New tenants have big plans for village pub

Pictured are Sharon Bray & Wayne Ridley, who have recently taken over the running of The Plough pub in Braunston.
Pictured are Sharon Bray & Wayne Ridley, who have recently taken over the running of The Plough pub in Braunston.

A COUPLE have big plans for a village pub after taking over the reins just before Christmas.

Sharon Bray and Wayne Ridley are now running the The Old Plough in Braunston after taking over on December 5.

The couple, who live in Long Buckby, are getting married in April this year and are enjoying their new venture.

Mr Ridley said: “I’ve run pubs before in Lincolnshire before we moved back to this area last year, and I was working here as a bar cellar man under the previous landlady.

“When she left we put in an application and managed to get it.

“We’ve got big plans for the pub now.

“There’s going to be a total refurbishment to give it a fresh look while keeping the original character.

“We are also going to start things like curry and pie nights and we pride ourselves on all our food being home cooked.

“It’s been absolutely crazy over Christmas and New Year.

“We’ve had live music and have also just started an acoustic chill out night on Sundays.

“We’ve had a really good response from the village and we are just really enjoying it here.”

The couple also have some big plans up their sleeves for events taking place this year.

Mr Ridley added: “We will be doing something special for Valentine’s Day.

“We plan on having a three- course menu for £19 and a two- course menu for £15.

“We will also be doing something for Mother’s Day and might also arrange something for Burns Night.”

“The pub is a big building with a lot of space upstairs so we are also considering opening a bed and breakfast at some point in the future.”