Village pub all set for grand reopening in Baston

Owner Mark Richardson, second right, with managers Ben and Germaine Larter and head chef Leighton O'Callaghan
Owner Mark Richardson, second right, with managers Ben and Germaine Larter and head chef Leighton O'Callaghan

The new owner of a village pub hopes to return it to the centre of the community once it reopens to customers tomorrow.

The former Spinning Wheel in Church Street, Baston, will open its doors under new management as The White Horse at midday tomorrow.

New owner Mark Richardson is confident he has found a top team to run the pub and wants it to become the focal point for Baston residents.

He said: “The team has worked well and we are looking forward to resurrecting the pub with a new face and a new name.

“I hope it will become a great British pub at the centre of the community with great food and drink.”

Mark, a farmer by trade, bought the former Spinning Wheel in December last year.

He recruited husband and wife team Ben and Germaine Larter to manage The White Horse and chef Leighton O’Callaghan to run the kitchen.

In total Mark has employed five full time staff and 12 part time, most of whom come from Baston or nearby.

He has tried to tie the pub in to the village’s history and the new colour of the building was chosen to match Baston’s sign.

The grand opening tomorrow will have a special offer of £3 per pint, along with a £5 barbecue.

There will be a marquee with live music and a special visitor with a link to the pub’s new name.

Mark thanked his family for their support and said he was looking forward to welcoming customers for the first time.