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Locals pleased to have Swayfield pub open again

The Royal Oak pub at Swayfield. left to right are Tom Waughman, Andrew Lea, Luke Baxter. 996D

The Royal Oak pub at Swayfield. left to right are Tom Waughman, Andrew Lea, Luke Baxter. 996D

Delighted villagers have given a warm welcome to a new team running their local pub.

The Royal Oak at Swayfield closed unexpectedly in the spring of last year and the doors remained closed for six months.

But now the pub, in High Street, is back in business, bustling with villagers pleased to have their local back.

New licensee Andrew Lea, 34, said: “As soon as we came here people in the village were very friendly towards us.

“They have given us tremendous support and have said they are glad to have their village pub open once again.”

Andrew, who previously ran a bar at St Ives in Cambridgeshire for four years, was invited to take over the pub by the building’s owner.

He has recruited two experienced former colleagues to help him run the pub.

Luke Baxter, 22, is head chef and Tom Waughman, 25, is bar and events manager.

The three say they do not plan to make major changes at the Royal Oak, and aim to maintain what Andrew calls its “nice homely feel.”

There have been a couple of innovations, though.

They sell takeaway fish and chips and fresh vegetables and there is a happy hour Tuesday to Friday.

Meals are available lunchtime and evening and there is a Sunday roast.

And a quiz night on Sundays attracts a good crowd.

The Royal Oak is closed Mondays.

 

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