As Tina takes on the challenge of a 200-year-old Fenland pub, closed for a year, we invite her top 10 reasons for dropping in

PUBLISHED: 16:58 14 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:58 14 February 2017

Tina Crawford, landlady of the Marshland Arms PHOTO: Tina Crawford

Tina Crawford, landlady of the Marshland Arms PHOTO: Tina Crawford


It’s one of the hardest jobs in 21st century Britain but after taking over a 200-year-old Fen pub that had been closed for a year, Tina Crawford is determined to succeed.

But it’s its not just Tina who is giving it her best shot – barmaid Lyn rang to give her boss a boost.

“It’s very brave of her to do this,” said Lynn. “I think people should know how she’s working to make it a success.”

Tina’s challenge is the Marshland Arms at Marshland St James and already Tina is building a reputation for the pub’s home made cooking.

She said: “I was at the Blacksmiths at Elm for nine years before coming here when it sold. This had sat empty for some time.

“I’ve been in the pub trade all my life. I cook all my own dishes from scratch and am working on this being a food-led venue,” she said.

So, we asked Tina, here’s your chance to give our readers 10 reasons for paying you a visit. Her list:

• It is a peaceful setting in the heart of the country.

• Traditional home-cooked food with some of your favourite dishes.

• Fresh ingredients are bought from local butcher, baker, and vegetable growers.

• In the summer the pub will have an outdoor dog friendly area.

• Two real ales with regular guest ales. Currently showcasing ales from Humpty Dumpty brewery.

• During summer months there will be a tea room area with home baked cakes and scones.

• There is a separate room for corporate bookings or private family functions.

• Quiz night is on the first Tuesday of each month.

• There is regular live music. On Friday February 24 is Lloyd Moony with songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

• Open mic night is on the third Thursday of each month.

CONTACT: 01945 430319

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