New life breathed into Spalding pubs

Toni Measures and Keiran Dokuyucu outside the Lincolnshire Poacher
Toni Measures and Keiran Dokuyucu outside the Lincolnshire Poacher
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Big plans are in full swing to reopen the restaurant at Spalding’s Lincolnshire Poacher Inn now chef Toni Measures and partner Kieran Dokuyucu have taken the helm.

The Holbeach couple moved in this week and plan to open the bar area this evening (Thursday) while the restaurant has a major makeover and redecoration in readiness for its launch with mouth watering, home-made food on Saturday, October 3.

A wide range of entertainment – including live music and quiz nights – is also on the menu for the Double Street pub.

Meanwhile David Higgins and Caroline Melville, who were at the Poacher for the last 14 months, have moved to Spalding’s Hole in the Wall pub where they will continue to focus on live music and sprinkle in the chance to dance on their Northern Soul nights.

Mum of two Toni (30) has been working for the last few months as a chef at Tydd St Giles Golf and Country Club but left because running the Poacher’s restaurant “was too good an opportunity to miss”.

She’s already worked out fabulous menus for lunchtime and evening diners and will add in some game dishes, most likely rabbit and venison, to fit in with the pub’s name.

A pizza oven is also on its way so the pub can serve real, Italian-style pizzas

Toni said: “I am so excited I can barely sleep.”

Kieran (30) said: “I am jumping for joy. I can’t wait to get this place lively, get it moving and get it nice and vibrant and see people coming in, having a good time and meeting other people.”

Their front of house manager is Steph Casaluci (43).

Steph said the entertainment will include live bands, quiz nights, meat raffles and DJs.

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The Hole in the Wall pub, in Hole in the Wall Passage, is due to open tomorrow and will open seven days a week from midday.

Live music was the big thing for David and Caroline when they were at the Poacher and they will continue this by booking a range of bands and solo artists while keeping admission free for their customers.

October 2 is their first Northern Soul night and David is creating space for a dance floor. There are also plans for a Facebook page under the pub name to list the entertainment line-up.