Horse & Groom success one year down the line

Horse & Groom success one year down the line

A year after a £180k investment by Star Pubs & Bars and licensee Graeme Beal in 2016, the Horse & Groom in Linby has been given a new lease of life and the community a much-loved pub. 

The former drinkers’ pub and tea room has been transformed into a popular village pub which is now used by the whole community.  It has a regular weekly fun pub quiz and is meeting place for the local rotary club, the water polo team and Young Farmers among others. 

Food is now centre stage at the pub, with food sales doubling in the last year.  The pub now serves 100 Sunday roasts a week.  12 new jobs have been created on the back of its success. 

Although a village pub, villagers didn’t use the Horse & Groom prior to the refurbishment.  Graeme, who has run the pub for three years, said: “The Horse & Groom was always seen as a village local but you could count on one hand the number of people from the village using it before it was done up. 

“The pub used to be little rooms with cliques in them.  Since it has been opened up, many more people are using the pub and different groups of people now talk to each other.  It has brought the community together.”

David Pritchard, operations & sales director of Star Pubs & Bars said:  "We’re delighted that the refurbishment has helped Graeme put the Horse & Groom, where it should be, right at the heart of the community.  He and his team have done a great job.  They were even featured in the Times recently as a place to eat and drink when walking in the area.”

Next in the pub’s calendar is a Bank Holiday beer festival with marquee, live bands, 30-35 real ales, most locally sourced and a Horse & Groom prosecco bar. Around 2000 people are expected to turn up over the weekend