Village pub gets new lease of life

The Crown, Granborough. 2nd left, owner, Toby Marchant, 4th left, landlord, Frank Haynes and 5th, right, Toby's sister, interior designer, Tessa Bailey.'130928M-F213
The Crown, Granborough. 2nd left, owner, Toby Marchant, 4th left, landlord, Frank Haynes and 5th, right, Toby's sister, interior designer, Tessa Bailey.'130928M-F213
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Sadly, the sight of empty and boarded-up pubs is all too common in the UK these days.

And it seemed that would be the fate of Granborough’s last remaining pub, the Crown, until local resident Toby Marchant stepped in and bought it.

Mr Marchant, who has lived in the village 17 years, noticed the Crown had started to go downhill several years ago.

He told the Advertiser: “Pubs are under so much pressure with pricing and various other charges, it’s no wonder pubs are closing.

“The Crown was in a bad way around the middle of this year.

“For me, it became about preserving a vital village asset as Granborough used to have three pubs, and without one it would be a lesser place.”

“So far, we have been doing extremely well.

“The pub has always had soul and I think it is becoming a central point in the village.”

In the near future, Mr Marchant plans to refurbish the pub’s outside surroundings, making it a safe and secure family environment.

The inside of the pub has received a major makeover with freshly decorated rooms and new furniture.

Manager Frank Haynes, whom has been at the helm since December 2012, has remained as manager at the Crown.

Mr Haynes said: “Since our relaunch, everything has been excellent. Everyone comments about the refurbishment and how lovely and bright everything looks, especially the Oak Room.”