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Long Sutton publican continues renovation of historic Holbeach pub




Progress continues to be made with the renovation of a Holbeach pub.

Sean and Dana Portass are another step closer to finishing the works at the Red Lion in Holbeach, where oak bar tops have been installed and carpets are due to be fitted in the coming weeks.

The renovation project has been running for around five years, with the couple ensuring that the pub has been sympathetically rejuvenated with quality fitments.

Progress in the Red Lion in Holbeach (44350377)
Progress in the Red Lion in Holbeach (44350377)

He said: “We keep getting closer with the Red Lion and people are asking me every week what’s happening.

“The carpet fitter should be coming in in three weeks and then the seating should be in in five weeks. It’s starting to look and feel like a pub now.

“The only bit which isn’t finished is the chalets at the back but we are moving forward there too and they’re nearly finished.”

Palmers Long Sutton re opening after 3 months..Dana Portass and Sean Portass. (38055652)
Palmers Long Sutton re opening after 3 months..Dana Portass and Sean Portass. (38055652)

As the pub takes shape, Sean, who also owns Palmers Ale House and Kitchen in Long Sutton, says he will wait to see what happens with lockdown restrictions and pub reopening rules before he makes a decision on opening.

Reports earlier this month suggested that as part of lockdown lifting measures, the Government were looking to allow pubs and restaurants to reopen in April but without the ability to sell alcohol.

Sean said: “It’s too early to tell on opening up really but I want to do it properly. It’s like with Palmers - without alcohol I won’t be opening.

The new bar going in at The Red Lion in Holbeach.Photo supplied. (42534393)
The new bar going in at The Red Lion in Holbeach.Photo supplied. (42534393)

“It’s the same principle with the Red Lion. It won’t be open until I can do it fully.

“I’m lucky as I own the buildings, I don’t have a mortgage I need to pay on them so it’s not really costing me a penny being closed. To be fair to the Government, they have given us quite a few quid and I can’t knock them for that.

“I do think that the Government has looked after the industry with the money and by helping us to keep staff through the furlough scheme. I know that everyone is moaning about it but there’s definitely people out there who are a lot worse off than us.”



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