A country pub is enjoying a welcome resurgence after being rescued from closure by its new licensee.
When Joe Priamo took over the Yockleton Arms in May the pub had been left closed, but now with a new menu in place and a drive to encourage drinkers back to the venue, the future is looking brighter.
Joe is keen to make the pub a welcoming place for residents, and he wants it to become ‘the local’ for villagers rather than seeing them travel to other villages for a drink. Traditionally the pub has been run solely as a restaurant and Mr Priamo is keen to add a further dimension to his service.
The pub offers three course Sunday lunches at £11.95 for adults and £5.50 for youngsters, with a full menu provided throughout the week.
“We provide good quality British food with sizeable portions,” he said “but we are trying to encourage families here and also people who want to come out just for a drink.
“For 20 years this place was a restaurant and people couldn’t come here to drink, but we are moving away from that, and we are keen to turn it into a community pub which serves good food.
“It’s early days but word of mouth is starting to get around. Even if we are fully booked for meals we will do our best to try to accommodate people.”
Future plans include introducing a children’s play area on the garden, which is fenced to prevent youngsters reaching the B4356 Montgomery Road in front of the pub.
You can book in advance or just turn up for a meal at the Yockleton Arms. For more information call the pub on 01743 821254.