hope to have regular live music and good food.
Retired Spalding Fire Station watch manager Nigel Woods, grandson Konner Woods and family friend Rosemary Corrigan are behind the venture.
The pub will be a freehouse and has been taken on on an initial six-month lease. Part of the business plan includes income from seven flats at the premises.
Teetotal Nigel (69), who served 47 years at Spalding and Donington, said: “I used to look after the fire station social club, so it’s not really new to me - it’s just a bigger project. We just thought why not give it a go and see if we can make some money.”
Konner says the setting of the pub, alongside the River Welland in Double Street, was a big factor.
“It’s a place full of character and the riverside location is lovely,” he said. “People always say they want live music and we’re hoping to have that at least every other week.”
The pub will be open at lunchtimes and evenings in midweek and longer at weekends. Initially, only the bar will be open. The restaurant will follow soon.
Nigel runs Spalding and District Thursday and Sunday pool leagues and wants to have Poacher teams.
Konner said they recognise the challenge faced by pubs today, adding: “There will always be competition on price from places like Wetherspoon. We’re happy to hear suggestions on what people want. It’s important they’re happy - if they’re happy, they’ll hopefully keep coming back.”
The Poacher, originally a 17th century inn, last closed in February 2018, two years after a £100,000 refurbishment.