Organic revamp gives pub a designer twist

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The Shoulder of Mutton has new owners and they have made the pub organic from top to bottom to create a ‘quiet family eatery’.

With craft beers and yeast-free pizzas, the Little Horwood pub, which closed in January, is up and running again thanks to Lee Hollingworth and his partner Ann Shore, an acclaimed designer.

Their first two weeks in Church Street have flown by and they already have plans in place to turn a nearby field into an organic growing patch.

Mr Hollingworth said; “We’re a quiet family eatery. No events, no Sky Sports.

“It’s an intimate space and we’ve had a really warm reception from the local community. They seem to understand what we are doing. It’s going good.”

Mr Hollingworth opened his first organic restaurant in 1983 but it ‘didn’t last very long’ because ‘nobody understood organic back then’.

But after a successful stint in Bethnal Green, the couple have transferred the organic setup – Story Deli – to Bucks.

Designer Ann helps behind the scenes of the pub which offers pizza made from flour and mineral water.

“People are not quite sure what to expect, but they really seem to like them,” said Mr Hollingworth, who moved to Little Horwood to be closer to his son Charles, 14, a pupil at Stowe School.

The pub boasts 100 per cent certified organically grown ingredients for its pizzas, beers, wines, hot drinks and sweet treats.