Landlady toasts revamped pub’s growing success

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A Milnthorpe pub is reaping the rewards of its £100,000 refurbishment with a rise in customer numbers.

The Bull’s Head also has a new licensee, Sylvia Wheeler, who signed a long-term lease agreement in July.

One major change at the traditional country inn is the introduction of food for the first time, with home-made pub classics proving a hit.

Sylvia, who has 25 years’ experience in the pub trade, said: “This pub means a lot to me and I could always see its potential to be at the heart of the community but had a stream of temporary operators who would come and go. I wanted to take it on and make it my own.

“I have received a lot of support from the locals since I took the pub on four months ago.

“I have seen a lot of old faces return and I have also brought in some new customers from the surrounding villages.”

The refurbishment included upgrading the venue’s four letting rooms to make them more contemporary and modern.

Andrew Stones, of owners Punch Taverns, said: “It’s great to see people who are so passionate about the pub and what it means to the local community.”

He added: “The pub is performing extremely well and I have every confidence this will continue into the New Year and beyond.”