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High hopes as farmer takes over Baston pub

Farmer Mark Richardson who has bought The Spinning Wheel pub at Baston.
Photo: MSMP020113-023ow

Farmer Mark Richardson who has bought The Spinning Wheel pub at Baston. Photo: MSMP020113-023ow

A farmer is hoping to sow the seeds for a thriving village venue after buying his local pub just weeks after it closed down.

Mark Richardson took the keys to The Spinning Wheel in Church Street, Baston, last month.

The pub shut its doors in October and despite a Facebook campaign to save it from village residents was put up for sale by owner Charles Wells Brewery .

Mr Richardson, 41, who runs arable farming firm Frank Richardson and Sons, was disappointed to see it close.

But he saw an opportunity and bought the building from the brewery.

Mr Richardson, of Thetford House Farm, North Meadow Road, said: “When Charles Wells announced they were going to sell The Spinning Wheel and it might not remain as a pub I thought it was a great shame.

“I saw an opportunity to set about turning the building back into a business and a pub like it should be.”

Mr Richardson is new to the pub industry and is keen to learn the ropes.

He has not set an opening date for his new venture, but invited villagers in on Christmas Eve to let them know their pub had been saved.

He added: “The reaction from the village has been fantastic.

“There has been a lot of support, particularly from the people who organise events for the village.

“They are all people who I want to engage with.”

Mr Richardson hopes to find a business partner to help him run the pub and is keen to hear what Baston residents want from it.

He said: “I am working out what is best for me, the people who will be running it and the village.

“We are not a chain and we will listen to what people want.”

Mr Richardson is keen to hear from potential partners. Call him on 07802 442118.

 

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