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

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

Tina Crawford, landlady of the Marshland Arms PHOTO: Tina Crawford - Credit: Archant

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.


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“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:

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• 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.

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