New bosses to rock The Boat House pub in Tewkesbury
THE new landlords of The Boat House want to improve Tewkesbury's nightlife to give people "the variety they deserve."
Kym Simpson and Richard Trebble have only been at the helm of the riverside pub in Mythe Road for a couple of weeks, but already have big plans for the venue to become "the place to be seen."
The couple, who are both 23, have experience of working in the pub/restaurant trade and say they are "in touch with what people want."
The pub will have three nights of entertainment a week with plenty of variety.
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Kym said: "We immediately saw the potential of the pub and knew we couldn't miss the opportunity to take it on.
"There's just not a great deal to do in town at night, people get bored and are forced to go home to bed. We want to change that, we want to make it a lively and upbeat pub with plenty of entertainment."
The pub will host open mic nights on Thursdays, late-night discos on Fridays and live bands on Saturdays.
Kym said: "People deserve to have a better nightlife. They can get up to dance or just sit back and relax with a beer.
"We are a young couple, we know what our generation want for a good night out."
Kym and Richard have already sound-proofed the building and are re-decorating to give the pub "a modern-day approach."
A new menu of British pub food favourites has been introduced. With a four-year-old daughter called Ruby, the couple is also keen to reach out to families with a coffee morning for parents and children.
Kym was previously the assistant manager at The Nottingham Arms in Tewkesbury and Richard was a dairy farmer before working in the kitchen of Pizza Express.
The Boat House closed earlier this year. Previous bosses Mike and Wendy Wakeman walked away after spending £250,000 to transform the previously run-down King John's Tavern, which was notorious for noise and anti-social behaviour problems, into a family restaurant.
Kym added they would turn it into a "safe and friendly" venue with door staff to ensure that problems at the site remain a thing of the past.