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Spalding Punchbowl couple Pete and Steph aren't renewing lease on their town pub

Spalding publicans Pete and Steph Williams are in a countdown to quitting the Punchbowl and won't renew the lease next March.

Pete and Steph are moving to pastures new, as is their son, Ben, manager at the New Road pub.

Pete (65) said: "It's going to be a very sad time, it's going to be a very happy time."

When they leave, Pete and Steph will have given 22 years of their lives to the Punchbowl - while Ben, 40 in July, will have spent more than half of his life there.

Last orders for Pete and Steph Williams as they decide not to renew their lease on the Punchbowl next March. (300419-4)
Last orders for Pete and Steph Williams as they decide not to renew their lease on the Punchbowl next March. (300419-4)

The Williams don't have a new venture in mind although Pete says he and Steph are not retiring.

Pete said: "We are just looking at options, seeing what comes up.

"We won't be retiring, we will just be looking for something else."

Pete has stood down as a district councillor for St Paul's ward and says part of the reason is he doesn't know where he will be in a year's time.

"I wouldn't want to cause another by-election if we move slightly out of the area," he said.

Pete has also revealed the Punchbowl is unlikely to continue in its traditional pub form.

He believes it will open as a designer establishment, "probably more of a sports bar, although that's not been confirmed".

In January 2018, Pete told the Spalding Guardian that he and his family were set to pull their last pints in the town and that he and his family planned to "move on and do other things in our lives".

The interview came in the wake of trouble at the pub but also during an era that has seen the pub trade in decline and pubs shut.

One incident ended with Pete and Ben appearing in court for the way they dealt with a drunken man who smashed a window.

Pete was fined £600 for punching Gary Ward, who had been told to leave after causing damage at the Punchbowl, while Ben was fined £400 for his part in the incident.

After the court case, Pete said: "I do feel that the judge was very fair and his decision reflected the huge amount of pressure that publicans are under at the moment to deal with trouble at their premises.

"Ninety nine per cent of my customers are lovely and wonderful, but it only takes one person to ruin it all."

This week Pete said Spalding had lost half its pubs since the family moved here.

Previous stories have included:

Spalding pub landlord and district councillor Peter Williams 'deeply ashamed' but vindicated after fine for lashing out at drunk barred from pub

Last orders for ‘Punchbowl Pete’ at Spalding pub

Spalding pub landlord fined £600 after punching drunk who smashed his window


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