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Titanic date set for Seighford pub

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: November 01, 2012

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OVERJOYED Seighford residents who invested their own cash to buy the village pub will open the venue on November 28 - following months of work and a battle to find a landlord.

The Hollybush has scored a major coup as Titanic Brewery has agreed to come on board to manage the pub.

It marks the end of almost a year of hard slog for villagers, desperate to save the building from developers when it was offered for sale last year.

Seighford landowner Robert Eld proposed the idea and organised a meeting with residents. There was overwhelming support with villagers rushing to get involved and pledge their cash.

They bought the pub for £199,000 at auction in March and since then have been working to bring it up to scratch.

They have also been hunting for a licensee.

Brewery boss Dave Bott, who lives in nearby Great Bridgeford, was already involved as a shareholder but was reluctant to take it on as a Titanic pub.

He told the Newsletter this week: “As a brewery we don’t normally take on this type of country dining pub.

“However, I thought about it and having taken on a pub in Leek last year, which had the dining aspect I felt we learned enough to be able to do it.

"I know the area and the people and already know we’re going to have at least 70 regular customers.

“The past eight or nine months have been spent making the building water tight and habitable.

"We now have a designer coming in and plans to do work, such as restoring fireplaces and making it a proper country pub.

"The managers seewe put in will get on running it and will report to me. If the shareholders have issues they will be reported at our board meetings.”

November 28 will be the official opening if the work goes to plan, with all the shareholders and dignitaries being invited.

Community members are also hoping to open a shop somewhere in the village.

Mr Eld added: “Our hope is that it will be community orientated and that we can open to serve breakfast and provide newspapers.

“We had hoped to create a community shop here if it was viable but it isn’t at the moment.

"However, there are some other potential sites that we could look to develop as a shop.

“We have got the best of both worlds with Titanic being involved in the pub. I would like to thank all those people who invested and got involved. Without them it wouldn’t have been possible.”

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  November 11 2012, 5:12PM

    For the attention of John Warrilow. John as you say the pub will be opening for business on 28th November, from Thursday 15th November you can book a table for December using this e-mail address hollybushseighford@hotmail.co.uk If you have any trouble just telephone your booking using the Titanic number 01782 823447. We look forward to seeing you there and reporting back if you were happy with the new Hollybush. The Seighford Pub Company. Peter Longstaff Secretary,

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  November 09 2012, 10:18AM

    Hi John, Please contact the brewery to see if we cacn help you with your enquiry, you can get us on 01782 823447. Thanks Sam Warrilow

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  November 03 2012, 7:54PM

    I am really pleased that the Holly Bush is getting off the ground especially with Titanic on board. All my wifes family come from Seighford and near Xmas every year we have a family day mostly at a local pub. We always used to use the Holly Bush. I note that you are opening on 28.11.12. Our family day this year is on Sunday 16th, December 2012 my enquiry is "will you be serrving meals by then Xmas Fayre or whatever. There are normally about 20+ and be there for around 4 hours. Could you let me know ASAP as we need to book soon. A deposit is not a problem. Thanks

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