Pub given new lease of life as friends take tenancy

Marcus Welford, left, and Tim Luff who have reopened the Northwick Arms pub at Ketton.'Photo: MSMP050313-006ow
Marcus Welford, left, and Tim Luff who have reopened the Northwick Arms pub at Ketton.'Photo: MSMP050313-006ow
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A village pub has been given a new lease of life after two friends jumped at the chance to take over the tenancy.

Marcus Welford and chef Tim Luff have taken over the running of the Northwick Arms in High Street, Ketton.

The establishment faced an uncertain future after brewery Marston’s closed it at the beginning of January. That was until Marcus and Tim came along looking for a new venture.

The pair were initially prepared to take the pub on a five year term but within two days of getting the keys, the brewery announced it was intending to sell the venue. Marcus and Tim have been given a rolling tenancy until the point of sale but after a small refurbishment and complete overhaul of the kitchen, the pair are determined to make a go of it and prove to the brewery that the pub can be a success.

Marcus said: “It’s a real pub for the community and we just thought it would be a shame for it to stay shut. We really believe in what we are doing and our aim is to eventually buy it.

“It’s fantastic to be open.”

The pair first met at the renowned gastro pub, the Olive Branch in Clipsham. Marcus was one of the founders of the Rutland Inn Company which owns the Olive Branch. Tim was head chef at the pub and has now compiled a menu for the Northwick Arms which includes a range of pub classics. The venue also offers real ales, lagers and a selection of wines.

Marcus added: “It’s been amazingly well received since opening. The locals are loving the fact it’s open again and we’ve been fully booked at the weekends with diners.

“We’re just trying to move it forward and not be a restaurant but be a pub that serves great food.”

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