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Opening night is on the cards for a village pub

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

By GARETH BUTTERFIELD

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A VILLAGE pub near Ashbourne is set to reopen this weekend, after being treated to a £150,000 investment.

The Nag’s Head, in Hulland Ward, was given a makeover by leaseholders Mark Dance and Margaret Chamberlain, and its owners Punch Taverns.

The village’s local, one of two pubs within the community boundary, had been closed for four weeks while a refurbishment was carried out to improve the overall look and feel of the pub.

As part of the makeover, its walls have been decorated using feature wallpaper as well as new furniture and fittings.

The Nag’s Head’s former pool room has been converted into a dining area and the pub will be introducing new menus featuring home-made pub classics, a children’s menu and a light bites menu.

The pub is also looking to develop its drinks selection and offer a range of coffees, three cask ales and a rotating guest ale.

Ms Chamberlain, who previously ran the nearby Brackendale Restaurant before taking on the pub in November, said: “The pub looks amazing – I can’t believe the transformation.

“The fact that we now have a new kitchen and a dedicated dining area means we can have a stronger focus on food, exploring different dishes for the menu and by having special food nights, like ‘Pie Night’ on Thursdays as well as Sunday lunches.

“The team and I look forward to the launch, where we will be welcoming customers to celebrate the new look pub with us.”

A launch night has been arranged for Saturday, February 23 to give visitors a chance to sample a taster menu.

Local singer, Vicki Lambert will be performing from 9pm on the night.

Punch Taverns’ Partnership Development Manager, Paul Alldis, said he was looking forward to the re-opening.

He said: “The pub has been completely transformed, not only does it have a more lighter and modern look, but it has kept the warm and cosy feel of a village inn.

“With the investment, we essentially wanted to position the Nags Head as one of the leading pubs that could provide great drinks and destination dining for residents in Ashbourne and the surrounding areas.

“Margaret has a wealth of experience in the catering industry and will be able to offer a completely new and varied home-made food menu using locally-sourced ingredients. This will be complemented by the new selection of cask ales.

”I expect the launch to be busy with visitors eager to see the new look. The launch will give the local community a chance to meet Margaret and the team and see what facilities the pub can offer.”

Punch Taverns, one of the UK’s largest leased pub companies, has around 4,500 pubs in the country. The firm, which is based in Burton-on-Trent, also owns the Coach and Horses pub in Dig Street, Ashbourne and the Cavendish Arms in Doveridge.

To find out more about the Nag’s Head, visit its new website at www.nagsheadhullandward.com

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