Couple aim to give Oakham pub new lease of life

Paula and Iain Reeves who have taken over The Horseshoe pub at Oakham, pictured with chef Steven Carr, right.'Photo: MSMP160413-035ow
Paula and Iain Reeves who have taken over The Horseshoe pub at Oakham, pictured with chef Steven Carr, right.'Photo: MSMP160413-035ow
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A glass has been raised for a couple who have taken over the running of a pub in a bid to give the venue a new lease of life and keep it open.

Iain and Paula Reeves have moved into the Horseshoe Inn in Braunston Road, Oakham.

Everards Brewery wants to convert the pub into a convenience store, stating that it is “no longer viable” because of a fall in trade.

But the couple said they are determined to make a go of it with the view to changing the brewery’s plans.

Paula, 38, is returning to her roots in moving back to Oakham after 20 years away.

Iain, 42, is an ex-serviceman, who has spent 24 years in the army.

A relaunch evening is being held at the pub tomorrow from 6pm to celebrate to couple’s arrival, which will include food and drink samples.

Paula said: “We’re really going to try and make a go of it.

“It will be a challenge to change the brewery’s mind but we’re determined and we’ve got a passion for it.

“It’s really nice that I’ve had people recognise me from when I used to live in the area. We’ve been made to feel very welcome so far and we’re very excited.”

The couple are hoping to make the venue a more family-friendly pub. They are introducing a children’s menu and are installing a new swing set in the beer garden.

They are also giving the pub a facelift with refurbishment work.

Everards is set to submit plans to Rutland County Council for a change of use of the site.

A number of residents said they would object to the plans.