A VILLAGE pub which has been at the heart of its community for 175 years is to fully reopen next month.
The Yeaveley Arms stood empty for four years until its new owners moved in and began an ambitious six month refurbishment.
The pub opened for wet sales on Monday, November 6, but its new restaurant will be fully open to the public at the end of the week.
The kitchen and Pear Tree restaurant area are still undergoing final refurbishments, but Jonathan Halliday, an investment partner involved in the project, is confident all the work will be finished on their targeted launch date of Friday. He said: “We opened for wet sales three weeks ago which went brilliantly and we had lots of positive feedback from locals.
“We are on track to open the restaurant fully and we are already fully booked.
“We are also fully booked for Christmas Day, so people must have been impressed.
The pub is owned by Robert Parker, the landlord, and myself and Russell Fish, who have invested into the business.
“I’ve known Rob for around 35 to 40 years from school and he has worked for years in the hotel and pub trade.
“I’ve been telling him to get his own place for a while as he is a local man. Rob is from Dalbury Lees and has worked in many hotels and pubs around the Derbyshire area, so he knows his stuff.”
Plans by the previous ownership to demolish the building to build four detached homes failed in spring last year. Robert, who will live at the pub with his dog Oscar, said: “When we saw the Yeaveley Arms, we fell in love with it straight away.
“Life is far too short not to grab opportunities like this.
“We all invested into the place and took on the lease six months ago.
“We undertook a substantial investment in renovating the pub and refitting the kitchen and restaurant area.
“We wanted to bring life back to this lovely pub, open it as Yeaveley Arms and create a country public house with good quality, but affordable food.
“And we want to be able to offer a warm, cosy and friendly environment.
“It will be a community pub and we hope that what we’ve created appeals to many, if not all, both near and far.”
When the Pear Tree Restaurant officially opens on Friday, guests will find themselves choosing from starters such as Braised Ham Hock Terrine, Tempura Soft Shell Crab and Organic Salmon Rillette with Caviar.
Main Courses will include Oven Baked Hake; Pan Roasted Partridge and crackled Pork Belly and sweets will include Whisky, White Chocolate and Apricot Bread and Butter Pudding or Espresso Crème Brulee with Daltons Rum and Raisin IceCream and Homemade Shortbread Biscuit.
Jonathan said: “We want to offer good quality pub food, not fine dining like a lot of the places around this area.
“It will be good value for money as we want people to be able to come in on any night they want instead of cooking.”
The main menu will be available for lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday, noon until 2.30pm and then from 6pm until 8.30pm. A traditional roast menu is offered on Sundays between noon and 4pm.
Around 20 types of whisky are lined up behind the bar, with a similar number of gins, complementing the cask ales, lagers and ciders.
Among the quirks designed into the dog-friendly pub, formerly known as the Horseshoes, are gents’ toilets shaped from beer barrels, and even hooks on the wall of the pub for people who choose to arrive on horseback.
Jonathan said: “The quirky gent’s loos are just a bit of fun.
“I don’t think many of our customers will have gone into a beer barrel before.
“Most of the guys who use them come out and say that they’re great.
“Some even say that they want them at home.”
In the New Year the team hopes to start a monthly quiz night, as well as introducing Live Music events for the summer season and menu taster evenings.
To find out more or to book a table, call 01335 330700.
Article courtesy of Gareth Butterfield / Ashbourne News Telegraph