It’s all been a bit of a whirlwind for Sally and Rob Stutely-Brown since they met just six months ago.
After meeting and falling in love, they got married less than a month ago and have now bought a pub together.
Sally (40) said she has always dreamed of running her own pub, so when she saw the Jolly Crispin in Lutton was up for sale she ran the idea past Rob.
Saying he ‘relished a challenge’ he left behind his job in the motor trade to join his new wife in a fresh venture.
Sally, who previously lived in Long Sutton, is no stranger to being behind the bar as she has worked in pubs since she was 18 and was the manageress at the Riverside in Sutton Bridge.
She said: “This is quite a bit different to being a manager. There you might have to order the beer and so on, but owning a pub, the amount of paperwork is ridiculous. I think I’ve already aged about 10 years!”
They are excited about the challenge, however, and after buying the pub, they moved into its accommodation with Sally’s son Jack (18), daughter Lucy (9) and Boxer dog Roxy.
Rob (38) was living in Skegness and worked for Andrew Page Auto Parts in Boston as a sales manager when he met Sally.
He said: “I loved my job and my boss didn’t want me to leave but this seemed an opportunity too good to miss. It is something Sally has always dreamed of doing and because it is our own business there is only Sally to say ‘no’ to me.”
The couple married on August 22 at King’s Lynn Town Hall. He said: “When you meet the right woman – you just know.”
The Jolly Crispin was run for over three years by South African couple Nanette and Ken Neely who introduced cuisine from their hometown to the menu.
At one time, the pub also housed the village post office.
Now, the new owners have put traditional ‘pub grub’ back on the menu, serving up favourites such as lasagnes, chillis, sandwiches, kids’ meals, desserts and ham, egg and chips. The former orange exterior has gone with the pub being given a fresh lick of paint and a new lease of life. The popular monthly Sunday quiz is staying.
“It has very much a community atmosphere.” Sally added.
The pub opens Monday to Thursday 11am-3pm and 6pm-11pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-11pm and Sunday 11am-10.30pm.