Calling all cider drinkers to Five Mile House pub in the Cotswolds
NEW owners of a Cotswold pub are hoping to tickle the taste buds of traditional drinkers while satisfying a thirst for the current love of all things cider.
Business partners Martin Thomas and John Bagshaw, from London, have taken on the grade two-listed The Five Mile House in the village of Duntisbourne Abbots, near Cirencester.
They hope the hidden treasures inside the pub and restaurant, which includes listed furniture – as well as the building – will entice customers into venue, which is off the A417, near the Texaco petrol station.
The new owners are also in the process of opening up a cider bar, which will have around 50 different types of the fruity drink on sale in the next couple of weeks.
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Mr Thomas, 53, said they had 40 years experience in the trade and hoped to turn it into a thriving community pub and restaurant.
The food side of the business has been closed for more than a year and Mr Thomas said that had led a lot of customers to believe the pub was closed as well.
He said: "We had looked at a number of pubs in London and someone recommended the Five Mile House. As soon as we saw it we knew it was the place and knew we could do a lot with it. It has an incredible amount of character with so much potential."
The Five Mile House was named Cotswold restaurant of the year in 2005 and 2006 and pub of the year in 2007.
He said: "We want to restore it to that kind of glory. We're serving up traditional pub grub like pies, steak, fish and ploughmans, but with a twist.
"More than 80 per cent of our produce for the food and bar comes from the local area.
"It has been a big responsibility to take it on as it is so well loved within the community and had a huge reputation.
"We want to keep and enhance that and we are relishing the opportunity."
Mr Thomas moved from the capital three weeks ago and said the locals had been more than hospitable.
He added: "Village pubs are so important to community life. We want it to be a place where we have fun and so do the customers.
"A pub should be a place where people meet new friends and talk to old ones.
"We want to engage with the community and be at the heart of village and I think it is really important for that."
It is currently open from 11am to 11pm on Wednesday to Sunday and serving food during those days lunchtimes and evenings, bar Sunday.