(apologies to our Newsletter recipients for whom most of this is old news!!!)
The Festive Season seems a long time ago now but we had a lovely, busy time in the pub with various dinners and parties. You can see photographic evidence on our web site www.redlion.biz. Particularly impressive and fun were the dressing up costumes worn on New Year’s Eve Eve. Santa paid us a visit again in the middle of the month – it was magical to see the looks on the children’s faces when he knew their names and chatted to them. New Year’s Eve was also a busier evening than I expected, salsa dancing and a noisy conga around the outside of the pub were a first!!
By the time you read this we will have had our annual Robert Burns Celebration Supper which, at the time of writing, is fully booked. We are all looking forward to a traditional evening of good food, songs, speeches, bagpipes and lots of tartan!! Again, photos will be on the web site soon.
We have several events planned for February and March but not many details at the time of writing but do look at the website or ring us for information.
Valentines Night 14 February – Special Valentines Menu
Charity Quiz Monday 27 February is for our Village Web group. This is run by volunteers Eric Dore, Sally Dugan and Myron and Veronica Edwards and they need to raise money for the hosting fee and other administration costs so please come and support them.
St David’s Day Keep 1stMarch free as we will be having a special Welsh evening to celebrate St David’s Day. Last year was great with a special Welsh menu (leeks and lamb mainly!!) and some Welsh singing and poems.
Pudding Night Thursday 8 March We haven’t had one of these for ages but people have been asking so here it is. Ring to book and put the date in your diary NOW. We will only do it if we are fully booked as that’s the only way it works really. If you remember you have 1 starter from a choice of about 5 and 3 puddings from a choice of about 13 including cheese and biscuits and a selection of naughty and not so naughty puddings!!
St. Patrick’s Day Saturday 17March Something Irish will be happening!!
Sunday 18 March Mothers Day Lunch - free Bucks Fizz for mothers
Sunday 18 March Evening 7.30pm Open Mic Night, the last few open mic nights have been very well supported with an incredibly high level of musicianship. Why not come long and see for yourself or perform if you would like. All Welcome.
Charity Quiz 26 March Amy Lidstone is organizing this Quiz to raise money for an expedition to Romania
At this point I would like to tell you about our plans for this year. When we took over the pub we had a 5 year plan and in July we will have been here for 5 years (can you believe it?!!) When we bought the pub from Bill he said “after 5 years they are fed up with your stories and you are fed up with theirs” – I think there is a lot of truth in that!! So, we aim to sell the pub sometime in the next 6 months. We haven’t contacted any agents yet as we hope that there will be someone (or a couple of families) around who would like to take over and run it along the same lines as us but if nobody comes forward we will probably contact agents around March.
It has been a brilliant and exciting journey, but I feel I should move on while I am still enjoying it and feeling enthusiastic, (I wouldn’t like to turn into Basil Fawlty). I will miss lots about the pub and am so grateful for your support over the years. I feel I have made loads of new friends with whom I hope to stay in touch. I will keep you posted but if anyone fancies running one of the best pubs in the area, let me know!!
However, we will be here for a few months yet so please keep on coming!!!
Looking forward to seeing you soon.
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