Last Christmas for Spalding's 'Punchbowl Pete' and family
It's a time of mixed emotions for Spalding pub landlord Pete Williams and his family as they approach their last Christmas at the Punchbowl.
Fixtures and fittings - including an iconic yellow submarine - are being stripped out of the premises as the pub must be returned to the way it was when they first picked up the keys in 1998.
A temporary feature has been added on behalf of the family, including Pete's wife, Steph, and their son, Ben.
It's a sign saying: "We would like to thank all of our customers for the love and support that we have had over the last 22 years."
Pete says he and his family have come to know three generations of customers' families.
The Williams announced in January 2018 that they were ready "to move on and do other things", and Pete says now they will miss their customers but not the pub life.
He said this week: "It's mixed emotions, you know. The customers are just amazing - they are supporting us, and it's just so wonderful."
The Punchbowl will open throughout the festive period, except New Year's Day, and will have extensions to 3am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Pete says the pub is scrapping its usual door entry charge on New Year's Eve.
The Punchbowl's pizza kitchen will serve its last ever pizzas on New Year's Eve, as that's another fixture that must go. Also going is the pub's East Midlands in Bloom award-winning garden.
Pete says: "Every bit of greenery must go."
* The last day of opening at the New Road pub will be Sunday, February 16, although the family will be around after that as they continue preparing the premises for handover to the brewery.
Also previously from www.spaldingtoday.co.uk
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