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Couple take on free house with diners in mind
Thursday, 04 November 2010
By Owen Adams
THE Yew Tree’s new landlords should not be strangers to drinkers and diners in Longhope.
Natalie and Steve Taylor-Pockett and their three dogs only moved about half a mile up the road from the Nag’s Head.
“The main attraction with the Yew Tree is that it’s a free house, so we can set our own prices and stock what we want,” said Natalie.
“We’re serving several real ales and different guest ales. But because the Yew Tree has opened and shut so much recently we have our work cut out trying to get the regulars back in.”
While Steve and Natalie are busy keeping the old building in good shape, and decorating, Natalie’s father and uncle have been busy clearing 6ft-high nettles in the garden, and refurbishing the children’s play area.
The most major change returning drinkers will notice is the food. Not only is there now a partition between the bar and restaurant, but the Yew Tree has a chef with pedigree. Penny Hutchins worked in top Cheltenham restaurants the Greenway Hotel and Daffodil, as well as the nearby Glasshouse, Red Hart in Blaisdon and Yew Tree in Clifford’s Mesne.
“Penny is well-known for her fish dishes particularly and everything is homemade,” said Natalie. “That includes puddings, which change all the time. You won’t find anything processed.”
Call 01452 830355 to book. Food is served every day except Mondays and the pub is closed after 7pm on Sundays.
Copyright Tindle Newspapers Ltd Monday, 20 May 2013
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