Couple’s cash injection for city music venue

Kevin and Debbi Pegram, landlords at The Pub in Lancaster
Kevin and Debbi Pegram, landlords at The Pub in Lancaster

A pub couple from Lancaster have invested thousands of pounds into their business after deciding to stay and make the most of it.

Kevin and Debbi Pegram, freehold owners of The Pub, in China Street, will be 10 years into their tenure in May 2016, and are planning on staying for up to 10 years more, ensuring Lancaster’s rock music scene continues to thrive.

The couple have given The Pub a massive makeover, with new toilets, carpets, refurbished bar, open fireplace and a reinforced stage area for the bands.

Debbi said: “We’ve had the building for 10 years now and it was really tired when we got it. We decided about six months ago that we’re going to stay, so we thought we’d make it the best it can be.”

The Pub, which is the only building that doesn’t have Listed status in China Street, has benefitted from new electrics and plumbing, extensive new plaster work, new boarding around the walls and a new modern cellar, cooler and fridge system.

Kevin said: “The bar area has been stripped back and sanded and varnished, and we’ve had a new modern cellar system put in.

People really like the open fireplace, so we’re in the process of sorting that out, we’ve reinforced the stage area for performers as well, and some of the windows have been replaced and frames resealed.

“We’re investing in our future and the building’s future.

“Whoever takes it on after us will have a really good start, 10 years down the line or whenever it is we decide to move on.”

As freehold owners, the couple have the last word in terms of how the pub runs, the beer on the bar, and the bands on the stage.

Their suppliers include Robinsons, Marstons and Bank Top breweries for cask ale, and Bookers for the rest.

Robinsons’ Trooper beer has been a runaway success for the pub.

Kevin added: “Being a freehold we have a massive advantage, I really don’t know how some tied pubs keep it going.

“We can have any beers from any supplier, a fixed budget for bands, you can do what you want to and make it your own.”

The Pub is holding a relaunch night tomorrow, Friday November 27, between 8pm and 10pm.

Debbi said: “Not everything will be done by then, but a lot will.

“We’re putting the draught beers on at £2.50 a pint, which is what they were 10 years ago when we first moved in.

“August are playing - who are my favourite band of them all. Then on Saturday we’ve got Rock of Ages, who do glam and metal. They’re only doing one show this year and they’re doing it for us.

“What’s been great about The Pub is that it’s been a generational thing. People come out with their parents, some even come with their grandparents!

“There’s definitely a weekend buzz around The Pub, and we’ve continued to try and keep things fresh, so we hope people continue to support us.”