Merry times for real ale lovers in Cheltenham as duo take on pub
MERRY fellows at a Cheltenham pub can raise their beer tankards to toast the arrival of two new landlords.
Real ale enthusiast Martyn Herbert – who almost died in a car accident three years ago – has taken over the Merry Fellow, in Charlton Kings, with his business partner Caite Jones.
The pair have vowed to turn the School Road venue into a traditional real ale pub, serving a variety of beers from across the UK.
After taking over the pub this week, they are planning a grand reopening party tomorrow with a barbecue, inviting residents to come and enjoy a good knees-up.
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Martyn, 62, a staunch member of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), said: "We're really excited about getting started.
"This has the potential to be a fantastic community pub.
"We'll be looking to serve plenty of real ale. There are four on at the moment and we'll be looking to increase that to six, with hand pumps in the skittle alley too.
"Going forward I'd like us to have our own beer festivals and other events."
For Martyn, a former accountant, the move marks an exciting new challenge.
Just three years ago he was nearly killed in a horrific car crash which left him partially brain damaged and unable to continue in his profession. But after defying doctors, who gave him a slim chance of survival, he dusted himself down and began looking for a new venture.
As a lifelong lover of real ale, taking on a pub seemed the natural choice. He has teamed up with Caite, who has 20 years' experience of running pubs and clubs, and is from the area.
"I guarantee people who come here we will be stocking a great variety of beers and they will be of an excellent standard."
The pub has been closed all week for "a lick of paint" and will open tomorrow at noon.