Electrical engineer Martin excited about challenge of taking over Gorefield village pub Woodmans Cottage
PUBLISHED: 09:19 24 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:19 24 April 2015
An electrical engineer has taken the plunge and bought his local pub.
Woodmans Cottage, Gorefield. Picture: Steve Williams.
Woodmans Cottage, Gorefield. Chef Mike Pollard. Picture: Steve Williams.
Woodmans Cottage, Gorefield.Chef Mike Pollard. Picture: Steve Williams.
Woodmans Cottage, Gorefield. Left: Manager Jane Brown and Owner Martin Walpole. Picture: Steve Williams.
Woodmans Cottage, Gorefield. Left: Manager Jane Brown and Owner Martin Walpole.Picture: Steve Williams.
Martin Walpole has taken over Woodmans Cottage, of High Street, Gorefield. Neither him nor his sister Jane Brown, who will manage the pub, have any experience in the trade.
Mr Walpole, who was born within yards of the pub, thinks he can transform the pub’s fortunes.
“I was born about 150 yards away from the pub and I really wanted to see it doing well again and restored to its former glory,” he said.
“This is the first time I’ve done this. I’m an electrical engineer - I’ve never run a pub before. My sister Jane is the same. We’re jumping in at the deep end.”
Mr Walpole is going all out to make the pub a success. He has overseen an extensive refurbishment so it can become a hub for entertainment.
But the emphasis will be on fine dining on high quality food, Mr Walpole says.
He added: “We’ve done extensive work on the pub to make it more family friendly.
“We’ve brought in a chef who has 12 years experience in the RAF. We’ll be doing lunches, evening sittings and a Sunday carvery. There will be an emphasis on good food and fine dining.”
To make a booking at the pub, call 01945 871094.
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